Topics

Batteries and fuel cells

Batteries and fuel cells

From synthesis of catalyst and intercalation materials to fabrication and tests of electrodes for fuel cells (H2PEM, DMFC, SOFC) and batteries (metal/air as well as metal-ion)

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Metabolic engineering of microorganisms for the production of bulk, fine, and specialty chemicals such as flavour and fragrance compounds, terpenoids, and of biofuels. Bioelectrochemistry (biocatalysis with oxygenases plus electrochemistry), bioprocess engineering with in situ product removal.

Electrochemistry

Electrochemistry

From fundamental research to reaction engineering. The focus is on water treatment (examples are elimination of micro pollutants and closed circuits of process water), electrosynthesis, and redox-flow batteries.

Chemical Technology

Chemical Technology

From catalysis via reaction engineering, continuous process design, and all aspects of the industrialization of chemical and biotechnological reactions to the respective required materials

Synthesis

Synthesis

From the improvement of efficiency and sustainability of existing synthesis processes via the development of completely new reaction pathways to the combined use of biotechnological and chemical methods for the preparation of specialties and fragrances

Catalysis

Catalysis

From understanding the reaction mechanisms via the development and optimization of catalyst materials for heterogeneous, photo- and electrocatalysis as well as enzymes to their combined application in hybrid processes

Water and wastewater

Water and wastewater

Water softening, processing of industrial water, and extraction of micropollutants

Resources and recycling

Resources and recycling

From developing new segregation technologies for primary and secondary resources to producing substitutes for critical raw materials

Corrosion and corrosion protection

Corrosion and corrosion protection

From corrosion investigation and modelling with mechanistic approach via new corrosion protection concepts based on nanoparticles or biopolymers up to continuing education in corrosion, corrosion protection, biocorrosion, and materials selection

High temperature corrosion

High temperature corrosion

Experiments in extreme, aggressive high temperature environments (e.g. in presence of chlorine, sulphur, bromine, vanadium, carbon compounds). Typically attacks via oxidation, nitration, sulphidation, hot corrosion, or metal dusting. Analysis of corrosion products and of underlying mechanisms. Development of lifetime models and materials solutions.

Materials and coatings

Materials and coatings

Development of coatings, especially protective diffusion coatings via slurry and pack cementation for operation at high temperatures. The area of aqueous corrosion includes developing and analyzing sol-gel coatings and nanoparticle coatings. The effect of aggressive exposure conditions on materials surfaces and microstructures is studied in order to develop optimised materials solutions for applications.

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