Our research focus is on the investigation of novel multifunctional catalysts and heterogeneous catalyzed processes for the efficient conversion of biomass-based feedstocks for the sustainable production of valuable chemical materials.
The current society has to respond to a steadily increasing demand of synthetic products and transportation fuels on the one hand and the shortage of fossil and mineral raw materials as well as their decreasing quality on the other hand. Therefore, renewable feedstocks have recently gained considerable interest as raw materials. Due to the significant differences between biomass and fossil resources, well-established utilization pathways are not suitable for biomass valorization. The development of novel, efficient catalysts and catalytic processes constitutes a key factor for achieving a sustainable valorization of biomass. Additionally, separations techniques within these processes are investigated. In this respect the workgroup focuses on the rational design of multifunctional catalysts and heterogeneously catalyzed processes for the valorization of biomass to sustainable value added products with special focus on the synthesis of epoxides from plant oil-based fatty acids, the conversion of products from the thermal treatment of biomass to alkenes, photocatalytic water splitting as well as the chromatographic separation of carbohydrates using zeolites.
F. Schmutzler, C. Zschiesche, J. Titus, D. Poppitz, J. Freiding, R. Rakoczy, A. Reitzmann, R. Gläser
Hydroisomerization of Renewable and Fossil n‐Alkanes over Bifunctional Dealuminated ZSM‐5 Catalysts
Chem. Ing. Tech. (2021)