Esther Forte

Scientific Staff

Dr.-Ing. Esther Forte

Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering
Laboratory of Engineering Thermodynamics
University of Kaiserslautern
Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße 44
Building 44/ 410
67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany)

Tel.: +49(0)631 205-4028
Fax: +49(0)631 205-3835

E-Mail: ester.forte-serrano[at] 

Research Experience Overview

My field of expertise is in chemical thermodynamics, where I have developed skills combining experimental, modelling, and simulation techniques in a variety of problems. In brief these have covered:

  •   construction of experimental equipment to measure the phase behaviour of reservoir fluids at elevated pressure;
  •   application of molecular-based equations of state to model complex systems;
  •   development of equations of state to improve their accuracy both close to and far from the critical point of fluids;
  •   study of the fundamentals of surface adsorption combining statistical mechanical developments with parallel use of molecular simulation techniques;
  •   development of approaches to model complex reactive systems leading to the formation of electrolytes.

Currently my focus is on extending my experience further in the area of chemical process modelling and simulation, working in tasks involving the implementation of multi-criteria optimization and optimal experimental design methodologies.

Student Projects

  • The current projects available can be found here.



Forte E, Burger J, Langenbach K, Bortz M, Hasse H, 2017, Multi-criteria optimization for parametrization of SAFT-type equations of state for water, AIChE J., Vol: , Pages: , ISSN: 1540-5905.


Forte E,von Harbou E, Burger J, Asprion N, Bortz M, 2017, Optimal Design of Laboratory and Pilot-Plant Experiments Using Multiobjective Optimization, Chem. Ing. Tech., Vol: 89, Pages: 645-654, ISSN: 1522-2640.


Forte E and Taylor SE, 2015, Thermodynamic modelling of asphaltene precipitation and related phenomena, Adv. Colloid Interface Sci., Vol: 217, Pages: 1-12, ISSN: 0001-8686.


Forte E, Haslam AJ, Jackson G, Mueller EA, 2014, Effective coarse-grained solid-fluid potentials and their application to model adsorption of fluids on heterogeneous surfaces, PCCP, Vol. 16, Pages: 19165-19180, ISSN: 1463-9076.


Papadopoulos AI, Badr S, Chremos A, Forte E, Zarogiannis T, Seferlis P, Papadokonstantakis S, Adjiman CS, Galindo A, Jackson G, 2014, Efficient screening and selection of post-combustion CO2 capture solvents, Chem. Eng. Trans., Vol: 39, Pages: 211-216, ISSN: 2283-9216.


Chremos A, Forte E, Papaioannou V, Galindo A, Jackson G, Adjiman CS, 2013, Modelling the Fluid Phase Behaviour of Multifunctional Alkanolamines and Carbon Dioxide Using the SAFT-gamma Approach, Chem. Eng. Trans., Vol: 35, Pages: 427-432, ISSN: 1974-9791.


Forte E, Galindo A, Trusler JPM, 2013, Experimental and molecular modelling study of the three-phase behaviour of (propane + carbon dioxide + water) at reservoir conditions, J. Supercrit. Fluids, Vol: 75, Pages: 30-42, ISSN: 0896-8446.


Forte E, Llovell F, Trusler JPM, Galindo A, 2013, Application of the statistical associating fluid theory for potentials of variable range (SAFT-VR) coupled with renormalisation-group (RG) theory to model the phase equilibria and second-derivative properties of pure fluids, Fluid Phase Equilib., Vol: 337, Pages: 274-287, ISSN: 0378-3812.


Forte E, Galindo A, Trusler JPM, 2011, Experimental and molecular modeling study of the three-phase behavior of (n-decane + carbon dioxide + water) at reservoir conditions, J. Phys. Chem. B, Vol: 115, Pages: 14591-14609, ISSN: 1520-6106.


Forte E, Llovell F, Vega LF, Trusler JPM, Galindo A, 2011, Application of a renormalization-group treatment to the statistical associating fluid theory for potentials of variable range (SAFT-VR), J. Chem. Phys., Vol: 134, ISSN: 0021-9606.


An extended list can be found in my Google Scholar profile.

Education and Career

2015 -

Research Associate, Lehrstuhl für Thermodynamik (LTD), Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany)

2013 - 2014

Lecturer, BP Centre for Petroleum and Surface Chemistry, University of Surrey (UK)

2011 - 2015

Research Associate, Molecular Systems Engineering, Imperial College London (UK)

2007 - 2011

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Thermophysics Laboratory and Molecular Systems Engineering, Imperial College London (UK)


Research Trainee, Laboratory for Micro and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institute (Switzerland)

2002 - 2007

MEng degree in Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Murcia (Spain) 


Letzte Änderung: 15.11.2017