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Sophia Volpert

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(+49)231 755-2699

(+49)231 755-2341

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Laboratory of Plant and Process Design
Emil-Figge-Str. 70
Geschossbau 2
44227 Dortmund

Room G2-R3.16


Curriculum Vitae

Born June 10th, 1997 in Olpe (Germany)
2007-2015 St. Franziskus-Gymnasium, Olpe (Germany)

B.Sc. Biochemical Engineering Studies, TU Dortmund University.

Bachelor thesis: Messung und Modellierung der Löslichkeit von Dipeptiden in wässrigen und nicht-wässrigen Lösungen


M.Sc. Biochemical Engineering Studies, TU Dortmund University

Master thesis: Simulation of Hydrodynamics within Centrifugal Partition Chromatography using Computational Fluid Dynamics

Since 2022

PhD at the Laboratory of Plant and Process Design, TU Dortmund University

Field of Research: Continuous Centrifugal Extraction


Field of Research

The application of unstable phase systems (like aqueous two-phase systems) in conventional extraction processes is challenging due to poor phase separation and resulting long phase settling times. The development of the continuous centrifugal extraction (CCE), which is based on the technology of centrifugal partition chromatography (CPC), provides a benefit, as the use of centrifugal forces enhances phase separation and additionally supports phase mixing. Both liquid phases are pumped continuously in counter-current direction through a chamber cascade inside a rotor. A third stream containing the sample to be separated can continuously be fed somewhere in the middle of the chamber cascade.This transfer from a batch process (CPC) to a continuous one (CCE) leads to a significant increase in overall productivity.


Poster presentations

Volpert, Buthmann, Koop, Schembecker
Towards Analysis of Hydrodynamics within Continuous Centrifugal Extraction using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Himmelfahrtstagung on Bioprocess Engineering (2022), Mainz

Volpert, Koop, Schembecker
Continuous Centrifugal Extraction: Technical Challenges and their Solutions
(Bio)Process Engineering/ProcessNet (2022), Aachen

Volpert, Nordhausen, Alfsmann, Schembecker
Continuous Centrifugal Extraction: Hydrodynamics in Separation Chambers with simultaneous Mixing and Settling
Fachausschusstagung Extraktion (2023), Frankfurt