Lidia Protasova, scientific researcher at Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), presents at the 3D Printing Materials Conference: “3-Dimentional Fibre Deposition (3DFD) technology for the manufacturing of the structured catalysts”.
To overcome the disadvantages of the granulated catalysts, such as limited heat- and mass transfer, high pressure drop and unevenly distributed flows, structured catalysts can be used. Structured supports combine good mass- and heat-transfer properties with low pressure drop. One of the fabrication techniques for structured supports is the 3-dimensional fiber deposition (3DFD), that comprises a layer-by-layer construction of a ceramic or metallic support structure. With the 3DFD technique an unprecedented freedom of design (material choice, cell size, fiber thickness, open and fiber porosity etc.) and degree of control over the architecture (dimensions, stack design) with an excellent reproducibility is possible, allowing optimization for different applications in many areas of chemical industry.
About Lidia Protasova
Lidia obtained her PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 2011 in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and reactor engineering. From 2010 until 2012, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Micro Flow Chemistry and Process Technology of TU/e with the main objectives of catalytic coatings on structured supports on the lab- and pilot scale. Dr. Protasova joined VITO in 2012 as a researcher and currently is working on the research and commercial projects related to the different aspects of heterogeneous catalysis such as chemical looping, catalysts for oil hydrocracking, 3D-printed structured catalysts for different applications.
About Flemish Institute for Technological Research (Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek, VITO)
VITO implements client-oriented research projects and develops innovative products and processes. The multidisciplinary skills and technological know-how of more than 750 researchers make this organization a crossroad of technology, where state-of-the-art technologies are successfully blended into practical applications. VITO’s research team Ceramic Materials and Powder metallurgy belongs to the business unit Sustainable Materials Management and focuses on materials processing for advanced recycling, sustainable chemistry and energy applications. The team has a track record in innovative shaping of metals and ceramic powders. As such the necessary equipment for synthesis, functionalizing and testing is available, operated by dedicated technicians under supervision of experienced scientists in the field of materials chemistry and catalysis.
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