Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Jürgen Klankermayer
Junior Professorship: "Mechanisms in Catalysis" (since November 16th, 2009)
This junior professorship was established for studying the complex factors controlling activity, selectivity and stability in modern catalytic systems using mainly experimental techniques such as spectroscopy, kinetic measurements or isotopic labelling, coupled with or assisted by computational methods. In particular, Prof. Klankermayer develops a programme that focuses on a quantitative understanding of the interaction of alternative solvent systems such as ionic liquids or supercritical fluids with catalytically active species. The combination of experimental and computational research will provide an important and strong link to the research in IRF-1, IRF-2 and the CIFs.
Tel.: +49 241 80-28137
Prof. Dr.rer.nat. Kai Leonhard
Junior Professorship: "Model-Based Fuel Design" (since October 1st, 2009)
This junior professorship focuses on the fuel design problem as the key example of a general product design problem. Research will contribute to expanding model-based product design methods to incorporate more complex property and process models. Property models have to link molecular structure to the functional characteristics of the fuel or of the solvent in addition to thermodynamic quantities. Thereby, parameters describing functional characteristic in the engine combustion have to go far beyond Cetane or Octane numbers used today in order to account for effects on future low temperature combustion systems. Process models have to predict constraints for product design such as energetic efficiency or yield and selectivity. The research objective devises systematic strategies for the use of the advanced models and knowledge developed in the IRF-1, IRF-2 and IRF-3 for the targeted design of fuel mixtures and non-conventional solvents built from newly discovered molecules with optimised properties.
Tel.: +49 241 80-98174
Prof. Dr. Ahmed E. Ismail
Junior Professorship: "Multi-Scale Modelling of Molecular Transformations" (from March 2010)
This Junior Professorship bridges the gap from abinitio prediction of reaction networks to overall reaction rates observed in laboratory experiments. The goal is to develop predictive models for the reaction behaviour as observed on the final process scale. A sound analysis and integration of the interplay of reaction kinetics and mass transfer will thus also be required. Multiscale modelling-approaches and systematic coarsegraining techniques for the description of molecular transformation will be developed. Such an approach has to consider the specific properties of the feedstock and products derived from biomass as well as the unconventional reaction media employed.
Tel.: +49 241 80-99128
Prof. Dr. Miriam Agler-Rosenbaum
Junior Professorship: "Microbiology of Defined Mixed-Cultures" (since July 2011)
The Rosenbaum Lab is a growing research group within the Institute of Applied Microbiology at RWTH Aachen University. Our work is focused around bioelectrochemical systems. Specifically, our research interests are the investigation, understanding, and manipulation of microorganisms in electrochemical interaction with electrodes and of inter-microbial relationships in these environments. The overall goal of our efforts are the development and advancement of new biotechnological applications based on bioelectrochemical systems. Within the Cluster of Excellence "Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass", the Rosenbaum Lab investigates the microbial electroreduction of (bio)chemical intermediates to fuel components.
Tel.: +49 241 80-26617
Prof. Dr.-Ing Alexander Heufer
Junior Professorship: "Physico Chemical Fundamentals of Combustion " (since April 2014)
The Junior Research group "Physico Chemical Fundamentals of Combustion" is engaged in research and teaching activities on fundamental combustion chemistry and advanced diagnostics of combustion processes.
The goal is to deeply understand the underlying reaction mechanisms of the combustion processes of conventional and novel transportation fuels towards clean and efficient combustion. Since advanced combustion engine concepts such as Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) are in the research focus with a promise to reduce emissions and boost efficiency, High pressure chemical kinetics of the fuel oxidation plays a central role in controlling auto-ignition. Pollutant formation and abatement in combustion systems is also closely linked to the fuel chemistry. Our main research goal is therefore to investigate this chemistry using diverse experimental facilities (eg. shock tubes and Rapid Compression Machine (RCM)). Both optical and mass-spectrometry based diagnostic techniques facilitate the interrogation of this chemistry. A further aim of the group is to develop detailed chemical kinetic models based on the strong interactions of theory, computational kinetics, thermo chemical and group additivity based rate estimation methods. The mechanisms are then validated with experimental data to develop predictive models which will facilitate the fuel design process.
Tel.: +49 241 80-95370