Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass - Holistic Process Design for Biofuel Separations


The Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass”

The goal of the Cluster of Excellence Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass, TMFB for short, is the interdisciplinary investigation of new synthetic fuels and chemicals generated from biomass. It aims at finding the best combination of selection and use of products and production processes. The research focuses on a holistic optimization with strong interaction of research projects in the fields of chemistry, engineering and economics.


Contribution of the LTT

Being part of the Cluster of Excellence TMFB, the LTT is developing complex methods to design sustainable production processes for biofuels. Here, an innovative approach for the simultaneous optimization of process and working fluid (Holistic Process Design) is pursued.

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For this purpose, Computer-Aided Molecular Design (CAMD) is employed. In CAMD, thermodynamic property models are used to relate molecular properties of working fluids to process performance. Thus, the chemical structure of working fluids can be optimized with respect to process performance. For a holistic design approach, molecular design is incorporated in process design approaches.

The aim of the LTT is both, the improvement of processes and the development of process design strategies. Ultimately, resource-saving and energy efficient processes for the production of fuels based on renewable resources are identified and designed.

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Further information about the work and organization of the TMFB can be found on the website of the Excellence Cliuster.