Research projects

Our Heart Beats for Research

Research and Development are in the DNA of our company. Founded as a spin-off of the Technical University of Berlin, the continuous search for improvement and development, as well as new application fields in the area of particle measurement technology are a major drive for us. Our focus always is the practical application and values for our customers! Starting with management, our team consists of developers, innovators, and lateralthinkers.

We support the next generation of young scientists. SOPAT operates closely with diverse international universities with a technological focus as a research partner, equipment provider, and employer. We are currently involved in the following research projects:

AiF ZIM – SPI- Smart Process Inspection

 The development of intelligent optical measurement systems with quick reaction times is necessary for future digital production methods in the age of Industry 4.0. To this belongs the networking of sensors in networks. Additionally, this requires the ability to quickly and intelligently manage the flood of information, automatically within self-organizing systems. SOPAT is a member of the research and innovation network „Optische Messtechnik & Sensorik für die Produktion der Zukunft – Industrie 4.0.“


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Pakmem – Effective treatment of problematic waste water with ceramic nano-filtration membranes. This project is devoted to “Development and testing of integrated water treatment processes for efficient water reuse and water cycle guidance with exemplary character for the targeted industries as well as high transferability potential for other industries.”

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ERICAA: Energy and resource conservation through innovative and CFD based layouts of fluid-fluid gravity separators

 The separation of liquid / liquid mixtures in gravity separators is a widespread and compelling standard operation in process engineering. […]

 The aim of the project is to develop a practice-oriented standard by means of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in order to calculate the course of flow – and thus the partial residence time distribution – in arbitrary separators on the basis of available process data.

 The additional implementation of the drop behavior (coalescence, phase boundaries) should also enable the calculation of the separator efficiency. 

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ProcessNet – Section Particle Measurement Technology

 The Subject Division addresses the characterization of dispersive systems, e.g. suspensions, emulsions, suspo-emulsions, powders, aerosols, foams and also cells in fermenters. The characterization properties extend far beyond particle size, covering properties such as form, polymorphism, colour and structure.””

 This section is devoted to the further development of measurement technology and methods and connects through this industries, measurement equipment producers, and universities. 

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EFCE: Working Party on Characterization of Particulate Systems (ChoPS) 

The characteristics of particles, such as size and shape have an immense influence on their behavior, from texture of foods, to the effectiveness of medications, to the stability of buildings. If one wants to optimize the performance of a particle, one needs precise insights, a deep understanding, and lastly control possibilities over the particle properties. The EFCE devotes itself to the extension of research on particle measurement technology, as well as the particle usability for industry and research.

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