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Christian Hornung's Biography

Christian Hornung, Research Group Leader, CSIRO

Christian H. Hornung is a Principal Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia, which he joined in 2010. He received a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany in 2004 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, UK in 2008, where he worked in the groups of Prof. Malcolm R. Mackley and Prof. Steven V. Ley.

Christian has more than 20 years of experience working in the flow chemistry and reactor technology area on the interface between chemistry and engineering. Christian is the director of FloWorks, CSIRO’s Centre for Industrial Flow Chemistry, which is a $10M technology transfer facility. The centre provides access to CSIRO’s cutting-edge research into industrial processing for Australian and international chemical manufacturers, with the aim to intensify chemical processes by using state-of-the-art continuous flow technology. Christian’s research interest includes microreactor engineering, additive manufacturing, organic synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis, machine learning and polymer chemistry.

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Continuous Flow Hydrogenations for the Chemical Manufacturing Industry

Friday, 6 October 2023 at 14:30

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Our group at CSIRO has developed a new structured catalyst reactor system, termed Catalytic Static Mixers or CSMs, which is based on 3D printed metal scaffolds coated with a noble metal catalyst such as Pt, Pd, Ni, Ru or others. These tubular reactors are used in continuous flow hydrogenations for the chemical manufacturing industry as well as for hydrogen reforming on demand. With the help of computational fluid dynamics, the structure of the mixer lattice can be optimised for a range of different outputs, such as minimised pressure drop, maximised heat transfer or optimised mixing. CSMs can be classified as a hierarchical catalyst system, whereby different length scales are addressed by different preparation methods; cm-, mm- and µm-scale features are formed by the 3D printing process and classical engineering design while certain µm- and nm-scale features are created during the catalyst preparation and deposition procedures. This results in a highly efficient and versatile catalyst platform which can be used in a broad range of different applications including homogeneous liquid phase, emulsion, liquid-gas and gas phase processes.

Add to Calendar ▼2023-10-05 00:00:002023-10-06 00:00:00Europe/LondonFlow Chemistry Asia 2023Flow Chemistry Asia 2023 in Tokyo, JapanTokyo,