Research Topics Reaction Engineering

In reaction engineering, the focus is on the development of novel processes for chemical energy conversion and storage. Therefore, we use and develop methods from computational fluid dynamics (CFD), nuclear magentic resonance and magentic resonance imaging (NMR/MRI) and instrumental alalytics (mass spectrospcopy, gas chromotography).

Research projects

Heat and mass transfer during heterogeneous catalysis

We use CFD methods (finite volume) to simulate entire open-cells monolithic sponges as catalyst support. The mesh is generated from micro computer tomography data. Project is part of the DFG research training group GRK 1860 "MIMENIMA".

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Dynamic Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

Investigation of the dynamic behavior of Fischer-Tropsch processes using nuclear magentic resonance imaging (NMR) and analytical methods. Part of the BMBF/BMWi project QUARREE100.

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Sabatier reaction with changing loads

Influence of changing loads on the stability and yield of methanation reaction. Project in the framework of the DFG priority program SPP 2080 "DynaKat".

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Power Induced Catalytic Combustor

This project focuses on the development of a catalytic reactor system that extracts energy from non-ignitable, methane-containing lean gases for climate protection and energy generation.

Rarefied gas flow

The knowledge about the precise behaviour of gases is need for many technical applications. But under certain circumstances, the gas cannot be treated as a continuum and a different angle is required. This projhect is about modeling and experimantel validation of rarified gas flows.


Schematic presentation of pore networks filled with liquids

NMR-Analysis of mass transport during Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis

Fischer-Tropsch synthesis is a process to produce long-chain hydrocarbons from synthesis gas (CO and H2). This allows the production of clean-burning kerosene and diesel that are not based on petroleum. In this project we investigate how to improve the mass transfer of the product mixtures for a more efficient process.