Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher
Phone: +49 391 6110-351
Fax: +49 391 6110-353
Room: N. 309
Links: Publications

Team Leaders

Dr. Techn. Liisa Rihko-Struckmann
Dr. Techn. Liisa Rihko-Struckmann
Phone: +49 391 6110 318
Room: N. 316
Links: CV
Dr.-Ing. Tanja Vidaković-Koch
Dr.-Ing. Tanja Vidaković-Koch
Phone:+49 391 6754630
Dr. Georgios Papakonstantinou
Phone: +49 391 67 54635
Room: G25 - R318

Completed Projects

Energy Conversion Systems

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Energy Conversion Systems

The research area Energy Conversion Systems comprises three projects which are all aiming at a better understanding of how to make use of renewable energy for chemicals production and transportation. It is our mission to provide information on how to enable the shift towards a more sustainable production of a wide variety of chemicals.

In the Project "DynElectro" we investigate the dynamics of water electrolysis processes and try to elucidate the underlying reaction, transport and degradation processes at different time and length scales, by coupling experimental and modeling approaches. Thereby, we have strong interactions with the Max Planck ResearchNetwork MaxNet Energy in which we collaborate with national and international top experts in catalysis (Prof. Schlögl, MPI CEC; Prof. Hutchings, U Cardiff).

In the second Project “R2Chem” we investigate process systems converting hydrogen and carbon dioxide into chemicals and energy carriers (sustainable fuels). Our parti­cu­lar contributions to this exciting area are the system-wide analysis of many alternative process routes by advanced optimization techniques, the incorporation of model-based dynamic process analysis and optimization, and conceptual process design approaches based on accurate thermodynamic models for pure substan­ces and mixtures.

Moreover, in the framework of our third energy Project "DynFC", we started embedding microkinetic reaction networks into our multiscale design methodology, exemplified for the computer aided design of a natural gas fed PEM fuel cell system (in collaboration with Prof. Maestri, Politechnico di Milano). Currently we are trying to understand the role of the CO content in the feed and the water distri­bution on the dynamic behavior of PEM fuel cells using spatially resolved measuring techniques (to­ge­ther with the network GECKO: GErman-Canadian co-operation on Kinetics and mass transport Opti­mi­­zation in PEM fuel cells; Canada: CaRPE-FC, Germany: FhG-ISE, FhG-ICT, U Freiburg, ZSW).


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