Welcome to the Deutschmann research group!
We work on environmental and climate friendly novel chemical technologies. Our current research projects focus on the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) and local pollutants (NOx, particulate matter etc.) from processes in chemical industry, traffic, transportation, and the energy sector. Aside from developing advanced experimental tools for a better understanding of chemical reactors, we give a special emphasis on mathematical modeling and numerical simulation of technical processes.
In catalysis research, we are closely linked to the IKFT and the Grunwaldt group. Our joint work on emission control is part of the Exhaust Gas Center Karlsruhe. In the ENERMAT laboratory, we study fuel and electrolysis cells. Within the CRC/TRR150 we collaborate with TU Darmstadt on reactive flows.
The Deutschmann research group is part of the Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) and belongs to both the Faculty of Chemistry and Biosciences and the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering within Division I at KIT.
A group of more than fifty German scientists and engineers in the field of chemically reactive flows and energy process engineering published a position paper on the energy system transformation (Energiewende). 8.7.2020
Today, the Federal Government and the States of Germany (Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, GWK) have selected the NFDI4Cat initiative (National Research Data Infrastructure for for Catalysis-Related Sciences) as one of nine initiatives to be funded on the basis of a funding recommendation by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Three Professors from ITCP at KIT have contributed to this success: Olaf Deutschmann (Co-Speaker of NFDI4Cat), Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, and Felix Studt. 26.06.2020
The Exhaust-Gas Center Karlsruhe found that toxic hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is formed over SCR catalysts used in climate-friendly natural gas engines. More information: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 10.1002/anie.202003670. 30.04.2020
Dr. Aayan Banerjee, PhD student in our group from 2014 to 2018, now at Imperial College, London, has accepted a faculty position as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW) at the University of Twente, where he will work in the ”Process and Catalysis Engineering” cluster.14.05.2020
Joint study on emission control of methane and formaldehyde from gasoline, diesel and natural gas engines published by the Fuels, Engine and Emissions Research Center (FEERC), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), USA, and the Exhaust-Gas Center Karlsruhe, ITCP (KIT) in Appl. Catal. B: Env. 15.01.2020.
The FVV project „AdBlue Deposits“ investigated the interaction of AdBlue sprays with hot tail pipe walls, the resulting wall film formation and the precipitation of solid deposits from liquid film. Besides experimental investigations, new models for urea decomposition, spray/wall interaction, heat transfer and an approach to substantially speed-up 3D-CFD simulations were developed. The work was supported from 01/2017 – 04/2019 by BMWi through the AiF based on a decision by the German Bundestag. 13.01.2020