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Professor Andrzej Górak studied chemistry at the Technical University of Lodz in Poland. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Process Engineering in 1979. His thesis treated continuous distillation of multi-component mixtures. He worked at the same faculty as senior researcher until 1988. The following four years he spent as a researcher at Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf. Having completed his habilitation at RWTH Aachen in 1989, Andrzej Górak became professor at the chair of fluid separation processes at  TU Dortmund University in 1992. In 1996 he took over the chair of fluid separation processes at the University of Essen. Four years later, in 2000, he returned to TU Dortmund university  to become the head of laboratory of fluid separations, former chair of fluid separation processes. In addition he is prorector research at TU Dortmund University. Apart from this, he has been full professor at the Technical University of Lodz since 2003.

The scientific activities of professor Andrzej Górak are focused on the computer aided simulation and experimental validation of integrated reaction and separation processes, like reactive distillation and reactive absorption as well as on the analysis of hybrid separation processes and the purification of biotechnological products. Professor Górak ist a coeditor of the journal "Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification“. He initiated and coordinated several projects in 5., 6. and 7. Forschungsrahmenprogramm. Professor Górak is reviewer for NMP, NEST and ERC, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, NSF (USA), etc. In 2010 he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) of the Federal Republic of Germany on 29th of June 2010 for his contributions to international understanding between Poland and Germany (an abstract of the laudation can be found here). The magazine mundo portrayed professor Górak in issue 13/10 in an article called "Herr des Verfahrens" ("master of process").

Links to entire curriculum vitae

© Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrzej Górak

Research areas

Reactive and non-reactive distillation

  • Detailed modelling and simulation of continuous and discontinuous distillation, optimisation of operational mode and design of reactive distillation columns
  • Experimental validation of simulation results
  • Development of new column internals for reactive distillation


Membrane processes

  • Modelling of integrated processes (membranes and distillation columns)
  • Experimental research on membrane processes


Reactive liquid/liquid extraction

  • Modelling and simulation of reactive extraction processes


Modelling of reactive separation processes using the Stefan-Maxwell approach

  • Heat and mass transfer in reactive multicomponent mixtures

Occupation at the chair

Since August 2000, head of the chair of fluid separation processes, now renamed to laboratory of fluid separations.

Publications by Prof. Dr.-Ing. A. Górak

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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