Product and Process Engineering - Delft University of Technology

Michiel T. Kreutzer

Michiel T. Kreutzer

Contact details

  • Prof. dr. ir. M. T. Kreutzer
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Head of Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Room F2.080
  • van der Maasweg, 9, 2629 HZ, Delft, The Netherlands
  • Phone: +31 15 2789084
  • Fax: +31 15 2785006

Research interests

  • multiphase microfluidics
  • transport phenomena in minaturized systems
  • microreactor engineering
  • heterogeneous catalysis

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Latest publications

  • Characterization of the Stratified Morphology of Nanoparticle Agglomerates, Andrea Fabre, Teun Steur, Wim G. Bouwman, Michiel T. Kreutzer, and J. Ruud van Ommen. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120  (36), 20446–20453.
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  • Contact Mechanics of Highly Porous Oxide Nanoparticle Agglomerates, Andrea Fabre, Samir Salameh, Lucio Colombi Ciacchi, Michiel T. Kreutzer, and J. Ruud van Ommen. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 2016, 18  (7), 200.
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  • Scaling of Mixing Time for Droplets of Different Sizes Traveling Through a Serpentine Microchannel, Yogesh M. Harshe, Michael J. van Eijk, Chris R. Kleijn, Michiel T. Kreutzer, and Pouyan E. Boukany. Rsc Advances 2016, 6  (101), 98812–98815.
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  • Modeling and Simulation of Diffusion-Convection-Reaction in Heterogeneous Nanochannels Using Openfoam, Hrushikesh G. Pimpalgaonkar, Volkert van Steijn, Michiel T. Kreutzer, and Chris R. Kleijn. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics 2015 (Icnaam-2015), pp. 480056, 2016.
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  • Deposition Mechanism of Aluminum Oxide on Quantum Dot Films at Atmospheric Pressure and Room Temperature, David Valdesueiro, Mahesh Krishna Prabhu, Carlos Guerra-Nunez, C. S. Suchand Sandeep, Sachin Kinge, Laurens D. A. Siebbeles, Louis C. P. M. de Smet, Gabrie M. H. Meesters, Michiel T. Kreutzer, Allan J. Houtepen, and J. Ruud van Ommen. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120  (8), 4266–4275.
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  • MSc Chemical Engineering, University of Groningen, 1998
  • PhD Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, 2003

Honors and awards

  • 2009 - Hoogewerff Jongerenprijs -- Triannual prize for most promising Dutch scientist under 40 in the field of chemical engineering (Hoogewerff Foundation).
  • 2009 - Excellence in Teaching, School of Applied Sciences -- Winner of the Annual Excellence in Teaching Award, selected from the winners in Life Sciences, Molecular Sciences and Physics.
  • 2009 - Excellence in Teaching, Dept. of Chemical Engineering -- Winner (2011, 2010, 2008, 2007: runner up) of the Annual Excellence in Teaching Award, which is chosen based on students' nominations. The final recipients are chosen based on the quantity and quality of their nominations. Technologisch Gezelschap, TU Delft.
  • 2006 - Moulton Medal -- Annual Best Paper Award of the British Institute of Chemical Engineers. With Karen de Lathouder and others.
  • 2006 - Awardee of a Veni grant (personal research award), NWO Chemical Sciences (Dutch National Science Foundation.)
  • 2003 - Best Lecture - Award won at the annual NPS conference of the Dutch Society of Chemical Engineers (OSPT).


  • 2009 - 2011 Capillarity-driven Flows in Microfluidics , Postdoctoral
  • 2010 - 2010 Physics of droplets: basic and advanced topics , Postdoctoral
  • 2008 - 2012 Kinetics and Reactors, M.Sc.
  • 2008 - 2012 Applied Transport Phenomena, M.Sc.
  • 2008 - 2012 Molecular Transport Phenomena, M.Sc.
  • 2007 - 2012 Process Technology-II, B.Sc. sophomore
  • 2006 - 2010 Process Technology-I, B.Sc. freshman
  • 2005 - 2008 Chemical Engineering for Industrial Ecology, M.Sc.
  • 2003 - 2008 Catalysis and Reactor Engineering-I, B.Sc. junior
  • 2003 - 2008 Catalysis and Reactor Engineering II, B.Sc. junior
  • 2005 - 2006 Introduction to Process Technology, B.Sc. freshman
  • 2003 - 2006 Advanced Catalysis Engineering, postdoctoral
  • 2003 - 2005 Multiphase Reactor Engineering, M.Sc.
  • 1999 - 2003 Catalysis Engineering, B.Sc.
  • 1989 - 1998 Dynamic Modelling of Processes

Research description

Chemical Engineering is about design, rates and equilibria. I am more drawn to the dynamics than to the equilibrium phenomena, and I divide my time between physical dynamics (which we often call transport phenomena) and chemical dynamics (which we often call just that, or we refer to it by the equipment involved as chemical reaction engineering). My research interest is the interaction of multiphase microfluidics and chemical dynamics. Much of our work is related to the flow of droplets and bubbles in microchannels, with the aim of doing fun chemistry inside or outside those drops and bubbles. A somewhat simplistic view is that each droplet can be seen as a miniaturized reactor, that moves through a network on a chip as would a test tube through a chemistry lab.
Our flows are laminar, but the free interfaces bring in the fun nonlinearities and instabilities, often driven by surface tension, that are tracktable mathematically with pen and paper, given enough patience. There are lots of interesting chemisties that we deal with, ranging from catalysis to immiscible polymers. I am interested both in computational approaches and experimental work. I am working closely with the Catalysis Engineering group in this department and with the Fluid Mechanics group of Chris Kleijn.

Teaching description

I teach a significant portion of the MSc program in chemical engineering, ranging from chemical to physical dynamics as well. I enjoy the interaction with students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Applications / Vacancies / Job Opportunities

I often have projects for interested MSc students, PhD students and postdocs. In the Dutch academic system, faculty apply for a grant to fund a student, which typically means that the subject for a thesis work is defined by faculty, not the student, although exceptions are possible. That said, I try and accomodate ambitions of students and postdocs. In fact, I need to have a sense of the interests and ambitions of prospective students to consider them. If you are interested in working with me, please send a letter of motivation and a brief statement of objectives and research interests with your resume.

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