Project Partners

Chemistry Innovation University of Warwick University of Aachen University of Hamburg BASF ICT Prague Cybernetica University of Cambridge

Partner Summaries

The Coopol project is made up of an interdisciplinary consortium of 7 European organisations consisting of reputable universities, SMEs and the worlds leading chemical conglomerate BASF.

The University of Warwick

Role in project: Coordinator and responsible for developing smart-scale reactors with embedded smart nanomaterials for self-regulation as next generation control strategy; Integration of soft sensors into multifunctional smart scale polymerization reactor architecture as well as demonstration activities.

The University of Warwick is the coordinating partner for the COOPOL project. The project management team is based at Warwick and is made up of Prof. David Haddleton, Principal Investigator and Eleanor Davis the project admistrator. The University of Warwick has been consistently rated within top five UK Universities and is part of the prestigious Russell group of top UK research Universities. For this project the School of Engineering will collaborate closely with the Department of Chemistry. The School of Engineering has particular strengths in complex systems, fluid mechanics and reaction engineering andis one of top-rated Engineering schools in the UK, according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, with over 70% of its research outputs rates as being internationally excellent. The Department of Chemistry with 75% of its outputs rated as internationally excellent in the last RAE has strengths in polymer science including synthesis and processing.

The group of Professor Haddleton (named PI) has been working in the area of polymer synthesis at Warwick since 1993 and collaborates with a wide range of industry in different market sectors. Professor Haddleton has extensive experience of managing large collaborativef framework projects and Marie Curie fellows. Please click here to visit the partner website.

The University of Hamburg

Role in Project: Smart scale polymerisation reactor development.

With about 38,000 students, the University of Hamburg is one of Germany's largest universities. Approximately 650 of the 4,100 academic staff are full professors. The University comprises of 150 different buildings throughout the city, although its main campus is located in Von-Melle-Park and the surrounding district of Eimsbüttel.

The Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry is situated at the main campus of the University of Hamburg. The key areas of our research are the synthesis and characterization of polymers as well as polymer reaction engineering.

The institute produces polymer materials by catalysis in corresponding glass and metal reactors on a gram to kilogram scale. Typical monomers are ethylene, propylene, propylene oxide, carbon oxides, isocyanates or aldehydes as well as acrylates and styrenics. Research focuses on the fields of chemical reaction engineering and the development of catalysts, the enhancement of knowledge on reaction paths, the development of polymerization reactions and the processing these. Please click here to visit the partner website.

The University of Aachen

Role in project: Responsible for developing model-based soft sensors; fusion of signals from robust and soft sensors for model identification , process operations and control and the development of robust dynamic real-time optimization schemes for online application.

With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s leading institutions for science and research. Currently around 35,800 students are enrolled in over 100 academic programmes. Over 5,000 of them are international students hailing from 120 different countries

The role of the chairs of Process Systems Engineering (AVT.PT led by Prof Wolfgang Marquardt and AVT.SVT led by Prof Alexander Mitsos) in this project is to develop methodologies for robust control and online optimization as well as state estimation including soft sensors.

Part of the work is subcontracted to S-PACT Gmbh (a university spin-off), with expertise in spectroscopic sensor calibration Please click here to visit the partner website.

RWTH are using S-PACT Gmbh, a spin of from the university, as a subcontractor with expertise in indirect hard modelling.

Institute of Chemical Technology Prague (ICT Prague)

Role in project: Responsible for developing the models.

ICT Prague is the largest educational institution of its kind in Central Europe. It continues the tradition of almost 200 years of education of technical chemistry in Bohemia. ICT Prague consists of four faculties: (i) Faculty of Chemical Technology, (ii) Faculty of Environmental Technology, (iii) Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology, and (iv) Faculty of Chemical Engineering. Despite its relatively small size, ICT Prague is the most efficient research institution in the Czech Republic. Juraj Kosek’s research group, belonging to the Department of Chemical Engineering ICT Prague, has two principal areas of interest: i) polymer reaction engineering focusing on the structure-property relationships of polymeric materials, including experimental and theoretical investigation of their morphology and thermodynamics and ii) efficient and sustainable energy solutions, i.e., development of stationary energy storage and batteries for mobile applications, as well as the production and the characterization of nanoparticles for batteries and other purposes. Please click here to visit the partner website.


Role in project: Responsible for adapting models for use in online control. Cybernetica will supply and implement the Cybernectica CENIT system for nonlinear model predictive control and configuration of an online run-time environment for nonlinear model predictive control. In addition they will perform state and parameter estimation, configure online estimators and demonstrate close loop control based on the models developed.

Cybernetica develops tailor made model based control systems and soft measurements. The customers are international industrial companies. Located in Trondheim, Norway, Cybernetica has close relations to NTNU and SINTEF. The employees are experts in advanced control and process modelling with strong engineering backgrounds. Cybernetica has extensive experience from installing model based monitoring and control systems in the polymer, metallurgical and petroleum industries. Please click here to visit the partner website.


Role in Project: BASF will lead the verification and validation of new on-line control tools in semi-batch processes and the verification of intensified continuous process.

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company. With more than 110,000 employees, six Verbund sites and approximately 380 additional production sites worldwide we serve customers and partners in almost all countries of the world.

In 2012, BASF posted sales of €72.1 billion and income before special items of approximately €6.6 billion.

The company combines economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation BASF enables its customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. The products and system solutions provided by BASF contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve quality of life.

BASF believes in “Innovations for a sustainable future”. BASF is one of the world's most innovative companies. Innovations are BASF’s wellspring and driving fovrce and the current strategy of BASF "We create chemistry” is also geared towards innovation. As an integrated and global chemical company, BASF wants to drive forward innovative and sustainable solutions as an enabler in exactly those areas that confront community with serious challenges. Please click here to visit the partner website.

University of Cambridge

Role in project: Cambridge will be responsible for developing Raman in-situ evaluation of emulsion polymerisation and for development of miniature sensors based on conductivity, heat flux and acoustic surface wave to be tested within the project. Cambridge will also evaluate the feasibility of emulsion polymerisation in narrow channel flow reactors, to complement the work on larger-scale reactors performed in UHAM.

The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the UK, being formed in 1209. It has consistently remained amongst the two foremost academic institutions in the country and was ranked as the top university in the world in both 2010 and 2011 according to the QS World University Rankings. Graduates of the university have won a total of 65 Nobel Prizes, the most of any university in the world.

Cambridge is a member of the Coimbra Group, the G5, the International Alliance of Research Universities, the League of European Research Universities and the Russell Group of research-led British universities. It forms part of the 'Golden Triangle' of British universities. Within this project, the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology will participate with Prof. Lapkin’s Sustainable Reaction Engineering group. This group has particular relevant expertise and capabilities in:
• Catalytic Reaction Engineering, specifically development of intensive catalytic and non-catalytic chemical processes
• Multi-scale reaction engineering modelling
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Chemistry Innovation

Role in project: Chemistry Innovation will be responsible for developing and implementing the communication and dissemination activities to key stakeholders.

CIKTN is funded by the UK government as a Knowledge Transfer Network. Its main aim is to help the chemistry using industries in the UK to access, from a single source, the knowledge base in science, engineering and manufacturing, thereby enabling those industries to innovate faster and more successfully. It is not limited to the traditional chemical industry and covers any sector which uses chemistry and spans materials, biotechnology, home and personal care, food and other industries which rely on chemistry in some aspect of their business. A current major challenge is in assisting businesses to understand the benefits of innovative manufacturing technology, stimulating companies to improve their use of energy and raw materials and move to sustainable manufacturing processes.

CIKTN has a core team with deep, diverse experience in business, innovation, knowledge transfer, chemistry and chemical engineering – most with many years of experience as front-line practitioners and managers at senior levels. Dissemination is one of its key skills. CIKTN also acts as the UK National Platform for SusChem (the European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry). The UK website is SusChem UK. Consequently it is linked to the central SusChem activities, managed from within Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and all the National SusChem Platforms in other Member States. Please click here to visit the partner website.

The European Commission

“Knowledge lies at the heart of the European Union’s Lisbon Strategy to become “ the most dynamic competitive knowledge-based economy in the world”. The ‘knowledge triangle’ – research, education and innovation – is a core factor in European efforts to meet the ambitious Lisbon goals. Numerous programmes, initiatives and support measures are carried out at EU level in support of knowledge. The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment’.

The COOPOL project is funded under the Cooperation category of FP7. It is a small scale collaborative focused research project under the theme of: 'Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies'. For more information: CORDIS website