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Welcome to the chemical reaction engineering group

Prof. R. Schomäcker [1]
Current Projects
Scientific Staff [3]
Lupe [4]

Our objectives

Our research groups develop sustainable chemical processes for the production of chemicals and fuels applying the principles of Green Chemistry1,2. We investigate catalysts for energy and resource-efficient conversions of renewable and sustainable raw materials with single and multiple functionalities. For their optimal utilization, we develop multi-phase systems that enable a high performance and efficient recycling of the catalyst. In reaction engineering, we are experienced with fixed bed reactors, membrane reactors, and microreactors as well as chemical looping for gas-phase and high-pressure reactors for liquid-gas reactions. For many projects, the development on the laboratory scale is accompanied by a techno-economic assessment (TEA) to guide through the projects and provide training for the scientists in decision-making in industrial research and development. Our research is embedded in several national and international interdisciplinary projects funded by the EU, DFG, BMBF, and industry.

Our tools and methods

·       Parallel reactors for screening

·       Single tube reactors for kinetic studies

·       TPR, TPD, and TPSR 

·       SSITKA and pulse reactors

·       High-pressure reactors

·       Photoreactors for liquid and gas phase

·       Kinetic modeling in Madonna, Chemkin, Presto und Aspen

Reactions of special interest are currently

·       Selective oxidation of small hydrocarbons

·       CO2 conversion to chemicals and fuels

·       Hydrogen production by photocatalytic water splitting

·       Different tandem reactions for fine chemicals



1 Anastas, Paul T., and John Charles Warner. "Green chemistry." Frontiers 640 (1998).

2 https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/greenchemistry/principles/12-principles-of-green-chemistry.html [5] (accessed 06.04.2020)



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