prof.dr.ing. M.B. Franke (Meik)

Full Professor

About Me

I studied Chemical Engineering from 1996 to 2001 at the Technical University (TU) Dortmund in Germany and obtained my PhD at the Laboratory of Fluid Separations of Professor Andrzej Górak at the same university.

I worked for over 15 years at Bayer and LANXESS in Germany and China in various positions. During this time, I was involved in process development and investment projects for isocyanate production units as process engineer and project manager. I was responsible as technical plant manager for the maintenance and investments projects of an amine phosgenation unit and as global technology manager for the process improvement of an agrochemical activate ingredient. In my last assignment at Bayer, I was heading the Process Modeling and Design group, which is part of the digital transformation activities providing the Digital Twins for the productions plants of Bayer.

I have been appointed in January 2021 as professor for Process Design and Optimization at the Sustainable Process Technology (SPT) Group at the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW). My research interest is in the area of advanced process design and optimization including mixed-integer optimization, process optimization under uncertainties, and scheduling of chemical batch plants.



Engineering & Materials Science
Nonlinear Programming
Earth & Environmental Sciences


Shehab, M. G. A. M. (2024). Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel through Biomass: Experimental and Simulation approach. [PhD Thesis - Research external, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036560795
Wallrath, R., Seanner, F., Lampe, M. , & Franke, M. (2023). A new time-bucket MILP formulation for optimal lot-sizing and scheduling of an industrial make-and-fill process. In 33rd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (pp. 1853-1859). (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; Vol. 52). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-443-15274-0.50294-8
Lewin, D. R. , Zondervan, E. , Franke, M. , Kiss, A. A., Krämer, S., Pérez-Fortes, M., Schweidtmann, A. M., (Ellen) Slegers, P. M., Somoza-Tornos, A., Swinkels, P. L. J., & Wentink, B. (2023). An Educational Workshop for Effective PSE Course Development. In 33rd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (pp. 3495-3500). (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; Vol. 52). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-443-15274-0.50558-8
Huynh, T. A., Rossi, M. , Raeisi, M. , Franke, M. B., Manenti, F. , & Zondervan, E. (2022). Promising future for biodiesel: Superstructure optimization from feed to fuel. In Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (pp. 595-600). (Computer Aided Chemical Engineering; Vol. 51). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-95879-0.50100-4

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