UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Aikaterini Tsatse

Aikaterini graduated in July 2016 from the Department of Chemical Engineering in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During her undergraduate studies she was also an active member of two volunteering student committees, BEST Thessaloniki and I.A.E.S.T.E. LC, where she was involved in the organisation of conferences and career days, as well as in the search of internship positions for engineering students. Aikaterini joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in March 2017, and her research now focuses on chemical process modelling and process systems engineering under the supervision of Professor Eva Sorensen.

Research project

Title: Reactive Distillation: Modelling and mitigation strategies

Reactive distillation is one of the most favourable processes in industry, as it combines reaction and separation into one single apparatus, with financial and environmental benefits. On the other hand, there are many constraints that have to be overcome in order to find the optimal conditions for the process. For instance, there is a fine line between kinetics and diffusion that make interactions complex, while the operation windows of reaction and separation should overlap. This two-fold nature of reactive distillation makes the modelling and the optimisation of the process complicated. In addition, when it comes to a real unit and not a simulation, there should always be a risk assessment of the process and a mitigation strategy so as to resolve any production failures due to imperfect unit design.


  • Diploma in Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece 2016


  • Award of Excellence, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2016