As a research centre, COMPS has acknowledged expertise in the fields of:
Process Synthesis Integrated Process Synthesis for analysis and design of efficient processes that support sustainable industrial practice.
Attainable Region Analysis Design of Optimal Process Networks that promote efficient use of raw materials and energy, in an environmentally friendly practice.
Distillation Achieving a better understanding of the relationship between residue curve maps and distillation column profile and their application to design and sequencing of thermally coupled columns.
Catalysis Catalyst development, testing and modelling of kinetics.
Discrete Element Method Application of Discrete Element Method (DEM) analysis to improve the scale-up of Autogenous and Semi-autogenous mills.
Other research projects that centre has engaged in includes
Design of a Fischer-Tropsch plant Integration of process synthesis with experimental programs to seek the best design of a plant that yields the best performance.
Modeling of spontaneous combustion of coal Seeking ways to reduce the damage to the environment caused by air and water pollution
Biotechnology Applying the process synthesis methodologies and ideas to systems that use living organisms to produce fuels (hydrogen and bio-ethanol) from waste material (sewage, plant waste etc) and that produce nematodes that kill insect pests.
Biomedical engineering Design of an artificial liver support system and a heparin removal system to be used directly on whole blood.
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