Imperial College London

Prof. L. S. Kershenbaum

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Research Fellow
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 5566l.kershenbaum Website

 
 
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Location

 

337Roderic Hill BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Overview

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the areas of Applied Catalysis (especially Chemical Reaction Engineering) and Process Systems Engineering (especially Process Control). The Chemical Reaction Engineering work has focussed on catalytic reactors that are controlled by both physical and chemical processes. Examples include complex reaction systems such as Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC), and novel multi-phase catalytic reactors. Recent work has been specifically concerned with multifunctional catalytic reactors – those which combine in a single unit, chemical reaction, energy integration, and physical separation in order to enhance overall performance; a specific example is the integrated (reforming plus oxidation) solid oxide fuel cell.

Work in the area of process control has included both experimental and modelling studies on the state estimation and control of reactors with reversible catalyst deactivation. Other experimental studies include the implementation of advanced control algorithms (model-predictive control, neural-network based-controllers, hybrid controllers of various types and others) on both laboratory and pilot-plant scale systems. Some of this has focussed on the use of the Partially Simulated Exothermic (PARSEX) Reactor configuration for experimental tests.

I am currently the UK representative on the European Federation of Chemical Engineering Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering.

Selected Research Projects

  1. "Strategies for Enhanced Conversions and Yields in Catalysed Reversible Reactions" in collaboration with Prof. D. Chadwick and Dr. E. Alpay download PDF
  2. "Experimental testing of advanced algorithms for process control: when is it worth the effort?" download PDF
  3. "Effect of methane slippage on an indirect internal reforming solid oxide fuel cell" in collaboration with Prof. D. Chadwick download PDF