From Idea to Innovation in Chemistry: Multiscale assessment of kinetics and reactors.

February 3rd-6th, 2020
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Course Topic

Chemical Kinetics and Reactors

play a crucial role in industrial-scale, raw material conversion into products. Numerous factors must be considered when selecting an appropriate and efficient chemical reactor, in particular when complex heterogeneous reactions occur. Kinetic modelling is an essential tool for the design and optimization of chemical products and processes.

Kinetic Modelling

Kinetic modelling includes fundamental aspects such as stoichiometry, kinetics and thermodynamics in the analysis of chemical reactor behaviour. Microkinetic models help to consolidate the fundamental information about a catalytic reaction.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Coupling such microkinetic models with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models allows for a reliable extrapolation to larger, industrially more relevant scales where idealities of fluid dynamics are no longer guaranteed and may exert a significant impact on the reactor behaviour and product yields.

Interactive Tutorials

During this course with a focus of chemical reaction and reactor engineering, ex-cathedra sessions are alternated with interactive tutorials during which user-friendly software tools are used, e.g., microKinetic Engine, CatalyticFoam and Athena Visual Studio.

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Organizing Committee and Tutors

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Course Program

Three full days of chemical engineering

The course contains ex-cathedra sessions, alternated with interactive tutorials spread over four days.
detailed course programme

February 3rd, 2020
Monday (starting with dinner at 18h)

Bench Scale Reactors
Tutorial I: Intrinsic Kinetics Verification (with online available Eurokin tools)

February 4th, 2020

Reactor Types and their Corresponding Behaviour
Coupling CFD with Microkinetics
Tutorial II: Coupling CFD with Microkinetics
Lab-Scale Data-Acquisition

February 5th, 2020

Rate Equation Derivation
Tutorial II: Coupling CFD with Microkinetics-ctd
Tutorial III: Kinetic Model Development
Regression Analysis
Tutorial IV: Regression Analysis

February 6th, 2020
Thursday (ending with lunch at 12h)

Tutorial IV: Regression Analysis-ctd



The numerous chalets in the authentic village of Villars directly make you feel at home. Over the years Villars has evolved to a spa and (winter) sports village, mainly promoted by sportive locals.)

Course meeting room

The course is organized at the premises of the Eurotel Victoria hotel in Villars-sur-Ollon.

Arriving by car

Take the A9 exit for Aigle and follow the signs for Villars/Ollon until you reach a roundabout with a train track in the middle and take the second exit (to the left). Follow the road for about 10km up into the mountains till you reach Villars-sur-Ollon. Note that driving Swiss highways requires an annual pass of 40 CHF (about € 35).

Arriving by train

Take the train to Aigle and from there take the bus (usually from stop 21) to Villars-sur-Ollon which rides hourly between 0:55 and 18:55 and at 20:55.

Arriving by plane

Sion is the closest airport to Villars-sur-Ollon (60 km), but Geneva airport (120 km) has a bigger choice of flights. From the airport you can reach Villars-sur-Ollon by train (to Aigle) and bus or by booking a private transfer.

More information on the venue

More detailed directions can be found on the website of the Eurotel Victoria hotel in Villars-sur-Ollon.

26 participants
13 nationalities
16 institutes and companies
innovating chemistry by engineering


Our course brought together 26 participants from 8 countries across Europe. We all spent 4 days on innovation in chemistry by chemical engineering. The focus was on reactor and reaction engineering, bringing a fundamental understanding of the elementary steps at the molecular scale up to the implementation in a complex reactor.

The Eurotel Victoria in Villars-sur-Ollon was a great location at which we hosted our course. In addition to a well-equiped lecture room and friendly staff, we could enjoy all other facilities, including the raclette dinner on the last evening! Even the weather was in our favor: we could safely travel to and away from Villars and experienced nice snow fall followed by sun, allowing us to enjoy the fresh snow!

Thanks once more to all the participants (and their supervisors) for the confidence in our expertise. We sincerely hope you've enjoyed the course and will benefit from it in your upcoming activities.

Jeroen, Mauro, Matteo and Joris