Formaldehyde is highly reactive and is technically almost always used in solutions in water taht also contain some methanol. With water or methanol present it reacts to a series of oligomers, so that these solutions are complex recting multicomponent mixtures. Modeling of the physico-chemical properties of these mixtures is a challenge. The Laboratory of Engineering Thermodynamics (LTD) has gathered experience with these systems over almost three decades now. LTD has carried out a large number of projects in formaldehyde process engineering in cooperations with industry. Our models are used for the design and optimization. The accomplished work includes the design of new processes for formaldehyde based chemicals, like trioxane and methylal.
Current research includes the synthesis of poly(oxymethylene) dimethyl ethers (OMEs) that can be used as soot reducing fuel additives and modeling of the production process of urea formaldehyde resins.