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.

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.

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 and the CRC 1441 TrackAct. In the ENERMAT laboratory, we study fuel and electrolysis cells. Within the CRC/TRR150 and Clean Circles, we collaborate with TU Darmstadt on reactive flowsand carbon-free chemical energy carriers, respectively.


Cleaning NOx emissions from hydrogen enginesBorchers, Keller, Lott, Deutschmann
Cleaning NOx emissions from hydrogen engines

Climate-friendly hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines still produce NOx emissions because H2 is oxidized using air. The recent efforts of Borchers, K. Keller, P. Lott  to clean these NOx emissions from H2-engines by the elegant way of direct H2-SCR are now published in Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.. Collaborating with many engine manufacturers and supplier industry we will continue to support the development of novel technologies for clean transportation vehicles. 12.05.2021

MethQuest in Bundesbericht EnergieforschungMethQuest
MethQuest mentioned in Bundesbericht Energieforschung 2021

Germany’s Economics Minister Peter Altmaier presented the Federal Energy Research Report 2021 to the federal cabinet, in which the MethQuest project is mentioned in the chapter Interfaces of energy research to mobility and transport (p. 28). In this successful project, our group (Lukas Wehrle et al.) together with EIfER are responsible for developing  solid oxide electrolysis cells for hydrogen production. 06.05.2021

CO2 emissions from steel industry reducedAngeli, Gossler, Lichtenberg et al.
CO2 emissions from steel industry reduced

Together with Paul Wurth SA, Luxembourg, we developed a novel process to reform the greenhouse gases CO2 and CH4 from steel industry into valuable hydrogen. The proof-of-concept was successfully shown, S. Angeli, S. Gossler, S. Lichtenberg et al. in Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., using our recently established high-temperature-high-pressure lab reactor and detailed numerical simulations with DETCHEM and CaRMeN. Now, the concept is about to be transferred  into an industrial technology; carrier options. 05.05.2021

Microkinetics of methanation over NiD. Schmider, L. Maier, O. Deutschmann
Microkinetics of methanation over Ni established

A thermodynamically consistent microkinetic model of methanation, a key process in Power-to-Gas technologies, has been developed by Daniel Schmider and Luba Maier published in Ind. & Eng. Chem. Res. The mechanism features multiple paths for the conversion of both CO and CO2 with H2 to CH4 over Ni-based catalysts, including a carbide pathway and the direct hydrogenation of CO2. 28.04.2021

Save the new date: MODEGAT VII postponed

The next international symposium on Modeling of Exhaust-Gas After-Treatment (MODEGAT) will be held in 2022. The organizers believe that the interactive and collaborative spirit of MODEGAT is best created through face-to-face contact and have therefore decided against a virtual format. MODEGAT VII will take place September 11-13, 2022, in Bad Herrenalb/Karlsruhe, Germany. For updates regarding a call for abstracts, registration, and more visit the conference website www.modegat.org. January 2021.

Patrick Lott receives VAA Excellence Award 2020VAA – Führungskräfte Chemie/Maria Schulz
Excellence Award of the VAA Foundation for Patrick Lott

Deutschmann group Senior Scientist Dr. Patrick Lott received the Excellence Award of the VAA Foundation during a small, festive ceremony in Cologne. The prize, which is endowed with € 5,000, is awarded once a year in recognition of outstanding dissertations with industrial application relevance. 09.12.2020

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Prof. Dr. Olaf Deutschmann

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