Background and activities
Hilde Venvik is part of the Catalysis group at the Department of Chemical Engineering, NTNU, the largest catalysis group in Norway and the main arena for education of PhD’s and MSc’s for Norwegian industry and research organizations. As of 2015 the group consists of five Faculty members (Edd A. Blekkan, De Chen, Anders Holmen, Magnus Rønning, Hilde Venvik), ~20 PhD students and ~5 postdoctoral fellows. The group is an integrated NTNU/SINTEF research laboratory where NTNU-staff collaborate and share facilities with ~10 permanent researchers employed by SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Process Chemistry Department. This collaboration is institutionalized through the KINCAT Gemini centre (NTNU/SINTEF twin research centre). Together with the catalysis groups at the University of Oslo and SINTEF, the group was part of a Centre for Research-based Innovation (Innovative Natural Gas Processes and Products – inGAP) during 2007-2015
Hilde Venvik was between 2010 and 2015 NTNU Director of the Gas Technology Centre NTNU-SINTEF (GTS). GTS was established in 2003 and is the largest centre for gas technology research and education in Norway. GTS exploits the multidisciplinary synergism of NTNU and SINTEF’s expertise encompassing the entire value chain from the energy source to the end user, and acts as a common interface in gas technology R&D between NTNU/SINTEF and the market.
1. Catalysts for conversion of natural gas and biomass to fuels and chemicals, including hydrogen. This includes reactions relevant to synthesis gas production, such as steam reforming, catalytic partial oxidation, oxidative steam reforming and gasification, and the conversion of synthesis gas to methanol, dimethyl ether and Fischer-Tropsch products, as well as hydrogen via water-gas shift (WGS).
2. New reactor concepts for catalytic conversion such as monoliths, microstructured reactors and membrane reactors, to enable process intensification and process control.
3. Catalytic phenomena important to metal dusting corrosion, e.g. carbon formation from CO.
4. Surface science by combined experimental (scanning probe techniques, surface spectroscopy and electron diffraction and electron microscopy) and theoretical (microkinetic modelling, density functional theory) approaches, related to (1-3). Adsorption phenomena on cobalt, palladium, involving CO, H2, CO2, O2, H2O, CH3OH, C2H4, H2S, and more, are of particular interest
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2017) Catalyst Deactivation During One-Step Dimethyl Ether Synthesis from Synthesis Gas. Catalysis Letters.
- (2017) Catalysis in microstructured reactors - short review on smallscale syngas production and further conversion into methanol, DME and Fischer-Tropsch products. Catalysis Today. vol. 285.
- (2016) Direct dimethyl ether synthesis from synthesis gas: The influence of methanol dehydration on methanol synthesis reaction. Catalysis Today. vol. 270.
- (2016) Reversed Hysteresis during CO Oxidation over Pd75Ag25(100). ACS Catalysis. vol. 6.
- (2016) Pd/CeO2 catalysts as powder in a fixed-bed reactor and as coating in a stacked foil microreactor for the methanol synthesis. Catalysis Today. vol. 273.
- (2016) Process concepts to produce syngas for Fischer-Tropsch fuels by solar thermochemical splitting of water and/or CO2. Fuel processing technology. vol. 145.
- (2015) Thickness dependent effects of solubility and surface phenomena on the hydrogen transport properties of sputtered Pd77%Ag23% thin film membranes. Journal of Membrane Science. vol. 476.
- (2014) H2 reduction of surface oxides on Pd-based membrane model systems - The case of Pd(100) and Pd75Ag25(100). Applied Surface Science. vol. 313.
- (2014) Washcoating and chemical testing of a commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst for the methanol synthesis over copper open-cell foams. Applied Catalysis A : General. vol. 481.
- (2014) Initiation of Metal Dusting Corrosion in Conversion of Natural Gas to Syngas Studied under Industrially Relevant Conditions. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. vol. 53 (5).
- (2013) Characteristics of integrated micro packed bed reactor-heat exchanger configurations in the direct synthesis of dimethyl ether. Chemical Engineering and Processing. vol. 70.
- (2013) Monolithic, microchannel and carbon nanofibers/carbon felt reactors for syngas conversion by Fischer-Tropsch syntehesis. Catalysis Today. vol. 216.
- (2012) Analysis of External and Internal Mass Transfer at Low Reynolds Numbers in a Multiple-Slit Packed Bed Microstructured Reactor for Synthesis of Methanol from Syngas. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. vol. 51 (42).
- (2012) Metal dusting corrosion initiation in conversion of natural gas to synthesis gas. Energy Procedia. vol. 26.
- (2012) Adsorbate-induced segregation in a PdAg membrane model system: Pd3Ag(111). Catalysis Today. vol. 193 (1).
- (2011) Performance of a multi-slit packed bed microstructured reactor in hte synthesis of methanol: Comparison with a laboratory fixed-bed reactor. Chemical Engineering Science. vol. 66 (24).
- (2011) Characteristics of an Integrated Micro Packed Bed Reactor-Heat Exchanger for methanol synthesis from syngas. Chemical Engineering Journal. vol. 167 (2-3).
- (2011) Modeling and Simulation of an Integrated Micro Packed Bed Reactor-Heat Exchanger Configuration for Direct Dimethyl Ether Synthesis. Topics in catalysis. vol. 54 (13-15).
- (2011) Synthesis of dimethyl ether from syngas in a microchannel reactor-Simulation and experimental study. Chemical Engineering Journal. vol. 167 (2-3).
- (2011) Preparation and performance of Cu-based monoliths for methanol synthesis. Applied Catalysis A : General. vol. 405 (1-2).