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Jörg Sauer
Head of Institute - Speaker
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Sauer

Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Phone: +49 721 608-22401
Fax: +49 721 608-22244
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Felix Studt
Head of Institute
Prof. Dr. Felix Studt

Institute of Catalysis Research and Technologie (IKFT)

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Phone: +49 721 608-28663
Fax: +49 721 608-22244
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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.



29.04.20192 pm Lecture (B727 seminar room):
Dr. Michael Klumpp , IKFT / IMVT
„Katalytisch aktive Schichten - Forschungsaktivitäten der Gruppe CCT“


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]
Dr.-Ing. Axel Funke from IKFT has become task leader of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 34 ‚Direct Thermochemical Liquefaction (DTL)‘ starting from 01.01.2019. This task lead – together with the new lead of Task 40 – is the first within IEA Bioenergy ever to be in Germany. IEA Task 34 consists of representatives from research institutes and industry to foster a reasonable implementation of DTL technology. Market entry of fast pyrolysis bio-oil was already significantly supported by the task, e.g. by developing reproducible analytical methods that serve as basis for ASTM and EN standards. This important work will continue and extended to new product applications and processes. task34.ieabioenergy.com
On February 22, our former director Professor Dr. Eckhard Dinjus celebrates his 75th birthday. From 1996 to 2010, Professor Dinjus was head of the Institute of Technical Chemistry / Department of Chemical Physical Processes, combined with a professorship for Technical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg, and since 2011 founding director of the IKFT. His work is mainly linked to the investigation of carbon dioxide as a chemical building block, the use of supercritical fluids for chemical-technical processes and the construction of the bioliq® pilot plant. Professor. Dinjus officially retired in 2012, but still committed himself to science and supervised doctoral theses until their completion. He has always remained closely associated with the Institute. The IKFT staff wishes Professor Dinjus all the best, health, happiness and personal prosperity on this day of honour.