Process System Engineering

Specific mission

The research activity of the Process Systems Engineering Group is focused on the design of new processes and technologies for pharmaceuticals, food and material synthesis industries, for nanotechnologies, for paper and archival material recovery after flooding, and for the energetic valorization of biomasses and other products. The design of these processes moves from the study of the chemical and physical processes occurring in each process using the tools of the thermodynamics, of the chemical kinetics and of the transport phenomena.

Main research topics

  • Modeling, optimization, advanced monitoring and control of chemical processes
  • Development of Process Analytical Technology based on image analysis.
  • Polymeric nanoparticles synthesis in micro-reactors and study of drug release.
  • Drug release investigation from polymeric nanoparticles using dialysis
  • Freeze-drying cycle design for pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs and nanoparticles
  • Development of monitoring and control systems for freeze-drying processes.
  • Investigation of innovative freeze-dryers designed to process a small amount of active pharmaceutical ingredients.
  • Paper and archival material recovery after flooding
  • Pyrolysis and gasification of biomasses and other materials

Main partnerships

  • Research Group “Applied mathematics and control theory”, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
  • Research Group “Analysis and Simulation of Agro-food Processes”, Food Technology Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.
  • Research Group “Multivariate Statistical Engineering”, Department of Applied Statistic, Operations Research and Quality, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain.
  • Research Group “Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics”, Department of Pharmacy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany.
  • Research Group “Unit of Pharmaceutical Technology”, Department of Pharmacy, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
  • Institute for Sustainable Plant Protection, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy.
  • Research Group “Bioengineering”, Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  • Research Group “Low Frequency Measurement”, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
  • Research Group “GRAphics and INtelligent Systems”, Department of Control and Computer Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Projects and publications

Reference laboratories

PhD, Post-docs and Grant researchers