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Inspired by nature - scalable chemical factory due to photomicroreactors

11.01.2018

Associate Professor Timothy Noël from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, Netherlands) is awarded the DECHEMA Prize 2017 in recognition of his pioneering work on continuous photochemical conversion in microfluidic systems. Timothy Noël is one of the leading experts in this field, which may be used in the future for the synthesis of fine chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients or even in carbon dioxide activation for the synthesis of solar fuels.

The DECHEMA prize is endowed with 20,000 euros and is awarded annually for outstanding research work in the fields of technical chemistry, process engineering, biotechnology and chemical apparatus. The award ceremony will take place on 14 June 2018 at ACHEMA, the world forum for chemical engineering, process engineering and biotechnology in Frankfurt / Germany.


Timothy Noël from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, Netherlands) is awarded the DECHEMA Prize 2017

Angeline Swinkels

Inspired by the tree leaf that collects the incident sunlight and uses this energy to produce chemical substances, Timothy Noël has developed solar photomicroreactors and combined them with microfluidics. This enables him to create a scalable, adaptable chemical factory that is powered by our richest source of energy - the sun.

With luminescent dyes in a transparent host, sunlight is collected, converted and focused on tiny embedded fluid channels. This technology has the potential to catalyse an enormous variety of reactions that could affect the lives of millions of people.

It creates opportunities for environmentally friendly production of inexpensive chemicals and medicines, without complex production facilities or even completely without electrical energy. This means that production is also possible at the most outlying locations.

Timothy Noël was born in 1982 in Aalst (Belgium) and received his M.Sc. degree (Industrial Chemical Engineering) in 2004 from the KaHo Sint-Lieven in Ghent (Belgium). He then moved to Ghent University to obtain a Ph.D. at the Laboratory for Organic and Bioorganic Synthesis (2005–2009).

Next, he moved to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2011, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands). In 2017 he has been appointed Associate Professor at the same university.

In 2011, he received the Incentive Award for Young Researchers from the Comité de Gestion du Bulletin des Sociétés Chimiques Belges, in 2012 a VENI award from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and he was also a finalist of the European Young Chemist Award 2012.

In 2013, he received a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant from the European Union. Since 2015, he has coordinated the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ETN program ‘Photo4Future’ on the development of photoredox catalysis in photomicroreactors. In 2014, he obtained a VIDI award from NWO, and in 2016, he received the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award.

Dr. Christine Dillmann | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft
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http://www.dechema.de/

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