Challenges such as climate change and the associated energy transition, but also the shortage of certain raw materials, are constantly placing new demands on the chemical and process industry. On the one hand, this gives rise to classic issues such as increasing the efficiency (optimization of product yield, reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, etc.) and the load flexibility of energy-intensive processes. On the other hand, there is an increasing need to make promising technologies available for broad application. Examples of this are hydrogen technology and additive manufacturing.

In order to meet the continuously increasing demands in the future, the institute of plant and process technology is working on innovative process- and equipment-specific design methods for basic thermal operations, as well as on the optimization of overall process design processes. In addition to laboratory and pilot plant scale test rigs and research into novel first-principle approaches, state-of-the-art models from the fields of machine learning and high-performance computing are also used.