Continuous Processes

About us

We are a highly motivated group of researchers with backgrounds in chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research areas cover a wide range of important issues in pharmaceutical engineering, especially in the field  of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) synthesis and processing. Our cooperation partners are acknowledged researchers as well as international and national companies. In particular, we concentrate on the following topics:

  • Development of  continuous processes for API synthesis and downstream processes
  • Design and manufacturing of 3D printed reactors, crystallizers and sensor equipment
  • Application of process automation and machine learning methods for the optimization of chemical process steps
  • Immobilization of organometallic and bio-catalysts on different solid supports
  • Implementation of the immobilized catalysts in continuous reaction systems
  • Investigation of  heterogeneous reactions and metal leaching
  • Design of multistep chemo- and biocatalytic processes involving light-driven biotransformations
  • Continuous flow calorimetry
  • Study of reaction mechanisms and kinetics
  • Investigation of fundamental, process related crystallization behavior
  • Continuous API crystallization process development
  • Process Analytical Technology (PAT)

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  • Transfer of batch technology into continuous processes (chemical synthesis as well as downstream processes)
  • Fundamental research in heterogeneous catalysis, reaction kinetics as well as crystallization
  • Measurement of solubility curves and reaction/mixing enthalpies
  • ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy, GC, HPLC, BET and particle analysis
  • Synthesis of organic and organometallic compounds

Group Members

Team Members July 2019

from left to right: Katharina Hiebler, Peter Neugebauer, Yekaterina Pokhilchuk, Andrea Triebl, Carina Dertnig, Michael Leitner, Elle McKenzie, Manuel Christian Maier, Alessia Valotta, Christoph Neubauer, Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler, Kristian Gavric, Bianca Grabner, Sebastian Soritz
Heidrun Gruber-Wölfler
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
+43 316 873 - 30406
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