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Stroe, Rodica-Elisabeta

PROJECT TITLE: Modelling photocatalytic ethylene destruction by CFD

PhD period: 2016.09.01 – 2019.08.31. (has been prolonged till 2020.02.29)
Section: Fluid Mechanics and Combustion
Research Programme: Other projects 
Supervisor: Lasse Rosendahl
Co-Supervisor: Alireza Rezaniakolaei
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Collaborators: Danish Technological Institute, Blue Ocean Robotics, Dansk Supermarked A/S, Gartneriet PKM, Aarstiderne A/S, Develco Products.
Funding: Innovation Fund Denmark.


In the context of reducing waste, the shelf life of products such as vegetables, fruits, and flowers, can be prolonged by destroying the chemical compounds released by these during storage or transportation. Ethylene (C2H4) is the compound that the aforementioned products release through their ripening process, accelerating thus both the ripening process itself and the degradation process. This project aims at designing, optimizing and analyzing an air-cleaning device with UV-activated photocatalytic titanium dioxide (TiO2) surfaces to destroy the produced ethylene, based on advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) models.


Publications in journals and conference papers may be found at VBN.