Collaborative research projects

Collaborative research projects

Process Design Center (PDC) actively participates in collaborative research and innovation projects with leading industry and technology partners from various sectors. Currently we have partners from the chemical, polymer, steel, pulp & paper, dairy, cement/ceramics and power sector.


PDC leads a project for the further development of the artificial intelligence knowledge-based system, PROSYN® Membranes, involving leading R&D partners, membrane suppliers and industrial end-users. This project is executed with a Topsector Energy subsidy from the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate under No. TEEI117002.


PROSYN® Membranes
Development of a public membrane expert system
2018 – 2022



When faced with the wide range of potential membrane solutions, selecting the right membrane for a specific application becomes complicated and time consuming, especially during the conceptual design phase of a project. Consequently, the potential energy and environmental impact savings that membranes can offer may be overlooked and membrane technology remains under-utilized. To address this issue a collaboration between PDC, TU/e, UTwente, research institutes, membrane suppliers and end-users has been established to further develop the PROSYN® Membrane expert system for an easy selection of the most promising membrane solutions.
PROSYN® Membranes will be made publicly available after the project. To this end, the use of membranes is encouraged to the benefit of both the process design engineer and membrane suppliers in industry.


PDC is consortium partner in 8 Horizon-2020 Research & Innovation projects listed below. These projects are highly relevant for the transition to a biobased and circular economy, covering subjects of:
• Biobased fuels, solvents, chemicals and polymers
• Plastic recycling
• Water management
• CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage)



Methane oxidative conversion and hydroformylation to propylene

CE-NMBP • 2018 – 2022


The aim of the C123 project is to valorize bio-gas and stranded methane gas reserves by the production of propylene and other C3 derivatives, more specifically propanol and propanal. Novel catalyst and reactor design for the oxidative conversion of methane (OCoM) and hydroformylation (HF), together with optimized and efficient process integration, enables feasible and more environmentally friendly conversion of methane into propylene and other C3 chemicals. In the project PDC will also apply its conceptual process design tools and expertise for the design, integration and techno-economic validation of the process concepts and scenarios.
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Biogenic waste to road fuels
LC-SC3-RES • 2018 – 2022


As the project title suggests, the aim of the Waste2Road project is to develop bio-fuels from low cost and abundant biogenic waste residues. For the production of these bio-fuels the entire value chain is covered from the feedstock collection, pre-treatment, liquefaction, upgrading (post-treatment), refining to the required fuel standards and road fuel testing. As one of the eleven partners working in this project, PDC focuses on the value chain integration and optimization, life cycle costing and techno-economic assessments.
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PMMA recycling to monomers
SPIRE • 2018 – 2022


PolyMethylMethAcrylate (PMMA) is a polymer with approximately 300,000 tonnes produced per year in Europe. PMMA is known for its unique optical properties (transparency) and potential for selective recovery of the raw material monomer by thermal decomposition. However, only 10% of PMMA is recycled and the state-of-art recycling process based on lead bath technology is environmentally problematic. The aim of the MMAtwo project is to develop an alternative process to convert PMMA industrial post-production scraps and end-of-life waste into high quality raw material. Implementation of the recycling value chain will significantly contribute to the circular economy of the plastics industry. In the project, PDC focuses on the process integration and techno-economic assessment of the developed process.
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High-quality polymers from residual biomass
NMBP-BIO • 2017 – 2020


In the BioCatPolymers project the focus is on the production of bio-polymers with equal or better performance than their fossil-based counterparts. Specifically, isoprene and 3MPD (3-methyl 1,5-pentadiol) are considered as high-added-value monomers. This is realized through a cost-effective, sustainable and efficient cascade technological route for the conversion of low-value, low-quality residual lignocellulosic biomass. The novel, integrated hybrid biochemical-thermochemical process includes pre-treatment, fermentation and recovery of biomass, coupled with efficient and selective thermochemical catalytic processes to produce the targeted bio-polymers. PDC focuses on the conceptual process design and full techno-economic assessment required toward pursuing the commercialization of the process.
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Adsorbents and processes for CO2 capture
NMBP • 2017 – 2021


In the CARMOF project, Carbon Capture and Storage (CSS) technology is used towards the EU’s 2050 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction target. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is captured through adsorbent materials or composites of MOFs (Metal Organic Framework), functionalized GO (Graphene oxide), oxygenated CNT (Carbon Nano Tubes) and PEI (Polyethylenimine) binders. These composites can be 3D printed into CO2 adsorbent monoliths and fitted onto combustions flue gas vents where the CO2 can be absorbed. Novel-built equipment integrated with the monoliths allow subsequent desorption and CO2 storage. In the end, CARMOF aims to offer pre-commercial technology validation of the VTSA (vacuum temperature swing adsorption) pilot plant and industrial demonstration plant designs. In addition to the process innovation, PDC is responsible for the conceptual design and techno-economic assessment of the demonstration plant scenarios.
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Renewable Solvents
BBI-JTI • 2017 – 2020


Conventional solvents toluene and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) are hazardous to the environment and human health. As a result, the project ReSolve, which is a public-private partnership between the EU Commission and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), aims to demonstrate the production of novel bio-based solvent alternatives. In addition to creating the range of bio-based solvents, a toxicological safety testing will be developed. PDC focuses on the conceptual design and techno-economic analyses of producing selected bio-based solvents.
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Water efficiency in 3 sectors: paper, steel, dairy
SPIRE • 2016 – 2020


The SpotView project aims to develop and demonstrate innovative, sustainable and efficient processes for the recovery, re-use and recycling of waste materials and energy heat in the Dairy, Pulp & Paper and Steel industries. This is done by assessing 14 existing and new technologies for nine new water management practices. From these, the entire value chain of up to seven selected technologies will be demonstrated and assessed in terms of its economic viability, environmental impacts and capacity to meet the required industrial volumes. In the project PDC works on the development of chemical heat pump technology together with Qpinch (Belgium) and focuses on the development and assessment of integrated water management systems.
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Adsorbents and processes for CO2 capture
LCE • 2016 – 2020


Like CARMOF the GRAMOFON project focuses on CO2 capture and storage as a central low-carbon technology to achieve the EU’s 2050 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction objectives. A new process – the Dry Sorption Process – for efficient CO2 capture through innovative adsorbents based on modified graphene aerogels and MOF (Metal Organic Framework) materials is being developed. In this project PDC focuses on the conceptual design, scale-up, process integration and techno-economic analysis of a commercial scale carbon capture and storage plant.
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These projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814557 (C123), No 818120 (Waste2Road), No 820687 (MMAtwo), No 760802 (BioCatPolymers), No 760884 (CARMOF), No 745450 (ReSolve), No 723577 (SpotView), and No 727619 (Gramofon).

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