Lead Partner: KULeuven

Intensified Flow Separator Infrastructure and Expertise Network


The INSPIRE network brings infrastructure & expertise together on innovative and breakthrough Process Intensification technologies for continuous separation of critical materials. These process intensification technologies strive to maximize the transfer of mass, momentum and heat and hence drastically increase separation efficiencies. The network aims at identifying the promising intensification technologies for the particular aim of separating and purifying metal ions, metal oxides and metal salts from liquid mixtures.

The solution (technology)

The infrastructure consists of structured flow systems, possibly actuated with non-contact energy forms such as light, ultrasound, microwaves, electrical fields, etc. These systems are used for intensifying separation processes in the fields of crystallization, precipitation, chromatographic separation, reactive extraction and membrane separation.

Duration and Budget

Active from October 2016 to September 2019.

Project coordination and management

Partner: KU Leuven
Name and Title: Dr. Jeroen Jordens (project manager)
Tel: +32 16 32 06 86


KU Leuven, Belgium
Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), Netherlands
University of Limerick, Ireland
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Arkema, France
MEAM, Belgium