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Welcome to the fourth newsletter of ROMEO.

After a beginning of 2017, which had been rich of meetings for the ROMEO’s team, it was time to take stock of what has been accomplished since September 2015 and what still needs to be done.

ROMEO’s partners, who are developing a new reactor (two-in-one) concept using homogeneous catalysis and membrane technology to carry out chemical synthesis and downstream processing in a single step, have submitted the Project Periodic Report in May 2017. [...] Although we all know that there is still a lot of work to build ROMEO’s two demo plants, the report clearly shows that we have already made a huge step forward to achieve our goals. I would like to thank again all of the ROMEO’s workers for their great work!

Read the full editorial here.


ROMEO relies on the bests !

The Université de Caen Normandie (France) is giving Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Bañares, full Research Professor at CSIC in Madrid, the Doctor Honoris Causa degree in recognition to his seminal contribution in the implementation of the advanced "Operando" methodology that characterizes catalytic materials while they are working.

All the members of the ROMEO’s consortium are joining to congratulate their colleague. We are really proud to rely on the bests!

Read more about his award here and find Miguel's interview below.


ROMEO highlighted in the CBI Symposium

Alexander Weiss has presented on Wednesday the 10th of May a poster referring to ROMEO in the frame of a symposium of his Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CBI) at the FAU in Erlangen.

Read more and download the entire poster here.


Focus on Miguel A. Bañares

Miguel is Full Research Professor at CSIC in Madrid, recently awarded doctor honoris causa of University of Caen Normandy (UNICAEN)

"I have always been very fond of science. Exploring is something I like. [...]

ROMEO’s idea to immobilize ionic liquid in a porous frame, to control the distribution of this ionic liquid into it and to be able to get control on selectivity is amazing!"

Read the full interview here.


Focus on Alexander Limper

Alex is a PhD candidate at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany. He is working since last November on modelling mass and heat transfer in membrane reactors.

"The most part of my job consist in dealing with
challenges that come up on the way and that you didn’t see coming. [...] I like when it is demanding. By that way you can push yourself to achieve something you wouldn’t have thought you could!"

Read the full interview here.


Focus on Jennifer Haβelberg

Jennifer is a process engineer at Evonik in Germany working on process intensification by membrane reactors.

"I really like to work with the operators and production engineers in our plants. Those are the guys with the most interesting stories and experiences. [...] If ROMEO is economically efficient at the end, we would be happy to inaugurate the first industrial application for a membrane reactor."

Read the full interview here.