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 since 2016
- Member of the Helmholtz Research School “Energy Related Catalysis”
- Chairman of the subject division Reaction Engineering of ProcessNet
- Deputy Chairman of the Association of Process Technology and Chemical Engineering within the Association of German Engineers (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)
- Spokesperson of the Helmholtz topic “Bioenergy”