Spardha Jhamb receives her award at the WCCE10 in Barcelona

Super supervision at DTU Chemical Engineering

Monday 20 Nov 17
by Frederik Appel Olsen

At the annual WCCE conference in Barcelona, the DTU Chemical Engineering team took home awards for ‘Best Poster’ and ‘Best Oral Communication’. Among other things, this goes to show what can be achieved in the symbiosis of star students and super supervisors.

Last month, the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering conference (WCCE10) in Barcelona took place, and DTU Chemical Engineering of course had some representatives at the annual symposium on computer-added process engineering.

At this event, PhD student Frederico Montes won the award for ‘Best Poster’ for the poster ‘Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis for an Ibuprofen Synthesis Model Based on Hoechst Path’; a project that is, as well as Frederico’s PhD, supervised by Associate Professor Gürkan Sin and Professor Krist Gernaey, both from the PROSYS research centre. The project is part of the European training network initiative Modlife EU.

Furthermore, Spardha Jhamb, PhD student at KT Consortium, was the delighted winner of the award for ‘Best Oral Communication’ at the conference for her lecture ‘Development of a Systematic Methodology for Chemical Substitution using a Model-based Approach’.

Great support from supervisors

PhD students put hours and hours into their research; three years of their lives are spent concentrating on a specific project. And if world-class science is to be produced, world-class supervision is needed.

Spardha Jhamb’s project – ‘Models for estimation and analyses of emissions from chemical processes and products’ – started in 2016 and is supervised by professors Rafiqul Gani (main supervisor), Kim Dam-Johansen, and Georgios Kontogeorgis, as well as Assistant Professor Xiaodong Liang.

To her, there is no doubt about the importance of premium supervision from experienced researchers:

“I am grateful to my supervisors at DTU. Their dedicated guidance, regular feedback, and valuable suggestions were largely instrumental in bringing home this glory,” says Spardha Jhamb.

Frederico Montes praises not only his supervisors Krist Gernaey and Gürkan Sin but also Modlife EU which is a collaborative initiative between five European universities, four global industrial players, and two small/medium enterprises, undertaking research and training in the area of product-process innovation, optimization monitoring, and control for life sciences and biotechnology industries.

“More important than winning is the fact that the work developed by Modlife EU and the support I get from PROSYS is noticed and rewarded. I was not expecting that my poster would win, but it didn’t surprise me that a member of the Modlife EU project had this honour,” says Frederico Montes.

Read more about the WCCE10 conference here.

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