The utilization of sustainable feedstocks for the production of valuable chemical products is an essential component of the world-wide efforts to reduce the consumption of fossil resources. The working group focuses on different research topics ranging from catalyst to process development. Main topics are the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and the application of novel ceramic support structures for this process.
The necessary synthesis gas can be produced on several pathways. The reforming of biogas as well as the co-electrolysis of H2O and CO2 in a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) are focused. The application of process simulation software allows the design of Fischer-Tropsch-based process concepts and forms the basis for the realization of small-scale pilot plants.
- Development and application of novel catalysts and support structures
- Design, manufacturing and test of process components
- Model-based process design
- Demonstration of process concepts including instrumentation and automation
- Lab plants for Fischer-Tropsch catalyst and reactor tests
- Product (GC/FID, GC/MS) and catalyst characterization