About the Faculty

Scientific profile of the Faculty

 

Scientific staff of the Faculty conducts scientific research in the areas which are often aimed at the direct industrial applications.

Our scientists are among the international leaders of the modern trends in many fields of chemical engineering.

Many published books, scientific papers and communications presented at international and domestic conferences set the position of the Faculty at the spearhead of Warsaw University of Technology, being one of its leading driving force regarding the scientific research.

 

 


Scientific activities of the Faculty are focused on:

1.  Production of materials and compounds of a high-purity or extraordinary properties

2.  Design and modifications of industrial equipment

3.  Design of innovative technologies and novel processes

4.  Clean technologies and processes dedicated to environmental protection

5.  Novel energy sources

6.  Biomedical engineering and nanotechnology

7.  Bioprocess engineering and biotechnology

 


An important part of our research is related to the production of high-purity materials. As their extraordinary properties determine their economical value, this research area is of a great practical potential. The main areas of investigations within this field are related to:

•  precipitation of solid particles which can form powders applied as medicines, pigments, catalysts, magnetic materials

•  membrane separation processes: extraction, distillation and pervaporation, absorption and filtration (ultra-, microfiltration and reverse osmosis)

•  control of chemical reactions selectivity (micromixing effects, microreactors, etc.)

 

 

 


Research activities of the Faculty staff result in new designs of technical devices and systems. The ongoing research includes testing their prospective industrial applicability and deals with:

• mass transfer and hydrodynamics in specialized reactors (microreactors, Taylor-Couette-flow reactor), and their use for highly selective chemical reactions

• improvement of industrial bioreactors towards their high efficiency

• multifunctional reactors (e.g. chromatographic reactors, reactive-distillation devices) and fuel cells

 


New technologies developed at the Faculty have been successfully implemented in the industry, for instance:

 

• production technology of highly efficient filters for the purification of gases or liquids

• highly efficient industrial processes carried out with the use of microorganisms

• development of technologies which use supercritical fluids for production on micro- and nanoparticles

• production of nanosuspensions with predefined rheological properties

 

 


In the field of environmental protection processes, we investigate decontamination of gas, liquid and solid wastes with the specific focus on:

• cleaning of industrial gaseous exhausts and air filtration in a workplace (working environment)

• cleaning of liquid wastes by membrane processes and biological methods

• application of ozonation and advanced oxygenation to eliminate contaminants from wastewaters

• analysis of the contaminants migration in porous systems (soil, spoil tips, sewage sludge)

• decontamination of solid wastes and the treatment of polymeric waste

 

 


Technological process has brought a growing demand for energy with negative impacts on sustainable development and the environment. Our research in this field is focused on:

• development of eco-fuel and bio-ethanol production

• utilization of alternative (non-conventional, renewable) energy sources

• cost- and energy optimization of chemical reactors, heat engines, heat pumps and separation systems

• capture and sequestration of greenhouse gases.

 


An important part of scientific research at the Faculty is conducted on biomedical issues. They combine technological challenges with physiological constraints and are focused on:

• explanation of deposition and clearance mechanisms of aerosol particles in the lungs, interaction of inhaled particles and gases with the lung surfactant, experimental and computational investigations of the lung surfactant dynamics, production of inhalation powders with predefined particle morphology, research on powder resuspension and agglomeration during inhalation, design of inhaling devices

• design of the production systems of micro- and nanoparticles for special purposes (e.g. as carriers for controlled drug release in tumors, materials of bone implants and scaffolds) and application of these particles in the pre-clinical research

 

 


Scientific research in the field of bioprocess engineering and biotechnology are aimed at the application of the achievements of biological sciences to industrial processes, including:

• production, purification and application of enzymatic materials

•  biotechnological production of chitosan

•  separation and purification of enantiomers

•  new reactors (including membrane bioreactors) for growing microorganisms, plant cells, and for enzymatic conversions

•  biotechnological production of methane (bio-gas) and hydrogen

 


A significant part of the research carried at the Faculty is conducted as a part of national scientific projects (funded by National Centre for Science: NCN, National Centre for Research and Development: NCBR, Polish Science Foundation: FNP) and international projects (EU framework and structural funds).  The successful acquiring of such support for the research proves the high scientific competence of the scientists working at the Faculty.   

 

We cooperate with the leading foreign scientific and industrial centers including:

BASF (Germany), Merck (Germany), Bayer GmbH (Germany), Reckitt-Benckiser (Germany), Membrana GmbH (Germany), Unilever (UK), Nektar Therapeutic (UK), DSM (The Netherlands), Ferro Corporation Pharmaceutical Technologies (USA) and Cummins-Fleetguard (USA).

The members of our staff take part in the international exchange and they have been invited as visiting scientists e.g. by TU Delft (The Netherlands), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), University of Vienna (Austria), University of Bradford (UK), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), University of Venice (Italy), Kanazawa University (Japan), Hiroshima University (Japan), Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan), University of Newcastle (Australia), University of Delaware (USA), University of Chicago (USA), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA), University of Minnesota (USA) and University of Cincinnati (USA).

 

The employees of the Faculty are members of many international scientific societies, e.g.  European Federation of Chemical Engineering, American Chemical Society, American Association of Aerosol Research, International Society for Aerosols in Medicine, Geselschaft für Aerosolforschung, European Membrane Society, European Nuclear Society, and European Federation of Biotechnology.