Chemical process engineering

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    Chemical process engineering

    Chemical Process Engineering is the branch of engineering science which focuses on the transformation of low-value raw materials into high-value goods supporting the everyday life of people, such as food, drugs, fuel, automotive and packaging materials, fabrics, adhesives, bio-compatible materials (e.g. contact lenses, implants and prosthetics). This transformation typically requires a number of physical steps (separation and purification processes) and chemical steps (chemical reactions), which need to be combined in an optimal way to give the desired products with minimal consumption of raw materials and energy, minimal impact on the environment and safety for the operators. Chemical Process Engineering is the scientific area focusing on conceptual, equipment, control and monitoring aspects of both single process units (separation units and chemical reactors) and their overall combination. The unitary principles of Chemical Process Engineering find therefore application in a wide range of industries, spanning from traditional to new areas.

    Research flagships

    • Oil and Gas Processes
    • Supercritical Fluids
    • Membrane Separation
    • Process Monitoring and Chemometrics

    Strategic growth area

    • Process System Engineering


    • Develop novel cost-effective technologies for recovery of valuable nutrients and compounds from waste streams
    • Reduce energy consumption and environmental impact of chemical processes
    • Develop into an internationally recognised center of competence for application of production chemicals in oil and gas processes supporting oil and gas industry
    • Develop into an internationally recognised center of competence for supercritical fluids promoting the chemical industry switch from conventional to green solvents.   
    • Secure close collaboration with industry both national and international

Supercritical Fluids

Green solvents, Supercritical CO2, Near- and supercritical water.

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Process Monitoring and Chemometrics

Process Analytical Technology, Process control and monitoring, Spectroscopy, Chemometrics.


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Oil and gas processes

Oil and gas processes

Production chemistry, H2S scavenging, oil/water separation.

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Membrane seperation processes

Wastewater, food and dairy industry, downstream processes, water, phosphorus recovery, industrial waste streams, desalination, bioprocess integration, manure harvesting minerals.

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Process design and simulation

Process design and simulation of innovative processes and equipment for production of chemicals, petrochemicals, biofuels, etc. 

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    The department of Chemistry and Bioscience has built world class laboratory facilities in collaboration with industry. This include excellent research infrastructures in within the area of chemical process engineering.

    Highlighting some of our core equipment:

    SITEC PVT cell              

    PVT-cell with a variable volume (11-61 ml) and full visualization of the sample volume this PVT-cell allows for studies of phase equilibria in the range from ambient condition to 500 bar and 200 oC.


    Raman RXN1 spectrometer (Kaiser Optics, Ltd) with 785 nm laser, fiber connection and several probes allowing to acquire spectra with (immersion probe) and without (non-contact probe) interaction with samples. Can be used for solid and liquid samples as well as with powders.

    SITEC CO2 Extractor  

    Supercritical CO2 extractor with a volume of 345 ml and operating range from ambient to 500 bar and 200 oC. Applicable for the use of supercritical CO2 as a benign solvent compared to conventional organic solvents.

    SITEC Biomass reactor   

    This 99ml reactor system is designed for injection of water and slurries into an already heated reaction chamber to allow for fast heating of reactants. This novel design allows for investigation of reactions in near and supercritical water with a much better control of pressure, and reaction time than traditional batch reactors. Operating window is ambient to 300 bar and 400 oC.


    Several NIR spectrometers including lab scale Quant (Q-Interline) which can work both for reflectance and transmittance in the range of 1000-2500 nm and two handheld spectrometers from Hyspex (900-1800 nm and 1800-2500 nm)

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    Business partnerships

    A selection of our business partners: 

    • Rambøll Danmark A/S
    • Total E&P Danmark A/S
    • Dansk Shell A/S
    • Pieter Mouritsen A/S
    • Solvay Specialty Polymers (Italy)
    • Biofuel Technology A/S (Denmark)
    • Arla Foods Ingredients (Denmark)
    • Dupont (Denmark),
    • LIC Engineering (Denmark),
    • Unisense A/S (Denmark)
    • LicTech (Denmark)
    • Alfa Laval
    • Grundfos
    • Suez Water A/S
    • Krüger A/S
    • Aquaporin


We are aligned with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: