Chara Psyrraki's Webpage

Photo of Chara Psyrraki Postgraduate Researcher

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 3037
Email: chara.psyrraki.10@ucl.ac.uk
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

Chara Psyrraki received her first degree, a Diploma of Chemical Engineering, from the University of Patras in 2010. She specialised in Material Science whilst there, and worked periodically at the Hellenic Petroleum Refinery.

Research project

Title: Kinetics evaluation for methoxycarbonylation of ethylene to methyl propionate

Supervisors: Professor Asterios Gavriilidis

Microstructured reactors are reaction systems, having features in the micron to hundreds of microns range. They have the potential of altering the chemical engineering landscape by increasing the manufacturing speed of processes and the rate of information generation. They can be a valuable tool for process development and chemical synthesis. They do this by allowing operation in temperature-concentration-pressure domains difficult to access or completely inaccessible with convectional equipment. The better controlled hydrodynamic conditions make these reactors amenable to more precise modelling, and higher quality information can be attained.

The aim of the project is the development of an integrated microreactor technology system and strategy that can be used for kinetics evaluation and catalyst screening for reactions and catalysts of gas/liquid catalytic systems. The methoxycarbonylation of ethylene to methyl propionate, a key process in the manufacture of methyl methacrylate, is being studied. The project entails both hands-on experimental work and also simulated reactor modelling.

The project is in collaboration with Lucite International. 

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