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 institute receives basic funding from the Helmholtz Association's program-oriented funding, largely in the Energy research field in the program Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition.


chemical Engineering Research and Design
Paper on turbulence modeling in bubble columns featured on front cover of “Chemical Engineering Research and Design”

Computational Fluid Dynamics is a promising approach to support the design of industrial bubble columns operated at elevated pressures and temperatures. Nowadays such computations are often limited to lab-scale bubble columns and aqueous liquids at ambient conditions. Of special importance is reliable modeling of turbulence, which differs from that in single-phase flows. In a recent paper, Erdogan et al. present a systematic framework for the development of improved statistical turbulence models for bubble-driven liquid flows at technically relevant conditions. It combines scale-resolved (direct) simulations of swarms of millimeter-sized bubbles with scale-reduced simulations of an industrial pilot-scale bubble column, where numerical results for organic systems under elevated pressure are compared with measurements reported in literature.

Portrait of Karla Herrera Delgado in the Helmholtz program MTET

"A Catalyzing Woman"


Dr Karla Herrera Delgado works on energy-based fuels and chemicals derived from CO2 and renewable electricity.

Graduate School ENZo
Graduate School ENZo

The new ENZo Graduate School has set itself the goal of providing the next generation of researchers with the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and the tools to work on application-oriented projects that can make a visible contribution to the transformation of the energy system.
Future researchers are characterised not only by their desire to understand how developments and technologies can be embedded in the overall context of the energy system, but also by their desire to contribute to its sustainable design.
Embedded in the diverse technological and scientific opportunities at the KIT Energy Center, ENZo creates a unique development environment for PhD students.



IKFT Seminar: Monday, 24th of January 2022, at 14.00

Production of oxymethylene ether (OME) as a renewable diesel fuel in a water-free liquid phase process

Drexler Marius (Phd student)