ISKRA is an international school aimed at training PhD students in Chemical Sciences and Chemical Engineering on modern topics of chemical kinetics and design of chemical reactors.

The student will be accompanied in a guided and interactive path aimed at process development starting from the most modern techniques of synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts. Multiphase reactors will be discussed, with a view to process intensification, i.e., the development of chemical reactors optimized in terms of yield and energy use. Attention will be paid to the description of the most advanced chemical reactors (e.g., chromatographic reactors, reactive distillation, dynamic systems) contemplating the use of alternative energy sources (e.g., microwaves, ultrasounds, radio frequencies).

The school will be held in Naples, at the conference center of the Department of Chemical Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II, from the 4th to the 9th of September 2023.

All the material of the school will be available on MS Teams platform (link).


Important dates

  • Registration: 30/07/2023 deadline
  • School: 4-9/09/2023


Benefits of the school

  • No subscription fee*
  • Blended teaching modality


What will you learn

  • the newest experimental and theoretical concepts of chemical kinetics, particularly the application of it in real production conditions
  • the newest concepts of structured catalysts and reactors in order to make processes more effective (higher production and energy savings)
  • the implementation of unconventional energy forms in chemical processes and combining reaction and separation


What will you develop

  • advanced modeling, simulation and optimization of chemical transformations
  • creative thinking in process innovation, contributing to the great shift to the use of renewable resources (raw materials and energy sources) in sustainable chemical and process industry
  • multinational and multidisciplinary interaction skills and networking


ISKRA Programme

Date Session title Activity Time Lesson Docent
04/09 ISKRA Overture Info 09:00 – 09:30 Welcome, institutional greetings, ISKRA overture Vincenzo Russo, Tapio Salmi, Stefan Haase
04/09 New trends in kinetics and process development Lecture 09:30 – 11:00 New trends in chemical kinetics Martino Di Serio (UniNa)
Lecture 11:00 – 12:30 Principles of mass and energy transfer Vincenzo Russo (UniNa)
Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
Lecture 13:30 – 15:00 Development of heterogeneous catalysts Tapio Salmi (ÅA)
Activity 18:00 Walking in Napoli Downtown and Social Dinner: meeting point Piazza Bovio
05/09 Intensification of chemical processes Lecture 09:00 – 10:30 Catalysts and structured reactors Tapio Salmi (ÅA)
Lecture 10:30 – 12:00 Milli and micro-reactors Stefan Haase (TUD)
Workshop 12:00 – 13:00 Process Intensification. How to choose the right device Henrik Grenman (ÅA)
Lunch 13:00 – 14:00
Lecture 14:00 – 15:30 Unconventional forms of energy: ultrasound, microwave, plasma Tapio Salmi (ÅA)
Workshop 15:30 – 16:30 Case studies for the evaluation of the most correct form of unconventional energy Matias Alvear (ÅA)
Lecture 16:30 – 18:00 Process dynamics and process reliability Stefan Haase (TUD)
06/09 Multiphase chemical reactors and reactive separation units Lecture 09:00 – 10:30 Multiphase reactors Stefan Haase (TUD)
Lecture 10:30 – 12:00 Advanced methods in characterization of multiphase reactors Stefan Haase (TUD)
Lunch 12:00 – 13:00
Lecture 13:00 – 14:30 Fluid-fluid and fluid-solid reactions Henrik Grenman (ÅA)
Workshop 14:30 – 17:00 Laboratory of Industrial Catalysis Rosa Turco (UniNa)
07/09 Mathematical modeling of chemical reactors Lecture 09:00 – 10:30 Numerical methods Riccardo Tesser (UniNa)
Lecture 10:30 – 11:50 Reactor Modeling Software Riccardo Tesser (UniNa)
Info 11:50 – 12:00 Assigning tasks for Saturday Vincenzo Russo (UniNa)
Lunch 12:00 – 13:00
Workshop 13:00 – 14:30 Using MATLAB “hands on” Tommaso Cogliano (ÅA)
Activity 15:30 Napoli Sotterranea: meeting point Piazza del Gesù Nuovo
08/09 Reactive separation and reactor optimization Lecture 09:00 – 10:00 Optimization of chemical reactors Tapio Salmi (ÅA)
Lecture 10:00 – 11:00 Reactive absorption/extraction/distillation Vincenzo Russo (UniNa)
Lecture 11:00 – 12:30 Reactive chromatography Vincenzo Russo (UniNa)
Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
Lecture 13:30 – 14:30 Design of experiments Francesco Taddeo (UniNa)
Workshop 14:30 – 15:30 From simulation to design Rosa Vitiello (UniNa)
Lecture 15:30 – 16:30 Regression analysis Riccardo Tesser (UniNa)
Workshop 16:30 – 17:30 At the pursuit of kinetic constants Riccardo Tesser (UniNa)
09/09 Student Session Activity 09:00 – 11:30 Flash presentations of real research
Lecture 11:30 – 12:30 How to write a scientific article Vincenzo Russo (UniNa)
Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
Activity 13:30 – 15:30 Journal Club: become the reviewer of a famous author
Info 15:30 – 16:00 Conclusions and Take Home messages Vincenzo Russo, Tapio Salmi, Stefan Haase

Download the programme here.


Organizing institutions

University of Naples Federico II (Prof. Vincenzo Russo)

Åbo Akademi (Prof. Tapio Salmi)

TU-Dresden (Prof. Stefan Haase)


ISKRA was organized in the frame of Erasmus+ KA131 Blended Intensive Programme.


* Erasmus+ covers the expenses of the students/docents belonging to the consortium UniNa/AA/TUD