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17.11.2017The article Production of oxymethylene dimethyl ether (OME)-hydrocarbon fuel blends in a one-step synthesis/extraction procedure is now available online at #!authors.elsevier.com/c/1V-Dd3iH40KXD##ELSEVIER##.
27.10.2017A theoretical investigation of the initiation of the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process identifies the formation of CO from methanol/DME and its further reaction in C-C coupling reactions as the most relevant of the studied mechanism. The full reaction mechanism from methanol to propylene is studied using DFT and additional corrections from ab initio calculations. The investigation also shows that a kinetic model of the autocatalytic reaction that follows initiation is essential to judge whether or not a mechanism is realistic. [Plessow, P. N.; Studt, F. ACS Catal. 2017]
19.09.2017Catalysis Science & Technology - Cover Article. Pt-based diesel oxidation catalysts were exposed to rapid transient temperature conditions based on a realistic driving cycle. A microreactor setup was used for rapid heating/cooling coupled to operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy and on-line mass spectrometry. Major differences in catalyst structure and performance were observed under transient conditions compared to model studies. Benzi, F.; Sheppard, T.L.; Doronkin, D.E.; Meira, D.M.; Gänzler, A.M.; Baier, S.; Grunwaldt, J.-D. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2017, 7, 3999-4006.
18.08.2017On 20. and 21. September 2017 a two day workshop dedicated to the inauguration of KIT´s new beamline for catalysis and actinide research (CAT-ACT) will take place in the ANKA seminar room (KIT Campus North, building 348, 1st floor, west entrance). CAT-ACT is jointly operated by the KIT institutes INE (for radionuclide science) and IKFT/ITCP (for catalysis research). The workshop will highlight research activities and access possibilities at CAT-ACT and particularly cover the following topics: Introduction to CAT-ACT and lab infrastructure, overview and highlight talks on XAS in Catalysis and Actinide research, involved KIT/HGF research programs, KIT in-house research activities and projects with cooperation partners, and future research perspectives. Preceding the workshop a two days training course providing an overview on XAFS methods, theory and data analysis will be offered. Registration deadline is 1 September 2017. Further information at http://www.ine.kit.edu/87_1254.php
07.08.2017The EU project ‘Brisk – Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge’ has returned for 2017. BRISK2 will fund researchers to carry out training research and this time IKFT participates by offering three pilot plant facilities: fast pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and hydrodeoxygenation of bio-oil. Calls to apply for projects will open twice a year until 2021. More details are available here: http://www.brisk2.eu/
06.07.2017Cutting-edge synchrotron X-ray tomography was applied to image catalysts at work. The structure of a core@shell catalyst for direct synthesis of dimethyl ether (DME) was detailed in 3D, in situ and simultaneously by X-ray diffraction, fluorescence and absorption tomography; revealing important information about catalyst structure and function which is unavailable using conventional methods. Sheppard, T.L.; Price, S.W.T.; Benzi, F.; Baier, S.; Klumpp, M.; Dittmeyer, R.; Schwieger, W.; Grunwaldt, J.-D. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 7855-7863.
30.06.2017The DFG establishes the priority program “Catalysts and Reactors under Dynamic Operation Conditions for Energy Storage and Conversion” (SPP 2080). Coordinator of the SPP 2080 is Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt. Project outlines can still be submitted until the 10th of September 2017, the deadline for full proposals is the 8th of January 2018. Links: call for proposals, homepage SPP2080
28.06.2017The „Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Kraftfahrzeug- und Motorentechnik (WKM)“ has published a statement concerning the future of the internal combustion engine. 25 experts of the WKM, Prof. Gauterin and Prof. Koch from KIT among them, gave insides based on scientific facts on the measurement technologies for off-gas-composition of automobiles and the environmental impact of emissions of internal combustion engines.
22.06.2017The doctoral students of IKFT and IMVT were present with a joint stand at the annual summer festival of the Fachschaft MACH/CIW at Campus South. The selection of drinks (Gin Tonic and Cider) was well received by the guests and the staff and contributed to a completely successful evening.
21.06.2017Oxymethylene dimethyl ethers (OMEs) are investigated at IKFT as promising fuel additives that are accessible from renewable resources. A recent computational study from theory and model systems investigated the mechanism for the synthesis of OMEs from trioxane and dimethoxymethane. The results explain the observed experimental selectivity that initially favors OME4 and is eventually controlled thermodynamically. [Goncalves, T. J.; Arnold, U.; Plessow, P. N.; Studt, F. ACS Catalysis 2017, 7, 3615–3621.]
17.05.2017An Interview with Prof. Jörg Sauer was broadcasted as part of a program about Diesel fuels and oxymethylene dimethyl ethers on Deutschlandfunk.
17.05.2017Congratulations to Dorian Oestreich, who has passed his PhD exam on 04/07/2017. In his PhD thesis ‘Prozessentwicklung zur Gewinnung von Oxymethylenethern (OME) aus Methanol und Formaldehyd’ he has developed a new synthesis route for the production of fuels from renewable resources. His work is also documented in several publications and patents. Dissertation Dorian Oestreich.
17.05.2017The computational prediction of the rotational spectrum of the CaH+ molecular ion, taking into account coupling with the 1H nuclear spin and external magnetic fields, has contributed to the realization of ground-braking experiments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Single molecules have been prepared in pure quantum states and were subsequently manipulated. [Chou, C.-W.; Kurz, C.; Hume, D. B.; Plessow, P. N.; Leibrandt, D. R.; Leibfried, D. Nature 2017, 545, 203–207.]

Events

13.11.201714:00 Lecture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Viktoria Rohde, IKFT/Fraunhofer ICT
Optimierung eines Organosolv-Aufschlusses, Ligninfraktionierung und Generierung polyfunktioneller Intermediate
06.11.201714:00 Lecture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Aayan Banerjee, IKFT
Elementary kinetics of O2 reduction on LSM-YSZ composite electrodes
23.10.201714:00 Lecture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Dr Peter Schulz, Institut für Chemische Reaktionstechnik, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Ionic Liquids - innovative functional material
09.10.201714:00 Lecture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Dr Sebastian Kunz, Institute of Applied and Physical Chemistry (IAPC), Universität Bremen
Ligands on Nanoparticles – Combining the Benefits of Homo- and Heterogeneous Catalysis
21.08.201714:00, Lecture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Philipp Haltenort, IKFT
From DME to OME: Reactive system studies on the synthesis of oxymethylene ethers
31.07.201714:00, Lecture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Prof. Susan Karb, Federal University of Parana/Brazil
Recent projects with Bioeconomy approaches at the Federal University of Parana, Brazil
25.07.201714:00, Lecture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Dr. Dorit Wolf und Dr. Stefan Wieland, Evonik
Chemical Catalysts by Evonik: Design and Applications
20.07.2017Prof. Dr. Felix Studt will give a lecture (Antrittsvorlesung) on the topic „Applying Computational Catalysis to Advance Renewable Energy Solutions“ at 17.30 in neuer Hörsaal Chemie, Engesserstrasse 15, G.30.46.
17.07.201714:00, Lekture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Daniele Fabbri, Universita de Bologna
Disentangling the molecular complexity of crude and upgraded bio-oil
03.07.201714:00, Lekture (B727 Kolloquiumsraum):
Prof Ulrich Schurr, Forschungszentrum Jülich
„Sustainable Bioeconomy – Chances and Challenges“.
Prof. Schurr is an internationally renowned expert in Bioeconomy and Plant Sciences, he is the scientific Coordinator of the “Cross-Programme Initiative: Sustainable Bioeconomy”