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M.Sc. Lukas Bittorf

M.Sc. Lukas Bittorf Photo of M.Sc. Lukas Bittorf

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Fakultät Bio- und Chemieingenieurwesen
Arbeitsgruppe ApparateDesign
Geschossbau 3

Room 512


Curriculum Vitae

Lukas Bittorf has studied Chemical Engineering at the TU Dortmund University since 2011. He completed his bachelor thesis with the topic ‘Residence Time Distribution of the continuous Phase in millistructured, stirred pulsed Extraction Columns’ at the Laboratory of Equipment Design. He completed his master at the Laboratory of Thermodynamics with his thesis ‘Modeling the Equilibrium of an Organocatalytic Reaction under High Pressure Conditions’. Since 2018 he works as a research associate at the Laboratory of Equipment Design, participating in the ENPRO-ORCA project. Within the scope of this project he develops a fully automated spinning band column as a module for distillation in modular plants.


In order to reduce the time-to-market, it is of interest to provide a set of modular process equipment for modular plants. With the flexible tools of a modular plant, it is possible to produce a large amount of products with the given set of modules. In the scope of the project ENPRO-ORCA, a continuous Spinning Band Column (SBC) for distillative separation is optimised and automated.

The Spinning Band Column is well known for its low pressure drop and high separation performance, making it a viable choice for laboratory scale. The low pressure drop also gives a good opportunity for vacuum distillation, since the achievable pressure is limited by the pressure in the sump. In addition, it is suitable for a wide range of separation tasks, which is a major requirement for modular plants.

By implementing a Process Logic Controller (PLC) for the controlling tasks, the module is controlled inherent. In consideration of various feed compositions and flows as well as product specifications, it is important to characterise the behaviour of the column for several operation points.

Vacancies for Thesis

At the moment there are no open thesis.


Journal Articles

journalA. Klose, S. Merkelbach, A. Menschner, S. Hensel, S. Heinze, L.Bittorf, N. Kockmann, C. Schäfer, S. Szmais, M. Eckert, T. Rüde, T. Scherwietes, P. da Silva Santos, F. Stenger, T. Holm, W. Welscher, N. Krink, T. Schenk, A. Stutz, M. Maurmaier, K. Stark, M.

Orchestration Requirements for Modular Process Plants in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industries

Chem. Eng. & Technol., 2019, vol. 42(11), p. 2282-2291, doi.org/10.1002/ceat.201900298

journalL. Bittorf, F. Reichmann, M. Schmalenberg, S. Soboll, N. Kockmann

Equipment and Separation Units for Flow Chemistry Applications and Process Development

Chem. Eng.&Technol., 2019, vol. 43, p. 1-12, doi.org/10.1002/ceat.201900120

journalN. Kockmann, L. Bittorf, W. Krieger, F. Reichmann, M. Schmalenberg, S. Soboll

Smart Equipment – A Perspective Paper

Chemie Ingenieur Technik, 2018, vol. 90, p. 1806-1822, 10.1002/cite.201800020


talkL. Bittorf, M. Schmalenberg, T.A. Frede, C. Mathias, Z. Sidiropoulus, C. Schäfer, J. Wenger, N. Kockmann

Modular Automation and Feasibility Study of Different Component Systems for Stirred Pulsed Extraction Columns

JTR Prozess-, Apparate- und Anlagentechnik, 4.-5.112019, Dortmund, Germany

talkL. Bittorf, D. Neumann, N. Böttger, N. Kockmann

Characterization of an automated Spinning Band Column as a module for laboratory distillation

ProcessNet Jahrestreffen Fluidverfahrenstechnik und Membrantechnik 2019, 29032019, Potsdam, DE

talkL. Bittorf, N. Kockmann

Characterization and Process optimization of an automated continuous operated Spinning Band Column

ProcessNet Jahrestreffen Prozess-, Apparate- und Anlagentechnik 2018, 12.-13.11.2018, Cologne, Germany


posterL. Bittorf, J. Oeing, T. Holm, S. Loepker, M. Hoernicke, K. Stark, N. Kockmann

Service oriented architecture for an automated laboratory distillation process module

JTR Prozess-, Apparate- und Anlagentechnik, 04.-05.11.2019, Dortmund

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Scientific Theses

MasterAmelie Marschand (Supervisor: Lukas Bittorf)

Apparate- und Prozessoptimierung einer modularen Drehbandkolonne mit verschiedenen Stoffsystemen

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 01.05.2020

BachelorTobias Kock (Supervisor: Lukas Bittorf)

Implementation of analysis modules in modular plants, on the example of a raman spectrometer

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 19.05.2020

MasterJonas Oeing (Supervisor: Lukas Bittorf)

Service oriented architecture for an automated laboratory distillation column

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 04.12.2019

BachelorAlina Winter (Supervisor: Lukas Bittorf)

Rektifikation verschiedener Stoffsysteme in einer modularen Drehbandkolonne mit verschiedenen Einbauten

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 30.08.2019

MasterDaniel Neumann (Supervisor: Lukas Bittorf)

Entwicklung eines flexiblen Feed-Systems und Charakterisierung einer modularen Drehbandkolonne

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 11.06.2019

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