For a sustainable future, the raw material base for chemical products and fuels has to change away from fossile ressources. At the Chair of Chemical Process Engineering, we develop novel chemical and biotechnological processes based on sustainable ressources. Examples are:
- Synthetic fuels that are produced from biomass or from CO2
- Intermediates of the C1-value chain such as methanol, dimethyl ether, and formaldhyde which can be produced from a broad, flexible raw material base.
Besides applications for concrete products, we develope novel methodologies for process design that are required when designing processes on a sustainable raw material base. These methodologies include:
- Short-Cut models for conceptual design of chemical and biotechnological processes
- Machine Learning in conceptual design
- Dealing with poorly specified mixtures in modelling and simulation when designing biotechnological processes
- Dealing with spatially and temporaly fluctuating boundary conditions in a globally linked but locally diverse raw material landscape.