Welcome to Institute for Multiphase Processes
In October 1954, on the suggestion of Professor Hausen, the lower-saxonian ministry of culture decided to originate a new department of "Heat- and Process Engineering”. This new department was to be a part of the Faculty for Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hannover. Fifteen years later, in October 1969, the institute was founded employing Professor Mayinger. In 1981, Professor Mayinger left for the University of Munich and since then Professor Mewes lead the institute until April 2006. Along with employing Professor Glasmacher the institute has been renamed in "Institute for Multiphase Processes". Moreover, the Centre for Biomedical Engineering which was founded by professor Haferkamp was affiliated to the Institute for Multiphase Processes. Besides multiphase material handling technology in offshore area multiphase blood flow is also one of the investigation objects at the institute. Generation of micro- and nano-structured materials for Functional Tissue Engineering (FTE) demonstrates a new research focus. Further interdisciplinary foci are laid on the already established 2D- and 3D-laser based visualisation techniques for capturing flow and concentration fields in chemical boxes (SPP 1141, 1147) and their forthcoming application within biomedical technological bioreactors in FTE. X-ray tomographic visualisations of multiphase flows in bubble columns, fills, packing materials as well as explanted heart valve prostheses complete the interdisciplinary research papers (420 kV x-ray tomograph). In the field of Cryotechnics the institute deals with procedural development of low temperature long-term storage of biological cells and tissues using liquid nitrogen at -196 C° as well as room temperature storage through lyophilisation. Due to freeze-drying (in SFB 599) and electrospinning (in FOR polysialin) biomaterials for scaffolds for FTE is developed that induce with developed bioreactors also mechano-transduction for example on endothelial cells.
In mechanical engineering studies the institute is responsible for the modules Process Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. "Biomedical Engineering" is a self-contained, accredited three semester master's degree program. The institute takes thus a leading role for the further education program "Rubber material technology" (WBK). In summer term the interdisciplinary colloquium "Medical Engineering" takes place in terms of speech event for all interested scientists from the fields of process, refrigeration, laser medical, biomedical engineering, chemistry and physics as well as medical discipline of Hannover Medical School and the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover.
Every two years the institute organises the "Formers' get-together" within the framework of traditional research weeks as further education in the Nienburger Straße and invites fhe former scientific staff members.