Special Issue "Challenges in Chemical Processes"


A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Volker Hessel
Micro Flow Chemistry and Process Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, P. O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.tue.nl/en/employee/ep/e/d/ep-uid/20051521/ep-tab/3/
E-Mail: v.hessel@tue.nl
Phone: +31 40 247 2973
Interests: micro process technology; flow chemistry; process intensification; green processing; holistic evaluation; flow systems engineering; life cycle analysis; cost analysis

Guest Editor
Dr. Timothy Noël
Micro Flow Chemistry & Process Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Den Dolech 2, Helix, STW 2.49, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
E-Mail: t.noel@tue.nl
Interests: continuous manufacturing; photochemistry; micro process technology; homogeneous catalysis; organic synthesis; reaction design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few decades, tremendous efforts have been devoted towards the development and design of new chemical processes. These processes are required to be more selective and energy efficient in order to reduce production costs, as well as reducing its impact on the environment. Research towards this goal is still gaining momentum and there are still many challenges ahead of the scientific community. In this special issue, published in Challenges, we create a forum to publish research with respect to “Challenges in Chemical Processes”. We envision manuscripts both with chemical and engineering focus, i.e. highlighting recent, cutting-edge developments on chemical reactions, their processing and their reactors/plants. In particular, this includes challenges in employing alternative energies in chemical processes, hydrogen production for fuel cells, developing novel pathways for organic synthesis and in particular for biofuels/biomass, devising new and improved reactor designs, improving synthetic methodologies by means of microreactor technology, flow chemistry, process intensification, photochemistry, green chemistry, green processing, catalysis or biocatalysis, and developing and using tunable and green solvents (e.g. ionic liquids, fluorous solvents, etc.) for the chemical industry. We will consider any submissions associated with novel and advanced Chemical Processes.

Prof. Dr. Volker Hessel
Dr. Timothy Noël
Guest Editors


  • alternative energy
  • hydrogen production
  • photochemistry
  • reactor design
  • biofuels/biomass
  • microreactor technology
  • green chemistry
  • green processing
  • tunable solvents
  • sustainability
  • process intensification
  • novel synthetic pathways

Published Papers (5 papers)

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Challenges 2012, 3(1), 49-69; doi:10.3390/challe3010049
Received: 7 March 2012; Accepted: 8 June 2012 / Published: 19 June 2012
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by  and
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 84-113; doi:10.3390/challe3020084
Received: 10 May 2012; in revised form: 15 June 2012 / Accepted: 25 June 2012 / Published: 10 July 2012
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by , ,  and
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 114-132; doi:10.3390/challe3020114
Received: 11 May 2012; in revised form: 19 June 2012 / Accepted: 11 July 2012 / Published: 12 July 2012
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by  and
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 194-211; doi:10.3390/challe3020194
Received: 27 July 2012; Accepted: 14 August 2012 / Published: 22 August 2012
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by , ,  and
Challenges 2012, 3(2), 212-232; doi:10.3390/challe3020212
Received: 25 July 2012; Accepted: 22 August 2012 / Published: 13 September 2012
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Last update: 25 February 2014

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