Nicolaus Dahmen

Prof. Dr. Nicolaus Dahmen

  • Institut fuer Katalyseforschung und -technologie (IKFT)
    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Personal details

Nicolaus Dahmen studied chemistry at the Ruhr University Bochum. After receiving his Ph.D. in mixed phase thermodynamics in 1992, he moved to the Karlsruhe Research Center (now KIT), where he built up a working group on the application of high pressure processes for chemical reactions and new separation techniques. From 2000 he took over this and other working groups as a head of division for high-pressure process technology. In 2005, he participated in project management for the construction of the bioliq® pilot plant for the production of synthetic fuels from biomass and the research department for thermochemical biomass conversion at the todays Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology. In 2010, he habilitated in the field of process development using supercritical fluids at the University of Heidelberg, Chair of Technical Chemistry. In 2014 he was appointed Leading Scientist at KIT with a Professorship of Conversion of Renewable Resources.



  • UNIDO Blue Sky Award (2006)
  • Silberurkunde des Innovationspreises der Deutschen Wirtschaft (2008)


  • Since 2018: Lecture and exercise on Conversion of Renewable Resources within the specialization course on Conversion of Renewable Resources for Material Use at KIT and in cooperation with Hohenheim University
  • Since 2016: Lecture on Reaction Engineering of Renewable Recourses at Hohenheim Universityg
  • 008-2018: Elective course on Technical Chemistry at Heidelberg University comprising two lectures (Unit operations & Reaction engineering), excursions and practical course
  • Since 2008: Lecture Energy from biomass within the International Energy Technology Master course


  • Refuels, Advanced fuels re-considered, 1 academic and 14 partners from industry including Daimler, Bosch, Porsche, Mahle, EnBW and others, Own role: coordination of one of the three clusters, started in 01/2019
  • ValProWa, Valorization of process waters from thermochemical biomass conversion by Fermentation, Own role: coodinator, started 11/2018
  • AMBITION (Advanced Biofuel production with energy system integration), EU ECRIA project in Horizon 2020, 8 partners, Own role: Work package leader, started in 2016
  • BRISK 2 (Biofuels research infrastructure), EU project, 15 partners, Own role: Work package leader, started in 2017


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