Transport Phenomena - Delft University of Technology

Harry E. A. Van den Akker

H. E. A. Van den Akker

Contact details

  • Prof. dr. ir. H. E. A. Van den Akker
  • Professor of Transport Phenomena and Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Room: F2.230
  • van der Maasweg 9, 2629 HZ, Delft, The Netherlands
  • Phone: +31-(0)15-27 85000

Research interests

  • Transport Phenomena
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Lattice Boltzmann Modelling
  • Mixing
  • Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Experimental Fluid Mechanics

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Latest publications

  • Thermohydrodynamics of an Evaporating Droplet Studied Using a Multiphase Lattice Boltzmann Method, Ahad Zarghami and Harry E. A. Van den Akker. Physical Review E 2017, 95  (4), 043310.
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  • The Effect of Pulsating Pressure on the Performance of a Pem Fuel Cell With a Wavy Cathode Surface, Hamid Reza Ashorynejad, Koroush Javaherdeh, and Harry E. A. Van den Akker. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2016, 41  (32), 14239–14251.
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  • H.E.A. Van den Akker. Mesoscale Flow Structures and Fluid-Particle Interactions. In Guy B. Marin and Jinghai Li, editors, Mesoscale Modeling in Chemical Engineering Part I, Vol. 46, Advances in Chemical Engineering, pp. 281–354, Elsevier Science, 2015.
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  • Assessment of Interaction Potential in Simulating Nonisothermal Multiphase Systems by Means of Lattice Boltzmann Modeling, Ahad Zarghami, Niels Looije, and Harry Van den Akker. Physical Review E 2015, 92  (2), 023307.
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  • Lattice-Boltzmann-Based-Two-Phase Thermal Model for Simulating Phase Change, M. R. Kamali, J. J. J. Gillissen, H. E. A. Van den Akker, and Sankaran Sundaresan. Physical Review E 2013, .
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  • Simulating Gas-Liquid Flows by Means of a Pseudopotential Lattice Boltzmann Method, M. R. Kamali and H. E. A. Van den Akker. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2013, 52  (33), 11365–11377.


  • 1974: M.S., Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 1978: Ph.D., Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 1977-1988: Research engineer Royal Dutch Shell Laboratories, Amsterdam
  • 1984-1985: Research engineer Shell Oil Westhollow Research Center, Houston, TX, USA
  • 1988-2015: Full Professor of Transport Phenomena, Delft University of Technology
  • 1988-2002: Director of Kramers Laboratorium voor Fysische Technologie
  • 2002-2011: Head of Multi-Scale Physics Department
  • 2015-2020: Full Professor of Transport Phenomena, Delft University of Technology (0.1 fte, unpaid)

  • 2013- : Bernal Professor of Fluid Mechanics, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Honors and awards

  • 2015: BHR Lifetime Recognition Award of the European Federation of Chemical Engineers' Working Party of Mixing
  • 2012: Visiting Fellow, Chem. Engng. Department, Princeton University, USA
  • 2011: The North American Mixing Forum (NAMF) selected my 1999-paper with Derksen as one of the 21 most influential contributions to the field of mixing (since 1940).
  • 2011: Master Teacher Award for Excellence in Research & Teaching, TU Delft
  • 2010 & 2011: Teacher of the Year, BSc Program Molecular Science & Technology, TU Delft
  • 2008: Member of Merit, Dutch Physical Society (NNV)
  • 2007: Royal Decoration 'Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau'
  • 2005: TOP Grant, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), comprising 3 PhD positions
  • 2001-2003: Visiting Professor, King's College, London, UK
  • 2000: Grant in FOM Multi-Phase Flow program, comprising 1 Assistant Professor position + 4 PhD students
  • 1989: Start-up Grant kf 500 from Shell Nederland

Academic duties and memberships

  • 2012: Chairman of the International Program Committee of the TU Delft Institute for Process Technology
  • 2012: Chairman of Academic Advisory Board of the ISPT
  • 2012: Member Supervisory Board of the TKI ISPT
  • 2010: Member Executive Committee of the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Process Technology ISPT
  • 2009: Chairman Evaluation Panel MSc Program Chemical Engineering Groningen
  • 2006-2010: Member Executive committee, Dutch Separation Technology Institute DSTI
  • 2004-2006: Member Executive Committee 'World Year of Physics-NL'
  • 2003-2007: Chairman 'Netherlands Platform for Physics' (NPN)
  • 2003-2006: Member Executive Committee, Roadmap Separation Technology
  • 2002-2007: Member Chemistry Council, Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW)
  • 2002: Member Panel Research Evaluation CNRS Laboratoire du Génie Chimique, Toulouse, France
  • 1997-2007: Board Member of the Dutch Physical Society (NNV)
  • 1990- : Member Working Party on Mixing, European Federation of Chemical Engineers(Co-)Chair of International Conferences

(Co-)Chair of International Conferences

  • 2013: Co-Chair, 9th European Conference Chemical Engineering (ECCE9), The Hague
  • 2012: Co-Chair, 22nd International Symposium Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE22), Maastricht
  • 2008: Co-Chair, ECI Symposium 'Computational Fluid Dynamics in Chemical Reaction Engineering V', June 2008, Whistler (Canada)
  • 2005: Co-Chair, ECI Symposium 'Computational Fluid Dynamics in Chemical Reaction Engineering IV', June 2005, Barga (Italy)
  • 2000: Chair & Organizer, 10th European Conference on Mixing, Delft
  • 1999: Chair & Organizer, 4th International Conf. on Gas/Liquid & Gas/Liquid/Solid Reactor Engineering, Delft


  • MSc
    • MSc ChemE: CH3421 Computational Transport Phenomena (elective, ~ 10 students)
  • PhD
    • OSPT: CFD for Chemical Engineers (annual national course, 1 week, ~10-15 students)

[MST = Molecular Science & Technology; TN = Applied Physics; ChemE = Chemical Engineering; SET = Sustainable Energy Technologies; IE = Industrial Ecology]

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