Research on novel chemical technologies for sustainable products, industrial processes, clean transportation, and reliable energy supply

The current research projects of the Deutschmann group focus on the reduction of emissions from greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) and local pollutants (NOx, particulate matter etc.) from processes in chemical industry, traffic, transportation, and energy-intensive industries as well as on the reliable supply of energy and raw materials by the development of novel and optimization of existing chemical technologies.


We use advanced experimental and theoretical methods to study the kinetics of catalytic and electrochemical reactions and their interactions with mass and heat transport in chemical reactors, emission control devices, fuel and electrolysis cells. A special emphasis is given on the development of mathematical models and computer codes (DETCHEM and CaRMeN) for the numerical simulation of technical devices and processes.



High-temperature catalysis

high-temperature catalysis

Synthesis gas by catalytic partial oxidation of methane
Partial oxidation of light alkanes to olefins
Formation of oxygenates by partial oxidation of alkanes
Conversion of ethanol to hydrogen  
Conversion of gasoline and diesel to hydrogen  
Conversion of kerosene to hydrogen  
Dry reforming of methane  

Control of pollutant emissions


emission control




Three-way catalytic converter
Lean NOx trap
Diesel oxidation catalysts
Aging of automotive catalysts
Urea-SCR catalysts  
Modeling of AdBlue decomposition  
AdBlue Deposits  

Multi-functional conversion of chemicals and energy


Spray/Wall-Interaction in Urea-SCR systems

Experimental studies of multiphase chemical reactions in exhaust

aftertreatment systems

Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol under Dynamic Reaction Conditions: A Novel Concept for Carbon Capture and Utilization

Laser diagnostics for catalytic reaction  




Optical diagnostics in combustion
Catalytic combustion research for gas turbine application

Catalytic radiant burner with energy recuperation


Materials synthesis



Carbon nanotubes
Pyrolytic carbon

Materials World Network: Carbon-carbon composites 


Solid oxide fuel and solid oxide electrolysis cells




Solid oxide fuel and solid oxide electrolysis cells

Modeling direct internal reforming in anode-supported cells
Modeling transients in SOFC stacks



Multi-phase flow

Scale-resolving simulation of reactive two-phase flows in monolith and solid foam reactors

Hydrodynamics and mass transfer in Taylor flow
Turbulence modeling of bubbly two-phase flows

Computational tools


Detailed Chemistry models in CFD with DETCHEM

Multi-Phase Flow with TURBIT-VOF
Monte-Carlo-simulation of catalytic reactions with MoCKa
Optimization of reactive systems
Simulation of stagnation flow reactors with DETCHEMSTAG  

Reaction mechanisms

reaction mechanisms

Reaction mechanisms

Catalytic conversion over platinum
Catalytic conversion over rhodium
Catalytic conversion over nickel  

Laboratories and Equipment

Exhaust-Gas Center (Abgaszentrum) Karlsruhe  
Catalysis at High Temperature Laser Environment (CATHLEN)  
Optical Diagnostics  
Spacial Profiles in monolithic catalysts (SpaciPro)  
High-temperature catalysis reactors (CPOX-I, -II)  
Stagnation Flow Reactor  
Computer cluster