Curriculum vitae  

Positions | Studies & Training | Experience & Skills | Awards & Affiliations | Publications

Tony Kiss (Anton Alexandru) is a professor & chair in chemical engineering at The University of Manchester (UK), and Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. Born in the heart of Transylvania, he had an early passion for chemistry and he was recruited in the National Chemistry Olympic Team. Graduating as the best student, he was awarded the title of Chemical Engineer and Master of Science from the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, where he remained to work as teaching assistant in the InfoChim group. Afterwards, he successfully earned a PhD in Chemistry & ChemEng, at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Then, he worked as PostDoc fellow at DeltChemTech (TU Delft) and again at UvA .

Tony has worked for over a decade in the chemical industry, as Senior Project Manager and RD&I Specialist in Chemical Process Technology at AkzoNobel - Research, Development & Innovation. At the same time, he was appointed as (part-time) full professor at the University of Twente (SPT group). Just a few years later, he started as full professor & chair at The University of Manchester (CEAS). During the past decades, he carried out numerous research & industrial projects, published many textbooks, chapters, patents, and 100+ scientific articles. In addition, he won several prestigious awards: Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, Hoogewerff Jongerenprijs, and AkzoNobel Innovation Excellence Award. Tony Kiss is also a research fellow of The Royal Society, and a respected member of established professional institutions: AIChE, CAPE-WP, EFCE, ESMC, IChemE, PSE-NL, SCI.

OrcID: 0000-0001-5099-606X | ResearcherID: J-2918-2015 | Scopus AuthorID: 55558814600
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/tonykiss | ResearchGate: Anton_Kiss

  Contact info  

United Kingdom
The University of Manchester, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Sackville Street, The Mill (B7F), Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom | Tel. +44-161-306.8759
E-mail: tony.kiss@manchester.ak.uk |
Web: www.ceas.manchester.ac.uk | www.tonykiss.com

The Netherlands
University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology
Sustainable Process Technology, TNW/SPT Meander 2.23, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, NL
Tel. +31-53-489.2388, Fax: +31-53-489.4738
E-mail: a.a.kiss@utwente.nl | Web: www.utwente.nl

  Jobs & Positions  

2017-20?? Professor of Chemical Engineering (Chair) - School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
The University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester M13 9PL, United Kingdom

2014-2019 Professor of Separation Technology | Sustainable Process Technology
University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology, Enschede, The Netherlands

2014-2017 RD&I Specialist & Senior Project Manager - Process Technology | IT Officer of SRG-PT & SRG-PRS
AkzoNobel Supply Chain, Research & Development, SRG Process Technology, Deventer, The Netherlands

2009-2015 Invited (industrial) lecturer at Dutch Universities: Advanced process integration by reactive separations
~ Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Chemical Engineering, Delft
~ University of Twente, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, Enschede
~ Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven

2010-2014 Senior Project Leader - Separation Technology | IT Officer of ECG-PT
AkzoNobel Research, Development & Innovation, ECG-PT, Deventer/Arnhem, The Netherlands

2005-2009 Project Leader - Chemical Process Technology | IT Officer CPT department
Akzo Nobel Chemicals - Research and Technology Center, CPT, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2004-2005 Postdoctoral Fellowship (Senior Researcher), van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
PostDoc advisors: Prof. Gadi Rothenberg & Prof. Dr. Eng. Alexandre Dimian
~ Entrainer-based reactive distillation for synthesis of fatty acids Esters (NWO/CW Project Nr. 700.54.653)

2004 Jun-Jul Consultant Process System Engineer, Unilever BestFoods
Foods Research Center Unilever R&D, Vlaardingen, The Netherlands
~ Foam control in aerated reactors (e.g. tea production) and simulation of gas/liquid reactors

2004 Mar-Jun Postdoctoral Fellowship (Senior Researcher), DeltChemTech
Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
PostDoc advisors: Prof. Johan Grievink & Dr. Costin Sorin Bildea
~ Dynamic modeling, simulation and optimization of an industrial sulfuric acid process
~ EU Project nr. G1RD-2001-40261 / OPT-ABSO

2000-2004 Ph.D. student / A.I.O., Department of Chemical Engineering (ITS) / HIMS
Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
Ph.D. supervisors: Prof. Dr. Eng. Piet Iedema & Prof. Dr. Eng. Alexandre Dimian
~ Title of the Ph.D. thesis: Design and Control of Recycle Systems by Non-linear Analysis

1997-2000 Teaching assistant & Chemical engineer, Department of Chemical Engineering,
Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 'Babes-Bolyai' University of Cluj-Napoca

  Studies & Training  

2000-2004 PhD in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering (EQF level 8), Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Title of the PhD thesis: Design and Control of Recycle Systems by Non-linear Analysis
PhD supervisors: Prof. Dr. Piet Iedema & Prof. Dr. Eng. Alexandre Dimian

1997-1998 Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (EQF level 7) - Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering,
'Babes-Bolyai' University of Cluj-Napoca, graduated as the best student (with an average grade of 10.00)
Title of MSc dissertation: Modeling of the brine electrolysis process - Ion exchange membrane technology
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ing. Serban Paul Agachi & Dr. Ing. Arpad Imre-Lucaci

1992-1997 Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (EQF level 6) - Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
'Babes-Bolyai' University of Cluj-Napoca, Technology of Organic Compounds, graduated on the first position (9.85 out of 10)
Title of graduation thesis: Design of an emulsion polymerization PVC plant. Digital control of the polymerization reactor.
Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ing. Serban Paul Agachi & Dr. Ing. Mircea Cristea

1989-1992 Baccalaureate / Matura / Abitur (EQF level 4), Maths-and-Physics profile - 'Gheorghe Lazar' College, Bucharest.
'Mihail Cantacuzino' College (former 'George Enescu' High School), Sinaia, Maths-and-Physics stream.

Additional training courses

  Languages  

~ Romanian - fluent (native speaker)
~ English - excellent (speaking, reading, writing)
~ Dutch - very good (speaking, reading, writing)
~ Spanish, Italian, French, German, Afrikaans, Hungarian - basic knowledge (amateur level)

  Experience & Skills  

Chemical Process Technology (including process design, modeling and simulation, process integration, revamping, process control and optimization): production of methanol and syngas, dimethyl ether (DME), dimethyl carbonate (DMC), monochloroacetic acid (MCA), chlor-alkali chemicals, ethylene amines, fatty nitriles & amines, fatty acids & fatty alcohols, metal alkyls (e.g. DEZ, TMAL, TEAL, TMG), ethyl chloride, chelates, cellulosic specialties, ethylbenzene & cumene, phenol & acetone, cyclohexanol & cyclohexanone; styrene & vinyl acetate process, monomers & polyesters for packaging and powder coatings, poly vinyl chloride (PVC), low-density poly-ethylene (LDPE) and poly-propylene.

Industrial applications of novel energy savings techniques: heat pumps (MVR, TVR, CRHP, TAHP), pressure exchangers (PX), dividing-wall columns (DWC), heat-integrated distillation (HIDiC), reactive separations (RD, RA, REx), and other process intensification technologies. Development of innovative technologies for integrated production of biofuels (biodiesel, bioethanol, biobutanol, DME). Synthesis of solid acid / base catalysts for biofuels and chemicals production from biomass.

Computer Aided Chemical Process Design: AspenTech AspenONE - Aspen Engineering Suite: Aspen Plus, Aspen Dynamics, Aspen Split, Aspen Pinch, Aspen Custom Modeler, Aspen ICARUS Process Evaluator, SuperTarget, ChemStations ChemCAD, SimSci Pro/II, HyproTech HYSYS, and PSE gPROMS. Programming languages: MathWorks Matlab & Simulink, National Instruments LabVIEW, Borland Delphi & Pascal, Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C & C++. Data aquisition (DAQ) and processing. Development of process control software tools. Theoretical and computational chemistry, applications of topological indices in QSPR / QSAR studies for the chemical industry.

Information & Communications Technology: experienced officer with advanced knowledge or high level in Operating Systems (Microsoft DOS & Windows), MS Office Suite, Web authoring, Internet security tools. Networking: Novel Netware, MS Networks, TCP/IP, FTP, HTTP/s, Telnet, SSH, P2P, E-mail systems, other various system utilities, security tools and multimedia programs. Proficiency in computer hardware architecture - configuration and installation of any type of IT equipment, hardware and software on all types of personal computers.

Laboratory manager with good equipment knowledge: multi-reactions parallel synthesizers, gas chromatography (GC), infra-red spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), vacuum and calcination ovens, calorimeters, micro-wave devices, rotavap, electronic balances, standard glassware.

Acquire funding & conduct research projects within chemical industry (AkzoNobel), EU Research Programs and Dutch funding agencies: Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT), Technology foundation (STW), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) - active as initiator, project leader, coordinator, partner or participant.

Teaching experience (courses): Separation Processes, Process Simulation, Computer Aided Process Engineering, Advanced Process Integration and Plantwide Control, Applied Thermodynamics, Computer Applications in Chemistry & Engineering, Applied Numerical Methods, Design and Control of Chemical Processes, Optimization of Chemical Processes.

Project supervisor / advisor of many BSc, MSc, PhD and PostDoc (graduation) projects of (inter-)national students

Committee member for a number of PhD candidates (all of them doctors now):
~ Javier Fernandez de la Fuente (TU Delft, 16.11.2017, Prof. Andrzej Stankiewicz)
~ Lawien Zubeir (TU Eindhoven, 20.10.2016, Prof. Maaike Kroon)
~ Thomas Bisgard (DTU Lyngby, Denmark, 17.05.2016, Prof. Jens Abildskov)
~ Dennis Marijn van de Bor (TU Delft, 3.03.2014, Prof. Thijs Vlugt)
~ Juan Pablo Gutierrez (TU Eindhoven, 2.04.2013, Prof. Andre de Haan)
~ Deeptanshu Dwivedi (NTNU Trondheim, Norway, 18.01.2013, Prof. Sigurd Skogestad)
~ Radu Mihai Ignat ('Politehnica' University of Bucharest, 14.09.2012, Prof. A. Woinarosky)
~ Mayank Shah (TU Eindhoven, 9.11.2011, Prof. Andre de Haan)

Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals (Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis, De Gruyter): ALL Journals

  Awards & Affiliations  

Acclaimed winner of several distinguished international awards
~ Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award - Prestigious award for respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential, Manchester, 2017.
~ Pirkey Distinguished Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, US, 2017.
~ Hoogewerff Jongerenprijs - Prestigious Dutch award for the most promising young researcher, The Hague, 2013.
~ AkzoNobel Innovation Excellence Award - Highly regarded industrial award, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013.
~ Performance Coatings RD&I - Innovation Excellence Award - Granted for the most successful innovation, Deventer, The Netherlands, 2013.
~ American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) SE Grant, Orlando, USA, 2006.
~ Marie Curie Grant for Young Researchers, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004.

Regular winner of top awards at chemistry Olympiads and student contests
~ Master of Science Diploma in Chemical Engineering - Best Graduating Student, Chemical Engineering of Interface Processes, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, 1998.
~ License Diploma of Engineer - Best Graduating Student, Organic Substances Technology, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, 1997.
~ Special Prize at the International Chemistry Contest, Szeged, Hungary, 1996.
~ Member of the National Chemistry Olympic Team, Romania, 1989-1992.
~ National Chemistry Olympiads, Romania, 1988-1992. (2nd / 3rd and Special Prize, Honorific mentions)

Member / senior member / research fellow of established professional institutions
- AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers)
- CAPE-WP (EFCE Working Party on Computer Aided Process Engineering)
- EFCE (European Federation of Chemical Engineering)
- ESMC (European Society of Mathematical Chemistry)
- IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers)
- PSE-NL (Process Systems Engineering NL)
- Royal Society (United Kingdom)
- SCI (Society of Chemical Industry)

Member of the (Advisory) Editorial Board of several journals
- Chemical Engineering Research and Design (IChemE / Elsevier)
- Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (SCI / Wiley)
- NPT Procestechnologie (Dutch magazine)

  Selected Publications  

  1. A. A. Kiss, O. M. Kattan Readi, An industrial perspective on membrane distillation processes, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 93, 2047-2055, 2018. DOI: 10.1002/jctb.5674

  2. A. A. Kiss, R. Geertman, M. Wierschem, M. Skiborowski, B. Gielen, J. Jordens, J. J. John, T. van Gerven, Ultrasound-assisted emerging technologies for chemical processes, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 93, 1219-1227, 2018. DOI: 10.1002/jctb.5555

  3. A. A. Kiss, J. P. Lange, B. Schuur, D. W. F. Brilman, A. G. J. van der Ham, S. R. A. Kersten, Separation technology - Making a difference in biorefineries, Biomass and Bioenergy, 95, 296-309, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.05.021

  4. A. A. Kiss, J. J. Pragt, H. J. Vos, G. Bargeman, M. T. de Groot, Novel efficient process for methanol synthesis by CO2 hydrogenation, Chemical Engineering Journal, 284, 260-269, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.08.101

  5. A. A. Kiss, J. Grievink, M. Rito-Palomares, A systems engineering perspective on process integration in industrial biotechnology, Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 90, 349-355, 2015. DOI: 10.1002/jctb.4584

  6. A. A. Kiss, Z. Olujic, A review on process intensification in internally heat-integrated distillation columns, Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 86, 125-144, 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2014.10.017

  7. A. A. Kiss, Distillation technology - Still young and full of breakthrough opportunities, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 89, 479-498, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/jctb.4262

  8. A. A. Kiss, Novel applications of dividing-wall column technology to biofuel production processes, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 88, 1387-1404, 2013. DOI: 10.1002/jctb.4108

  9. A. A. Kiss, C. S. Bildea, A review on biodiesel production by integrated reactive separation technologies, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 87, 861-879, 2012. DOI: 10.1002/jctb.3785

  10. A. A. Kiss, D. J-P. C. Suszwalak, Enhanced bioethanol dehydration by extractive and azeotropic distillation in dividing-wall columns, Separation & Purification Technology, 86, 70-78, 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2011.10.022

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  Textbooks & Book chapters  

  1. A. A. Kiss, C. S. Bildea, Intensified downstream processing in biofuels production, in the book of A. Stankiewicz, A. Gorak (Eds), Intensification of biobased processes, RSC Publishing, ISBN 978-1-78262-855-2, 518 pages, 62-85, 2018. DOI: 10.1039/9781788010320

  2. A. A. Kiss, Process intensification for reactive distillation, in the book of B-G. Rong (Ed), Process synthesis and process intensification: Methodological approaches, de Gruyter, ISBN 978-3-11-046505-1, 412 pages, 143-181, 2017. DOI: 10.1515/9783110465068-004

  3. A. A. Kiss, C. A. Infante Ferreira, Heat pumps in chemical process industry, CRC-Press (Taylor & Francis Group), ISBN 978-1-4987-1895-0, 428 pages, 2016.

  4. A. A. Kiss, Process intensification: Industrial applications, in the book of J. G. Segovia-Hernandez, A. Bonilla-Petriciolet (Eds), Process intensification in chemical engineering: Design, optimization and control, Springer International Publishing, ISBN 978-3-319-28390-6, 336 pages, 221-260, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28392-0_8

  5. A. A. Kiss, Process intensification technologies for biodiesel production - Reactive separation processes, Springer Briefs in Applied Sciences and Technology series, ISBN 978-3-319-03553-6, 104 pages, 2014.

  6. A. C. Dimian, C. S. Bildea, A. A. Kiss, Integrated design and simulation of chemical processes, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, ISBN 978-0-444-62700-1, 886 pages, 2014.

  7. A. A. Kiss, Advanced Distillation Technologies - Design, Control and Applications, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-1-1199-9361-2, 408 pages, 2013.

  8. A. A. Kiss, C. S. Bildea, Reactive absorption, in the book of S. Ramaswamy, H. Huang, B. Ramarao (Eds), Separation and Purification Technologies in Biorefineries, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-97796-5, 622 pages, 467-484, 2013.

  9. A. A. Kiss, Reactive distillation technology, in the book of K. Boodhoo and A. Harvey (Eds), Process Intensification Technologies for Green Chemistry: Innovative Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Chemical Processing, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-97267-0, 424 pages, 251-274, 2013.

  10. A. A. Kiss, Reactive absorption technology, in the book of K. Boodhoo and A. Harvey (Eds), Process Intensification Technologies for Green Chemistry: Innovative Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Chemical Processing, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-97267-0, 424 pages, 289-310, 2013.

  Conferences & Workshops  

  1. 11th International Conference on Distillation & Absorption, DA2018, 16-19 September 2018, Florence, Italy
    A. A. Kiss, M. Jobson, Taking reactive distillation to the next level of process intensification
    A. A. Kiss, V. N. Maleta, Cyclic distillation technology - A new challenger in fluid separations
    R. Muthia, A. G. J. van der Ham, A. A. Kiss, A novel method for determining the optimal operating points of reactive distillation processes
    I. Patrascu, C. S. Bildea, A. A. Kiss, Enhanced biobutanol separation by a heat pump assisted azeotropic dividing-wall column

  2. PSE@ResearchDayUK at Imperial College London, PSE@ResearchDayUK, 7 September 2018, London, UK
    A. A. Kiss, Process Systems Engineering from an industrial and academic perspective

  3. European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, ESCAPE-28, 10-13 June 2018, Graz, Austria
    R. Muthia, A. G. J. van der Ham, A. A. Kiss, Preliminary economic ranking of reactive distillation processes using a navigation method
    I. Patrascu, C. S. Bildea, A. A. Kiss, Heat pump assisted azeotropic DWC for enhanced biobutanol separation

  4. 19th Rideal Conference, UK Catalysis Hub, 26-28 March 2018, Oxfordshire, UK
    A. A. Kiss, Novel catalytic distillation processes for a sustainable chemical industry

  5. 13th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries, RRB-13, 7-9 June 2017, Wroclaw, Poland
    A. A. Kiss, Enhanced downstream processing of biofuels

  6. European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering, ESCAPE-26, 12-15 June 2016, Portoroz, Slovenia
    C. S. Bildea, I. Patrascu, J. G. Segovia-Hernandez, A. A. Kiss, Enhanced down-stream processing of biobutanol in the ABE fermentation process
    H. J. Kuenen, H. J. Mengers, A. G. J. van der Ham, A. A. Kiss, Novel process for conversion of CO2 to dimethyl carbonate using catalytic membrane reactors
    A. A. Kiss, J. J. Pragt, H. J. Vos, G. Bargeman, M. T. de Groot, Enhanced process for methanol production by CO2 hydrogenation

  7. European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering & 15th International Symposium on Process Systems Engineering, ESCAPE-25 & PSE-2015, 31 May - 4 June 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
    A. A. Kiss, H. Luo, C. S. Bildea, Energy efficient bioethanol purification by heat pump assisted extractive distillation
    C. S. Bildea, R. Gyorgy, E. Sanchez-Ramirez, J. J. Quiroz-Ramirez, J. G. Segovia Hernandez, A. A. Kiss, Optimal design and plantwide control of di-n-pentyl ether processes

  8. 10th Distillation & Absorption Conference, DA2014, 14-17 September 2014, Friedrichshafen, Germany
    R. M. Ignat, A. A. Kiss, C. S. Bildea, Optimal extractive distillation process for bioethanol dehydration
    C. S. Bildea, C. Patrut, A. A. Kiss, Control of cyclic distillation systems
    K. Werth, A. A. Kiss, G. Stefanidis, P. Lutze, Process analysis of microwave assisted reactive distillation

  9. 16th Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction - PRES-2013, 29 September - 2 October 2013, Rhodes, Greece
    A. A. Kiss, D. J-P. C. Suszwalak, R. M. Ignat, Process intensification alternatives in the DME production
    A. A. Kiss, D. J-P. C. Suszwalak, R. M. Ignat, Breaking azeotropes by azeotropic and extractive distillation in a dividing-wall column

  10. 9th European Congress of Chemical Engineering, ECCE-9, 21-24 April 2013, The Hague, The Netherlands
    A. A. Kiss, Jury Member - Huntsman Design Contest / Chaiman session Energetics
    A. A. Kiss, Distillation technology - Still young and full of breakthrough opportunities (Hoogewerff Jongerenprijs Lecture)
    A. A. Kiss, D. J-P. C. Suszwalak, R. M. Ignat, Process intensification alternatives in the production of DME
    A. A. Kiss, D. J-P. C. Suszwalak, R. M. Ignat, Breaking azeotropes by extractive and azeotropic distillation in a DWC
    A. A. Kiss, S. J. Flores Landaeta, C. A. Infante Ferreira, Selection of energy efficient heat pumps for distillation technologies

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