On September 21, 2022, Richard BAUR, representative of Shell acting as President of CO-LaN Management Board, presented Professor Klaus MÖLLER, with the CAPE-OPEN 2021 Award “for the promotion of the CAPE-OPEN standard in academic teaching and research“.

Klaus received his Bachelor of Science and his PhD from University of Cape Town where he is now a Professor teaching courses on Numerical Optimisation for Chemical Engineers, Numerical Simulation for Chemical Engineers and Chemical Eng Project Management & Unit Operation Design. So Klaus is teaching process simulation which is a core part of CAPE-OPEN.

His research specialises in using novel implementations of open source simulation tools to develop custom simulations and analyses of industrial and conceptual processes.

Klaus attended the CAPE-OPEN 2018 Annual Meeting where he described how he is using CAPE-OPEN tools in teaching at University of Cape Town and in other universities throughout Africa like at University of Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique. The talk outlined the structure of the course and the challenges that were faced. More so the talk highlighted the success in both learning and understanding that students have gained in becoming more process development ready.

At the CAPE-OPEN 2021 Annual Meeting, Vinushi CHITRANSHI, a Master of Science candidate at University of Cape Town, supervised by Klaus together with Associate Professor Ryno LAUBSCHER of Stellenbosch University, presented on innovative reactor configuration for Fischer-Tropsch (FT), a research conducted using tools implementing CAPE-OPEN interfaces.

Klaus has joined the Thermo Special Interest Group after the CAPE-OPEN 2021 Annual Meeting, answering to the call for participation in SIGs made then by CO-LaN. Within Thermo SIG, Klaus has participated to the review of comments received on the new version of the Chemical Reactions interface specification, and to the design of the Manager Common interface specification.

CO-LaN values the use of CAPE-OPEN tools in teaching and academic research, since it makes students and researchers aware of what CAPE-OPEN can bring them in terms of tool flexibility.

Congratulations to Klaus!