Molecular Systems Engineering
Group Leader Molecular Systems Engineering
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With model-based design of molecular systems, we can optimize processes and the processed materials at the same time. We develop novel methods and apply them in cooperation projects to
- develop novel fuels from Biomass and CO2, which combust with very low emissions,
- design solvents, reaction and separation media, mainly for the utilization of CO2 as a raw material,
- produce polymers sustainably and to recycle them.
The ecologic and economic production of base chemicals is a major goal. We model the molecules together with the processes they appear in, e.g. for the purification of intermediates and for improving the quality of products of chemical reactors.
Molecular Thermodynamics is one foundation for our work. It is the basis for the development of models for physical and chemical properties based on molecular structures. It employs methods from quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and classical thermodynamics. With such models, we can obtain desired properties without performing time-consuming experiments. We develop models for equilibrium properties and for chemical reactions since they are often important for the production and application of materials.
Design methods are the second foundation. Design methods allow us to identify optimal molecular structures based on the models described above and based on specified targets.
We contribute to the success of the following coordinated projects with our methods:
- Cluster of Excellence „The Fuel Science Center“
(Ab initio Combustion Kinetics and ChemTraYzer)
- SFB 985 „Functional Microgels and Microgel Systems“
(Microgel Synthesis: Kinetics, Particle Formation and Reactor Modelling)
- BMBF-Project “Carbon2Polymers”
If you are a student and are interested in our work, you can learn more about our methods in the lectures Applied Molecular Thermodynamics, Applied Quantum Chemistry for Engineers and Combustion Chemistry.