Continuous Processes


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 API synthesis and processing. In particular we concentrate on the following topics:

  • Design of  continuous processes for API synthesis and chromatographic purification
  • Development of stationary phases for preparative (electro)chromatography
  • Immobilization of organometallic catalysts on different solid supports with spatial control
  • Implementation of the immobilized catalysts in continuous reaction systems
  • Investigation of  heterogeneous reactions and metal leaching
  • Study of reaction mechanisms experimentally and with DFT-modelling
  • Investigation of drug – packaging interactions (API ab-/adsorption, extractables/leachables)
  • Our cooperation partners are acknowledged researchers as well as international and national companies.

The results and acquired knowledge of the past projects are a perfect source for novel challenges to cope with. So please feel free to contact us!


  • Transfer of batch technology into continuous processes (chemical synthesis as well as downstream processes)
  • Fundamental research in heterogeneous catalysis, reaction kinetics and metal leaching as well as (electro)chromatography
  • ATR-FTIR Spectroscopy, GC, BET and particle analysis
  • Synthesis of organic and organometallic compounds
  • Molecular Dynamics and Molecular Modelling (DFT) Simulations

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.

Institute of Process and Particle Engineering
Inffeldgasse 13/III
8010 Graz

+43 316 873 - 30406
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