Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated limited academic education operations, the new semester will start via the ILIAS learning management system. The following lectures will be offered digitally:
Applied Chemistry and Chemische Technik III, coordinated by Olaf Deutschmann
“Catalysis for sustainable chemicals and energies" and "Characterization in Materials Science and Catalysis", coordinated by Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt
The complete list of the lectures for the new semester is available here. Please register on the ILIAS platform during the next days if you want to participate or if you want to contribute. April 2020.
The FVV project „AdBlue Deposits“ (01/2017 - 04/2019) funded by the BMWi through the AiF investigated the interaction between injected AdBlue solution and the exhaust tract. A particular focus was on the resulting film formation and the compounds precipitating from the liquid film. In addition to experimental considerations, new models for urea decomposition, spray/wall interactions and heat transfer processes were investigated.
With the financial support from KIT we have recently started to build up a new catalyst test bench for measurements under rapid transient reaction conditions, i.e. gas mixture and temperature variations. The test bench will be used mainly for the different research projects on noble metal based catalysts within the TRACKACT Collaborative Research Center. November 2019.
The date for the next "International Symposium on Modeling of Exhaust-Gas After-Treatment" is set. MODEGAT VI will take place in Bad Herrenalb from 8-10 September 2019. Immediately following it, ICOSCAR6 (International Conference on Structured Catalysts and Reactors) will take place at the same location. Conference website. January 2018.
Deniz Zengel received the Procter & Gamble Award for the best Master's thesis 2016/2017 in chemistry at KIT. In addition, he received a scholarship from the German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU) for his thesis "Investigation of the Potential of NOx Removal near Engines under Lean Conditions: An understanding-based evaluation of current catalyst systems under realistic conditions". November 2017.
After Patrick Lott, Florian Maurer, another employee of the Exhaust Gas Center, has now been awarded the Chemical Fund Scholarship for PhD students by the German Chemical Industry Association. One of the prerequisites for the award of the scholarship is a speedy course of study with excellent academic results. September 2017.
The study "Tuning the Structure of Platinum Particles on Ceria In Situ for Enhancing the Catalytic Performance of Exhaust Gas Catalysts" by A. M. Gänzler, M. Casapu et al., published in Angewandte Chemie, presents a new catalyst concept. In the study, the size and state of the precious metal nanoparticles on the catalyst surface can be adjusted to react to external influences such as the exhaust gas composition in order to achieve an optimal result. In the future, exhaust gases could be efficiently treated and precious metals could be saved even during cold starts of engines and in city traffic. Press Release KIT 151/2017. September 2017.
The article "Transient structural and catalytic behaviour of Pt-particles probed by operando spectroscopy during a realistic driving cycle" by F. Benzi, T. Sheppard et al., which was mainly prepared at the Karlsruhe Exhaust Gas Center, was selected as a cover topic in the Catalysis Science and Technology issue 2017,7. In addition, he has been awarded by inclusion in the 2017 Catalysis Science and Technology Hot Articles collection. July 2017.