The research that the institutes of the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering conduct plays an important role in sharpening KIT's profile in the socially relevant areas energy, mobility and information. The nationally and internationally renowned research of the KIT Department covers process engineering issues from scientific bases to technical applications and from laboratory experiments to pilot plants.

Main areas of research are:

  • Development of processes and methods for closing material and energy cycles as the basis of a sustainable society (circular economy)
  • Synthesis of chemical energy sources from ubiquitous materials and renewable energy
  • Development of innovative, resource-saving process engineering and biotechnological processes for the processing of raw materials of biological origin into biopharmaceuticals, foods, fine chemicals and basic materials for the chemical industry
  • Development of processes for water reuse
  • Development and use of digital tools for bioengineering and chemical engineering

The researchers of the department lead and coordinate national and international research projects (DFG, BMBF, EU, ...) and contribute significantly to the research programs of the Helmholtz Association.

Energy independence: KIT produces synthetic methane from biomass

The bioliq® plant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) can produce a synthesis gas from carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and hydrogen, among other things, from residues from agriculture and forestry. KIT researchers have now succeeded for the first time in producing methane from this, which, after appropriate processing, could be fed directly into the German natural gas grid and replace fossil gas. In the three-phase methanisation process used for this purpose, a catalyst is suspended in a liquid. This is located in a bubble column reactor through which the synthesis gas flows.

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Joint operation of the climate-friendly NECOC process begins

Extracting the greenhouse gas CO2 from the atmosphere and converting it into a stable carbon through combined processes - this is what a new plant network at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has been doing this month. The process, developed in the NECOC research project together with industrial partners, combines negative emissions with the production of a high-tech raw material. Now it is to be optimised in terms of energy and scaled up.

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PartikelMarkus Breig, Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT
Renewable fuels from green refineries

Synthetic fuels from renewable energy sources are needed to reach the climate goals in the transport sector. So-called refuels promise to reduce CO2 emissions by 90 percent compared to conventional fuels. To cover future needs of heavy-duty vehicles, airplanes, and ships and provide chemical industry with basic substances, we will require the corresponding industrial facilities. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and their partners have now launched the REF4FU project to determine the refuel quantities needed and what future green refineries will have to look like to supply these quantities.

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Lab visit

Institute of Thermal Process Engineering - NECOC

Institute for Technical Chemistry- Plastics Pyrolysis Lab

Institute for Micro Process Engineering - 3D Printing

Latest publications of the institutes of the KIT Department

Straube, C.; Mandic, R.; Meyer, J.; Dittler, A. (2023). Influence of deposited liquid structures on the separation efficiency of thin oleophilic fiber layers of mist filters. Separation and Purification Technology, Art.-Nr.: 125977. doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2023.125977
Poggemann, L.; Thelen, R.; Meyer, J.; Dittler, A. (2023). Experimental investigation on the change of pull-off force between bulk particulate material and an elastic polymeric filter fiber. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 641, 903–915. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2023.03.051
Priester, F.; Größle, R.; Bekris, N.; Cristescu, I. (2023). A new facility for the measurement of the Sieverts’-constant for PbLi with tritium. Fusion Engineering and Design, 191, Article no: 113568. doi:10.1016/j.fusengdes.2023.113568