Research group Monolith has a strong background in chemical reactor engineering and applied heterogeneous catalysis. The team effectively combines experiments and computer simulations to study reaction kinetics, transport and transformation processes in catalytic reactors and filters. This includes development of novel methods for mathematical modeling in micro- and nano-scale, involving 3D digital reconstruction of porous materials from electron microscopy and tomography images. Multi-scale models of reaction and transport allow prediction of the entire device performance depending on the microstructure, which provides valuable feedback for the development of advanced catalytic materials and reactor configurations. Selected research projects are performed in co-operation with industrial partners such as Johnson Matthey, Corning, Ecocat, Mercedes-Benz (Daimler) or Škoda Auto.
Key research areas:
- Catalytic monolith reactors and filters
- Micro- and nano-structure of porous materials
- Kinetics of catalytic reactions
- Mass transport effects
- Multi-scale mathematical modeling
- Technologies for clean air, exhaust gas aftertreatment