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M.Sc. Lukas Bittorf

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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.


Journal Articles

journalJ. Oeing, L. Neuendorf, L. Bittorf, W. Krieger, N.Kockmann

Flooding Prevention in Distillation and Extraction Columns with Aid of Machine Learning Approaches

Chem. Ing. Tech., 2021, doi: 10.1002/cite.202100051

journalLukas Bittorf, Nils Böttger, Daniel Neumann, Alina Winter, Norbert Kockmann

Characterization of an automated spinning band column as a module for laboratory distillation

Chemical Engineering and Technology, 2021, doi.org/10.1002/ceat.202000602

journalLukas Bittorf, Kranti Pathak, Norbert Kockmann

Spinning Band Distillation Column - Rotating Element Design and Vacuum Operation

Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2021, 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c01326


talkL. Neuendorf, J. Oeing, W. Krieger, L. Bittorf, N. Kockmann

Artificial Intelligence in laboratories: Machine and Deep Learning based monitoring of flooding behavior in distillation and extraction columns

European Congress of Chemical Engineering, 20.-23.09.2021, Berlin, Germany

talkL. Bittorf, J. Oeing, T. Kock, M. Hoernicke, T. Holm, N. Kockmann

Modular process development in the laboratory - Plug & Research

ProcessNet Jahrestagung, 21.-24.September2020, digital

talkL. Bittorf, A. Marschand, K. Pathak, N. Kockmann

Vacuum FEA integration for a modular laboratory distillation column

PAAT Jahrestagung, 9.-10.November2020, digital


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

BachelorRobert Garreis (Supervisor: Lukas Bittorf)

Rezeptbasierte Bestimmung des Betriebsbereiches einer modularen Drehbandkolonne im Labor

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 01.04.2021

MasterKranti Pathak (Supervisor: Lukas Bittorf)

Vakuumrektifikation in einer modularen Drehbandkolonne

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 07.12.2020

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

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