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Process Technology and Energy Transition

Exchange programme

Are you interested in making the process industry more sustainable? During this exchange programme you will work together with industry professionals on innovative and complex issues with the aim of making the process industry more green through process intensification / optimisation and the use of sustainable raw materials. You will have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to up-to-date innovations in a practice driven research project. As a result, you will increase your added value as a chemical engineer, because you are able to tackle current sustainability issues with innovative solutions.

Rotterdam is home to an extensive, coherent and prominent industrial complex. The biggest port of Europe is of great importance for the region. In the port the emphasis lies on improving the sustainability of chemical production processes. In addition, there is an increasing interest in improving the efficient use of energy and production from waste streams. The programme Process Technology & Energy Transition therefore focuses on practical research questions from the industry related to design and analysis of existing and new chemical and biochemical (green) processes. The two themes within this programme are green resources (raw materials) and energy.   

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The programme at a glance

Programme information

What to expect

About the programme

This programme focuses on two themes:

Green raw materials

Within the area of green raw materials, applied research is being conducted into the conversion of residual streams with a biological origin into high-quality products with the aim of making (existing) processes (more) sustainable. Main focus in this research is the design of the industrial production processes. In such a design you need to study on the required raw materials and products, the characteristic dimensions of required equipment and the economic feasibility of the process. In this programme the utilisation of second or higher generation technologies for the innovation has priority. This second generation technology uses lignocellulose-containing raw materials (for example residual flows from the food supply, such as wheat scrap, rapeseed scrap or soy scrap) to make products such as ethanol, ethylene, lactic acid or succinic acid.


The energy theme primarily focuses on the analysis of existing processes with the aim of reducing industrial energy consumption. The (petro)chemical industry is one of the largest energy consumers within the industrial complex of the Rotterdam port. Studying energy efficiency often leads to optimization and intensification of chemical processes and so-called "smart industry". On the basis of mass and energy balances, possible key points in the process are identified that have potential for energy savings. An optimisation proposal is made and energy saving techniques are proposed; this includes techniques such as insulation, leakage reduction, pinch technology, residual heat use, organic Rankine cycles and co-generation. In addition to technical feasibility, economic viability will also be taken into account within the research questions.


The way we work at this programme:

The programme consists of four courses and two research projects. In the second phase of the programme, Mechanical Engineering students will join the courses. The courses are given in parallel with the execution of the research project that covers the entire semester. The research project is carried out in teams. 

Type of assessment

Written exams (courses) and a final written report/assignment (research projects).

Learning outcomes

If you have successfully completed this exchange programme then you are able to:

  • To develop process improvements that meets specifications and requirements.
  • To make choices for process alternatives based on technical, economic and ethical considerations.
  • To work in a customer-oriented manner in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Make improvement proposals for scaling up, designing and implementing innovative process installations.




Study load / course selection

The research projects are mandatory (8 ECTS + 10 ECTS) for all students. The other courses and electives are optional. 


After completing your exchange programme at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, you will receive a:

  • Transcript of records


An indication of the subjects you can expect


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Lloydstraat 300

Lloydstraat 300 3024 EA Rotterdam


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RDM Campus

Heijplaatstraat 23 3089 JB Rotterdam

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