In an open and stimulating working environment we promote accomplished junior scientists, who complete formative years of their careers as student assistants, Ph.D. students, postdocs or research group heads, as e.g. in our International Max Planck Research School.
Team members from many nations are working in an interdisciplinary research environment: chemical engineers, biologists, physicists, mathematicians, control and computer engineers are cooperating closely.
Our Max Planck Institute, located in Magdeburg, is dedicated to all aspects of process systems engineering, chemical, biochemical and energy systems, that are vital to the future of well-being of human society globally. It is our aim to optimize these increasingly complex processes in modern production systems.
A specific strength of our MPI is the combination of systems-theoretical approaches with experimental validation carried out under one roof. We further develop mathematical, computational and control theoretic methods along with the various process applications investigated here.


Research for Energy Transition and Circular Economy
Researchers from the fields of materials science, electrochemistry and process engineering met in Magdeburg from September 5 to 7, 2022 for the International Symposium on "Insights into Gas Diffusion Electrodes – From Fundamentals to Industrial Applications". Current focus is on the electrochemical conversion of CO2 to CO as an important value-added product for the chemical industry.

Award-winning Bioprocess Engineers
Bioprocessing Advances in Vaccine Manufacturing

Green Chemistry: From Chemical Reaction to Process Design and Operation
Currently Published: Book on Integrated Chemical Processes in Liquid Multiphase Systems
Fundamentals of Adsorption-14, 2022
Main focus of the conference was on CO2 capture considering different gas streams
Statement of the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg on the Attack on the Ukraine
In Solidarity with the Ukrainian Citizens (updated 19 May 2022)


Researchers from the fields of materials science, electrochemistry and process engineering met in ...

Dr. Yvonne Genzel and Tilia Zinnecker, scientists of the team Upstream Processing, research group ...

The 14th International Conference “Fundamentals of Adsorption-FOA” took place in Broomfield ...


DECHEMA Colloquium "Smart Process Systems"

Nov 10, 2022 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Virtual or by presence at the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg, Room: Big Seminar Room "Prigogine"

Virtual Max Planck Colloquium: Prof. Raffaella Buonsanti, Colloidal nanocrystals to advance catalysis and energy technologies

Nov 17, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Institute Magdeburg, Room: Virtual Event via Zoom

GlycoBioTec 2023

Jan 17, 2023 09:00 AM (Local Time Germany) - Jan 19, 2023 05:00 PM
Harnack Haus Berlin

17th Science Night in Magdeburg - 3 June 2023

Jun 3, 2023 06:00 PM - 11:59 PM (Local Time Germany)
Virtual Max Planck Colloquium: Physical and Chemical Fundamentals of Process Engineering
This colloquia series with internationally leading scientists is intended to screen the research field "Physical and Chemical Fundamentals of Process Engineering" and to identify the scientific frontiers and new challenges in that field and in neighbouring research areas.
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The third edition of the GlycoBioTec has been rescheduled to January 17 - 19, 2023 at the Harnack House in Berlin. Registration will open in summer 2022.

Best conditions for excellence in research
The Max Planck Institute in Magdeburg offers a variety of opportunities for professional development, personal and professional further education.

Latest Publications

Cherifi, K.; Goyal, P. K.; Benner, P.: A Greedy Data Collection Scheme For Linear Dynamical Systems. Data-Centric Engineering 3, e16 (2022)
Sanchez Medina, E. I.; Linke, S.; Stoll, M.; Sundmacher, K.: Graph neural networks for the prediction of infinite dilution activity coefficients. Digital Discovery 1 (3), pp. 216 - 225 (2022)

Tan, Q.; Hosseini, S. A.; Seidel-Morgenstern, A.; Thévenin, D.; Lorenz, H.: Modeling ice crystal growth using the lattice Boltzmann method. Physics of Fluids 34, 013311 (2022)
Mahour, R.; Lee, J. W.; Grimpe, P.; Boecker, S.; Grote, V.; Klamt, S.; Seidel-Morgenstern, A.; Rexer, T.; Reichl, U.: Cell‐free multi‐enzyme synthesis and purification of uridine diphosphate galactose. ChemBioChem 23 (2), e202100361 (2022)

Jameel, F.; Stein, M.: The many roles of solvent in homogeneous catalysis - The reductive amination showcase. Journal of Catalysis 405, pp. 24 - 34 (2022)
Beattie, C.; Benner, P.; Embree, M.; Gugercin, S.; Lefteriu, S. (Eds.): Realization and Model Reduction of Dynamical Systems. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2022), XIX, 460 pp.

Rand, U.; Kupke, S. Y.; Shkarlet, H.; Hein, M. D.; Hirsch, T.; Marichal-Gallardo, P.; Cicin-Sain, L.; Reichl, U.; Bruder, D.: Antiviral Activity of Influenza A Virus Defective Interfering Particles against SARS-CoV-2 Replication In Vitro through Stimulation of Innate Immunity. Cells 10 (7), 1756 (2021)
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