Institute of Technical Chemistry

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Research and Teaching at the Institute of Technical Chemistry mainly focuses on heterogeneous catalysis with a special interest in chemical reaction engineering as well as the development and characterization of catalysts.

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Research and teaching at the Institute of Technical Chemistry mainly focuses on heterogeneous catalysis and chemical reaction engineering.

The research area of heterogeneous catalysis deals with scientific investigations (both fundamental and process related) of zeolites, metal supported catalysts, and redox-active oxides or oxide layers, i. e. they are being synthesized, characterized, and thoroughly tested.

The research area of chemical reaction engineering also deals with the scientific investigations (both fundamental and process related) of technical reaction control and reactor designs with an emphasis on heterogeneous catalysis engineering, micro reaction engineering, and electrochemical reaction engineering.

Research topics at the Institute of Technical Chemistry

Solid acid/base catalysis

Synthesis of zeolite catalysts; characterization; in-situ solid-state NMR

Examples of application: Dehydration of e.g. lactic acid or ethanol; dehydrogenation in combination with amidation or oxidation reactions; catalytic cracking of bio-oils; methanol-to-olefins  

Oxidation catalysis

Synthesis of Mars-van-Krevelen catalysts, monolayer supported catalysts and metal supported catalysts; characterization; isothermal reaction engineering investigations; explosion prevention

Examples of application: Selective oxidation of o-xylene, n-butane and methane

Hydrogenation catalysis

Metal support catalysts; metal organic frameworks (MOFS); characterization

Examples of application: Selective hydration of alkynes to alkenes; transfer hydrogenations


Micro reaction engineering

Fixed bed micro-reactors; slit-reactors with catalyst coatings; multi-phase reactions in slug-flow systems; thermography

Examples of application: Oxidation of cyclohexane; ethoxylations; anionic polymerization of butadiene


Electrochemical reaction engineering

Gas Diffusion Electrodes; H-type cells; flow cells; linear sweep voltametry; potensiostatic and galvanostatic measurements

Examples of application: CO2-reduction to formic acid for chemical storage and substrate supply of fermenters; CO2-reduction to alcohols

News at the ITC

University of Stuttgart is taking part in eForFuel,:

University of Stuttgart is taking part in eForFuel, an exciting EU-funded research and
innovation initiative that seeks to provide a sustainable replacement of fossil fuels by
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Elias Klemm

Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Head of Institute

Elisa Favaro


Assisstant to the Head of Institute

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