We are dedicated to innovative chemical technologies and thrive at the interface of heterogeneous catalysis, reaction engineering, downstream processing as well as conceptual process design.
Our research focuses
(I) on the utilization of renewable resources (biogenic platform chemicals and carbon dioxide) for sustainable chemical production as well as
(II) on porous and functional materials as innovative catalysts, adsorbents and membrane materials.
A warm welcome to Dr. Navneet Kumar Gupta who joined the group as Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow. Despite the current circumstances he started virtually in January 2021 and now he has finally arrived and can start his experimental work on novel catalyst concepts for the aqueous phase amination of biobased alcohols. Looking forward to two productive years. (Fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
Congratulations to Arne Nisters who was awarded the PhD scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes for his work on nanoporous polymers as solid molecular catalysts.
Our new paper in Catal. Sci. Technol. on “Catalytic CO2 esterification with ethanol for the production of diethyl carbonate using optimized CeO2 as catalyst” is online (https://doi.org.10.1039/D0CY01793K).
Our new paper in Catal. Sci. Technol. on “Selective catalytic synthesis of short chain oxymethylene ethers by a heteropoly acid – a reaction parameter and kinetic study” is online (https://doi.org/10.1039/D0CY02434A).
Welcome to Arne Nisters who graduated from RWTH Aachen University and joined the group as PhD student. He will work on porous organic frameworks as novel catalysts.
Our new paper in collaboration with the Sievers group from Georgia Institute of Technology in Adv. Energy Lett. on “Mechanocatalytic Ammonia Synthesis over TiN in Transient Microenvironments” is online (https://doi.org/10.1021/acsenergylett.0c01895)
Welcome back to Timo Schäfer who finally joined the group as PhD student working on the catalytic conversion of bio-based platform chemicals!
Our new paper in Adv. Sustainable Sys. on “Biomass‐Derived Aromatics by Solid Acid‐Catalyzed Aldol Condensation of Alkyl Methyl Ketones” is online and OPEN ACCESS (https://doi.org/10.1002/adsu.201900150).
Welcome to Sebastian Kaul who joined the group for his Master thesis. He will be investigating why different metal catalysts show significantly different selectivities in carbohydrate hydrogenation.
Sebastian Hock was awarded the Poster Prize for his work on the “Additive manufacturing and hydrodynamic characteristics of 3D-structured monoliths with hierarchical porosity” at the conference 29th ATC: Industrial Inorganic Chemistry – Materials and Processes. Congratulations!
Our new paper in Chem. Ing. Tech. on “3D‐Structured Monoliths of Nanoporous Polymers by Additive Manufacturing” is online and OPEN ACCESS (https://doi.org/10.1002/cite.201900149).
Welcome back to Gregor Meyer who finally joined the group as PhD student. His topic is the catalytic conversion of biomass and bio-based platform chemicals.
Our new paper in Polym. Chem. on the “Grignard synthesis of fluorinated nanoporous element organic frameworks based on the heteroatoms P, B, Si, Sn and Ge” (collaboration with P. Hausoul (RWTH Aachen University) is online (https://doi.org/10.1039/C9PY01193E).
Our new paper in Beilstein J. Org. Chem. on the “Mechanochemical synthesis of hyper-crosslinked polymers: influences on their pore structure and adsorption behaviour for organic vapors” (collaboration with L. Borchardt (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) is online (http://doi.org/10.3762/bjoc.15.112).
Our new paper in ChemSusChem “Towards Sustainable Lactic Acid Production: Avoiding Gypsum as a Byproduct by using Selective Liquid‐Phase Adsorption” is online (https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201900847).
Our new paper in ChemCatChem “Pitfalls in Heterogeneous Thermal, Electro‐ and Photocatalysis” (collaboration with U. Kramm (TUDa) and R. Marschall (UNiversität Bayreuth) is online (https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201900137).
Welcome back to Hanna Kraffczyk who finally joined the group after her successful Master Thesis as PhD student. Her topic are novel porous organic framework materials for the adsorption of organic vapors for separation and adsorption heat transformation.
Welcome to Phillip Reif who joined the group as PhD student. He will work on the BMBF project “BioAromatics” on the catalytic aromatization of biomass-based platform chemicals.
Welcome to Gregor Meyer who joined the group for his Master thesis on in situ-ATR-IR spectroscopy to follow catalytic reactions.
Welcome to Isabel Moritz who joined the group as PhD student. She will work on the BMBF project “BioSorp” on the liquid phase adsorption for separation in biorefinery streams in close collaboration with RWTH Aachen University.
Welcome to Julia Kießling and Martin Bauer who joined the group for their Master Theses. They will work on the catalytic hydrogenation of sugars in a novel reactor type to improve mass transfer and on the catalytic alcohol amination in aqueous solutions.
Marco Buchmann was awarded the Poster Prize for his work on the catalytic transformation of CO2 to diethylcarbonate with bioethanol at the GDCh annual meeting of the Sustainable Chemistry division. Congratulations!
Welcome to Sebastian Hock. He joined the group as PhD student and will work 3D structured catalyst monoliths.
Congratulations to Hanna Kraffczyk. She was awarded a scholarship of the Stiftung Industrieforschung for her Masterthesis on novel materials for adsorptive heat transformation..
Welcome to Daniel Huth. He joined the group as PhD student and will work on the catalytic production of oxymethylene ethers (OME).
Our new paper in Adv. Synth. Catal. on “Unravelling the Mechanism of the Ru/C‐Catalysed Isohexide and Ether Isomerization by Hydrogen Isotope Exchange” is online (https://doi.org/10.1002/adsc.201800058).
Our new paper in Microporous Mesoporous Mater. on “Ambient temperature gas phase sulfonation: A mild route towards acid functionalized ordered mesoporous organosilica” is online (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.micromeso.2018.03.030).
Our new ChemNanoMat-Paper on “Solvent Responsive and Switchable Nanofiltration Membranes based on Hypercrosslinked Polymers with Permanent Porosity” is online (https://doi.org/10.1002/cnma.201800036).
Sara Lena Nophut joined the group as PhD student. She will develop and investigate solid molecular catalysts for gas phase reactions. Welcome!
Our new ChemCatChem-Paper on “Solid Molecular Frustrated Lewis Pairs in a Polyamine Organic Framework for the Catalytic Metal‐free Hydrogenation of Alkenes” is online (https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201701783).
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