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Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)

Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT)
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Jörg Sauer

Prof. Dr-Ing. Jörg Sauer

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Head of Institute
Felix Studt

Prof. Dr. Felix Studt

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Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)

The Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology was founded 2011. Its mission is to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied research and the development of new technologies and products in the field of catalysis and process technology of catalyzed processes. The focus of our work is the sustainable utilization of alternative feedstocks and their conversion into energy carriers intermediates. This includes the development of new catalytic systems based on a fundamental understanding of processes on a molecular level.



A new issue of the PyNe newsletter from IEA Bioenergy Task 34 “Direct Thermochemical Liquefaction” has been published and can be accessed herer. It covers the first Task 34 meeting of the current triennium 2019-2021 that took place at IKFT/ KIT, an introduction to the new task members and outlook for the work plans of the next three years. Co-processing of bio-oils in existing refineries will definitely be an issue in Task 34, which is also reflected in the scientific oriented contributions in this newsletter.
The project NAMOSYN – Sustainable Mobility by Synthetic Fuels – has started.
Within the project NAMOSYN, which is funded by BMBF (funding around 20 million EUR) and coordinated by DECHEMA, synthetic fuels are developed for both, spark-ignition and diesel engines. The work is carried out by an interdisciplinary consortium comprising 37 partners and ranges from chemical synthesis to engine combustion. Thus, the complete value-added chain is considered and evaluated. The main objectives are a climate-neutral and sustainable strategy for liquid fuels together with a complete elimination of harmful emissions. In the research cluster 1B, which is coordinated by IKFT, alternative diesel fuels, the so-called oxymethylene ethers (OME), are investigated. These can be produced from renewable resources/energies and exhibit a clean combustion with drastically reduced soot and NOx emissions.
The main objective of cluster 1B is an efficient procedure for OME production which can be easily operated on industrial scale.
For further information see www.namosyn.de
During his visit at KIT on the fourth of July, the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Research was informed about the latest developments of the bioliq project and related work on renewable fuels of partners in industry, universities and other research institutions.
The initiation of the methanol-to-olefins (MTO) process was investigated using a multiscale modeling approach where more than 100 ab-initio computed (MP2:DFT) rate constants for H-SSZ-13 are used in a batch reactor model. The simulations unravel the dominant initiation pathway for H-SSZ-13: Dehydrogenation of methanol to CO is followed by CO-methylation leading to the formation of the first C-C bond in methyl acetate despite high barriers of >200 kJ/mol. Our multiscale approach is able to shed light on the reaction sequence that ultimately leads to olefin formation and strikingly demonstrates that only with a full reactor model that includes autocatalysis with olefins as co-catalysts one is able to understand the initiation mechanism on the atomic scale. [Plessow, P. N.; Smith A.; Tischer, S.; Studt, F. J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP]