News


20/01/2015 - Poster Prize Awarded at Coopol Conference


14/05/2014 - COOPOL Researchers Out and About


27/11/2013 - COOPOL Women in Science

04/10/2013 - COOPOL OPTICO Joint Dissemination event programme

10/07/2013 - Partnership expands with inclusion of Cambridge University

02/07/2012 - COOPOL: Control and Real-Time Optimisation of Intensive Polymerisation Processes FLYER.

18/06/2012 - COOPOL: Driving processing industries towards a more sustainable model of manufacturing .

Publications

Robust Dynamic Real-Time Optimization of a Semi-Batch Emulsion-Copolymerization Process with Uncertainties in the Parameter Values, J. Puschke, A. Mitsos
American institute of Chemical engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 16-21 Nov 2014
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2014

Properties of charge-stabilized dispersions under high shear modelled by Discrete Element Method, M. Kroupa, M.Vonka, J. Kosek
American institute of Chemical engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 16-21 Nov 2014
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2014

Intensification of Emulsion Copolymerization – Development and Application of Mathematical Model for Nonlinear Model Predictive Control, R. Pokorný, A. Zubov, P. Matuška, M. Kroupa, J. Kosek
American institute of Chemical engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 16-21 Nov 2014
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2014

A data processing framework for online monitoring and optimization of emulsion polymerization processes, P. Joy, A. Mhamdi, A. Mitsos
American institute of Chemical engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 16-21 Nov 2014
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2014

Aqueous living radical polymerisation using copper complexes: The Perrier effect, D. Haddleton
American institute of Chemical engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 16-21 Nov 2014
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2014

Monitoring aqueous SET-LRP reactions using an advanced polymerization reactor, G. Nurumbetov
American institute of Chemical engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 16-21 Nov 2014
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2014

Process Intensification through Smart Scale Technology in Continuous Emulsion Polymerization, K. Rossow, W. Pauer, H.-U. Moritz
3rd working party on Polymer Reaction Engineering  (WPPRE III), San Sebastian 12-14 Sept 2014
http://www.efce.info/PhD_Workshop+of+WPPRE-p-112424.html

Coagulation and fouling in dispersions modeled by discrete element method, M. Kroupa, M.Vonka, J. Kosek
Czech Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering  CHISA 2014, 23-27 August 2014
http://www.chisa.cz/2014/

Mathematical Model for On-line Control of Emulsion Copolymerization in Semi-batch and Smart-scale Reactors, R. Pokorný, A. Zubov, P. Matuška, J. Kosek
Czech Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering  CHISA 2014, 23-27 August 2014
http://www.chisa.cz/2014/

Online Monitoring of Emulsion Polymerization with Raman Spectroscopy, Conductivity and Mass Spectroscopy, C. Houben A. Lapkin
Czech Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering  CHISA 2014, 23-27 August 2014
http://www.chisa.cz/2014/

Closed loop control of Semi-Batch Emulsion Polymerizations, P. Broge, W. Pauer, H.-U. Moritz
Hangzhou International Polymer Forum, 14-17 May 2014
http://che.zju.edu.cn/HIPF2014/

Discrete element model of agglomeration and fouling of emulsions, M. Kroupa, M.Vonka, J. Kosek
Hangzhou International Polymer Forum, 14-17 May 2014
http://che.zju.edu.cn/HIPF2014/

Modeling of Emulsion Copolymerization in Semi-batch and Continuous Tubular Reactors, A. Zubov, R. Pokorný, P. Matuška, J. Kosek
Hangzhou International Polymer Forum, 14-17 May 2014
http://che.zju.edu.cn/HIPF2014/

Online Monitoring of Emulsion Polymerization with Raman Spectroscopy, Conductivity and Mass Spectroscopy, C. Houben A. Lapkin
EUROPACT 2014, 6-9 May 2014
 http://www.dechema.de/events/en/Events/EuroPACT+2014.html

Modeling the Mechanism of Coagulum Formation in Dispersions  M. Kroupa, M.Vonka, J.
Kosek
Langmuir (2014) 30, 2693-2702
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/la500101x

Process intensification of continuous emulsion polymerization reaction using smart scale PTFE tubular reactors
F. Lueth, K. Rossow, R. Pokorný, W. Pauer, H.-U. Moritz
Continuous Flow Technologies In Industry 2, 17-19 March 2014
http://www.rscspecialitychemicals.org.uk/previous-conferences/continuous-flow-technology/continuous-flow-technology-in-industry-ii/

Properties of Smart-Scaled PTFE-Tubular Reactors for Continuous Emulsion Polymerization Reactions

F. Lueth, W. Pauer, H.-U. Moritz
Macromolecular Symposia (2013), 333, 69-79
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/masy.201300086/abstract

Poly(acrylates) via SET-LRP in a continuous tubular reactor
J.A. Burns, C. Houben, A. Anastasaki, C. Waldron, A.A. Lapkin, D.M. Haddleton
Polymer Chemistry (2013), 4(17), 4809-4813
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/PY/C3PY00833A#!divAbstract

Online Monitoring of Emulsion Polymerisations using Raman Spectroscopy C. Houben, G. Nurumbetov, D. Haddleton, A. Lapkin
American institute of Chemical engineers (AICHE) Annual Meeting, 3-8 November 2013
http://www.aiche.org/conferences/aiche-annual-meeting/2013

Engineering insight into thermodynamic of emulsion polymerizations, P. Matuška, J. Chmelař, A. Zubov, J. Kosek
Czech Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2013, 14-17 October 2013
http://www.chisa.cz/ & http://www.chisa.cz/2013/

Mathematical modeling and on-line control of emulsion copolymerization – process
model and optimization,
R. Pokorný, A. Zubov, J. Kosek
Czech Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2013, 14-17 October 2013
http://www.chisa.cz/ & http://www.chisa.cz/2013/

Discrete model of agglomeration and fouling of emulsions, M. Kroupa, M.Vonka, J.
Kosek
Czech Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2013, 14-17 October 2013
http://www.chisa.cz/ & http://www.chisa.cz/2013/

Fouling of emulsions simulated by discrete element modelling, M. Kroupa, M.Vonka, J. Kosek
Advances in Polymer Science and Technology (APST) 3, 9-10 September 2013
http://www.apst.at/

Advantages of Milli-Structured PTFE-Tubular Reactors for Continuous Emulsion Polymerization Reactions, F. Lueth, W. Pauer, H.-U. Moritz
11th Workshop on Polymer Reaction Engineering (PRE2013), 21-24 May 2013
http://events.dechema.de/events/en/pre2013.html
2nd Working Party on Polymer Reaction Engineering, 24-26 May 2013
http://events.dechema.de/Tagungen/11th+Workshop+on+Polymer+Reaction+Engineering/2nd+Working+Party+on+Polymer+Reaction+Engineering.html
Emulsion Copolymerization Modeling: Coagulum Formation and Process Optimization, R. Pokorny, A. Zubov, M. Kroupa, M. Vonka, J. Kosek
11th Workshop on Polymer Reaction Engineering (PRE2013), 21-24 May 2013
http://events.dechema.de/events/en/pre2013.html

Interactions of polymer particles investigated by a discrete element model, M. Kroupa, M. Vonka, J. Kosek

Emulsification 12, 19-21 November 2012

http://www.lagep.univ-lyon1.fr/JC2012/

 

Dynamic Modelling of Styrene-Butadiene Rubber Production by Emulsion Polymerization, A. Zubov, R. Pokorný, J. Kosek

Emulsification 12, 19-21 November 2012

http://www.lagep.univ-lyon1.fr/JC2012/

 

SBR production by emulsion polymerization: Dynamic modeling and intensification of the process, A. Zubov, J. Kosek

International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE) 22, 2-5 September 2012

http://www.iscre22.com/

 

Discrete element model for prediction of coalescence and agglomeration, M. Kroupa, M. Vonka, J. Kosek

Slovak Society of Chemical Engineers (SSCHE) 2012, 21-25 May 2012

http://sschi.chtf.stuba.sk/konf2012/data/basic_call.html

 

Dynamic model of SBR production by emulsion polymerization, J. Chmelar

Polymer Reaction Engineering VIII, 6-11 May 2012

http://www.engconfintl.org/pastconf/12abfin.pdf

 


Past Courses and Events


Dechema Training Course
Polymerisation Technology
24.- 28. September 2012 Hamburg


Coopol researchers recently attended the Dechema Training Course to get an overview of the kinetic and the thermodynamic of different polymerization reactions.

Topics covered included the kinetics of polymerization reactions (like condensation polymerization, polyaddition, emulsion polymerization, etc.) in large-scale reactors; thermal- and mass balance in semi-batch and continuous reactors; the behavior of the time of resistance of ideal and real reactors and the calculation of the turnover of real reactors. The highlight of the course was a lab-tour through the polymer department of the TU Hamburg. In small groups the participants got an impression of research in polymer chemistry at the university. Students benefitted from opportunities to discuss subjects of interest with fellow researchers and familiarize themselves with other polymer analysis techniques.

The training course gave the participants an insight into polymer chemistry with highlights of chemical engineering. More information can be found at the following sites:

http://kwi.dechema.de/PO.html
http://kwi.dechema.de/kwi_media/Downloads/Weiterbildung/Polymerisationstechnik2012.pdf

COOPOL Dissemination event
Joint meeting with OPTICO project
12 September 2013 Hamburg

COOPOL researchers recently came together with researchers from a complimentary EU supported project OPTICO to discuss their results and gain insight across a range of topics

The day began with introductions of each project by the respective coordinators to detail partners involved and overall objectives. This session was followed by a series of master classes by distinguished speakers from both projects to provide a broader state of play summary in the key areas related to polymerisation process development

The afternoon session saw over 20 posters presented by young researchers and led to a lively discussion of results. The posters were also judged by an expert panel with the best poster award presented to Jennifer Puschke for her contribution entitled “Robust Model-based Control and Dynamic Real-time Optimization Methods”.

The dissemination event gave all participants valuable background information in the field of polymer chemistry process development constraints for scale up and introduction to a true production environment. In addition the latest scientific findings were presented and discussed to enable future research directions to be focussed for the highest potential impact

The full agenda for the meeting including poster contributors and key note speakers is available at the following link COOPOL OPTICO Joint Dissemination event programme

Focus on Women in Science

The achievements of women researchers in the COOPOL project were reflected in the recent award of best poster to Jennifer Pushke in the COOPOL/OPTICO dissemination event.  Some of the experiences of female members of the team during the project are recorded in the article at the top of this page and will hopefully act as an example to encourage other women to participate in scientific endeavours and work to address the current gender imbalance.