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Jörg Sauer
Head of institute
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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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.



The 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.
Oxymethylene 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.]
An Interview with Prof. Jörg Sauer was broadcasted as part of a program about Diesel fuels and oxymethylene dimethyl ethers on Deutschlandfunk.
Congratulations 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.
The 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.]