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Jörg Sauer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Sauer

Head of Institute – Spokesperson
Campus North, Building 727, Room 112
phone: +49 721 608-22400
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Institut fuer Katalyseforschung und -technologie (IKFT)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Personal details

Jörg Sauer studied Chemical Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Subsequent to his graduation he went to the University of Karlsruhe (TH), now KIT, and earned his PhD on Chemical Engineering in the group of Gerhard Emig.  He started his industrial career at Degussa AG in Hanau. He had different managerial positions at Degussa, later Evonik Industries AG, in Hanau (Germany), Mobile / Alabama (USA) and Marl (Germany) in the areas of research & development, production and process technology & engineering. As his last position at Evonik he served as head of the department Chemical Reaction Technology before he was appointed as full professor of Process Technology and Catalysis as well as head of the Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology in 2012.
His scientific research includes, among others: Chemical reaction engineering; scale-up of catalytic and thermochemical conversions; catalyst manufacturing; applied catalysis in the field of renewable derived fuels and last but not least technologies for circular carbon economy.

Further Appointments & Memberships

  • Head of the Department „Reactions, Materials and Process Development“ at IKFT
  • Member of the KIT-Senate
  • Member of the Helmholtz Research School “Energy Related Catalysis”
  • Deputy Chairman of the subject division Reaction Engineering of ProcessNet
  • Member of the advisory board of the subject group „Verfahrenstechnische Anlagen“ of the Association of German Engineers and Head of the subject group Process Technology and Chemical Engineering (VDI-GVC)


  • Since 2013: Lecture and exercise on “Conversion of renewable Resources” within the specialization course on “Conversion of renewable Resources” for Material Use at KIT together with M.Sc. Stephan Wild
  • Since 2018: Dr. Neumann / Evonik as lecturer: „Innovation management for products and processes of the chemical industry“


  • BMBF-project NAMOSYN (spokesperson of the research cluster FC1B)
  • KIT Spokesperson of the bioliq®-Project
  • Spokesperson of the Helmholtz topic “Bioenergy”


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