Frederico G. Fonseca

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

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Frederico G. Fonseca completed his Master’s in Chemical Engineering at Lisbon Tech (IST-ULisbon) in 2015 and obtained his doctoral degree at KIT in 2023. Since 2015 he is active in modeling pyrolysis using commercial flowsheeting software (Aspen Plus™). The biggest focuses are heat and mass balances, degradation product characterization and modeling, reaction modeling and kinetics, liquid-vapor modeling and thermophysical property estimation.


Activities and grants:

  • 2019: Research project at the King Monghut Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL, Bangkok, Thailand) focused on the online estimation of solid feedstock properties using near infrared spectroscopy
  • 2023: Research project at the University of Twente (Enschede, Netherlands) focused on the determination of liquid-vapor equilibrium parameters for the mixture levoglucosan-water
  • International collaborations (Portugal, Spain, Brazil, UK, Thailand)



Key topics:

  • Aspen Plus™ modeling
  • Thermogravimetry for evaluation of biogenic solid carbon-rich materials
  • Development of surrogate mixtures for the modeling of biomass pyrolysis
  • Analysis and development of reaction networks for the modeling of biomass pyrolysis
  • Estimation of thermophysical properties for bio-oil constituents
  • Development of a predictive statistical model for possible future online estimation of relevant feedstock parameters