Process and production optimization as well as environmental engineering and energy technology are the central research fields at the Laboratory of Process Design and Systems Engineering.
The research in process and production optimization is mainly focused on the development of numerical methods for solving mixed-integer non-linear programming (MINLP) problems with applications in process synthesis and production planning. Applied topics that have been given a great deal of attention during recent years are the solution of scheduling problems pertaining to the paper, paper converting, metal, food and pharmaceutical industries. Further information about the research in this field can be found from the OSE-group’s webpage.
In the field of environmental engineering, research interests are in in-duct sorbent injection flue-gas desulfurization and wet desulfurization methods.
In the field of energy technology two main research areas are focused on. The first research area concerns heat and mass transfer in paper drying. The other research area is energy recovery from by-products and waste streams by supercritical water gasification (SCWG).
Anders Brink, Professor of Process Engineering
Tapio Westerlund, Professor emeritus of Process Design
Frej Bjondahl, University Teacher in Process Design
Kurt Lundqvist, Chef of the Technical Services Unit, on leave of absence
Mikael Nyberg, Substitute Laboratory Manager
Researchers and doctoral students
John Dahlbacka, D.Sc.(Techn.), Process systems engineering
Jan Kronqvist, D.Sc.(Techn.), Process systems engineering, acting University Teacher
Andreas Lundell, PhD, Process systems Engineering
Ida Rönnlund, Doctoral student, Energy technology
Anders Skjäl, PhD, Process systems engineering
Jarl Ahlbeck, docent in environmental engineering
Carl-Gustav Berg, docent in process design with heat and mass transfer applications
Cataldo De Blasio, docent in process design with environmental engineering applications
Iiro Harjunkoski, docent in process systems engineering
Markku Karlsson, docent in drying technology
Nenad Milosavljevic, docent in drying and energy utilization in the pulp and paper industry
Lars Nyström, docent in process engineering
Joakim Westerlund, docent in process design with applications in production economics