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 we collaborate with TU Darmstadt on reactive flows.
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
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
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.
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
The DFG funds a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1441) “Tracking the Active Site in Heterogeneous Catalysis for Emission Control” (TrackAct) for the understanding of catalytic processes. The vision of TrackAct is to design noble metal catalysts with atomic precision and to monitor and control the active site in the reactor and the technical application. Sofia Angeli and Olaf Deutschmann are among the 23 principal investigators of this new CRC. 02.12.2020.
Dr.-Ing. Marion Börnhorst, senior scientist in the Deutschmann group, was selected by KIT's internal selection committee for this year's dissertation award of the Friedrich and Elisabeth Boysen Foundation. Currently, she is head of the research group "Multiphase Processes and Reactors" with five PhD students and is working towards her habilitation. 25.11.2020