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Activities of the chair "Thermodynamics for Biofuels "

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 Dissemination and netword activities


  • The research master "Catalyse et Procédés", proposed by IFP-School, is delivered by University Lille 1 and cohabilitatted with École Centrale de Lille and École de Chimie de Lille. Besides the courses, this master program aims at creating strong links between education and research programs, through bibliographic studies, internships or thesis work. Figure 1 shows the evolution of number of student, which is stable over the last years, and the number continuing with a PhD thesis. This year, two of the eight thesis students contracted with IFPEN.
    • Almost half of the teachings
    • A bibliographic work is proposed to the students, which may be coached by IFPEN researchers
    • Every year, on the average two internships are followed at IFPEN
    • At the end of the master program, one or two student(s) contract with IFPEN for a doctoral position every year.

Figure 1: Evolution over the last years of the 
“Catalyse & Procédé” research master

A new partnership contract with ECL, Université Lille 1 and ENSCL was signed in 2015 for the period 2015-2019.  

The « applied thermodynamics » teaching has been strongly changed as a consequence of the pedagogic reform that was initiated in 2012. Among the new tools developed is an e-learning platform and a number of projects within the Energy & Processes program (ENEP), related to new processes for the treatment of ex-biomass feeds. In these projects, the students use the Simulis software from ProSim on Excel to 

    • Select and motivate their choice regarding thermodynamic models
    • Parameterize their model, both on phase equilibrium and chemical equilibrium data
    • Construct a simplified process and analyze the fate of all compounds with varying operating conditions.  
  • A book, has been written describing the key questions to validate in order to help select the appropriate thermodynamic model for process simulation.
  • Less conventional, but important for future developments is the follow-up of PhD thesis in the Applied Physical-Chemistry division at IFPEN. Reflexions regarding the objective of training through research must be launched and will be fueled by the Ther-I-Chem European project that is discussed in the “Dissemination” section below.

Four short videos have been developed for the promotion of the chair:

Vignette-video-Part-1  Thermodynamics is everywhere (water)
Vignette-video-Part-2  Mixtures and separations through evaporation
Vignette-video-Part-3  Non-ideality and liquid immiscibility
Vignette-video-Part-4  Water, ethanol and fuels 


Thermodynamic theory makes it possible to use microscopic information (at molecular or atomic level) to understand and predict macroscopic behaviour.
Our work aims at utilizing this multi-scale concept to describe phase equilibria (solubilities or phase diagrams) using an equation of state (eos), GC-PPC-SAFT,  that is based on statistical mechanics theory. This equation is made available to industry throught the Simulis software of ProSim

Dissemination and networking activities