Processes

Reactors

Plants

Energy and Chemical Technology

Processes, reactors, plants

After many years of cooperation with industrial enterprises we are familiar with our customers’ requirements and markets in the field of Energy and Chemical technology. We have the knowledge and experience to provide individually tailored and economically attractive solutions. Our expertise ranges from the generation of ideas, performance increase and optimization of existing systems and components up to the development of methods and the realization and implementation of specific, intelligent and highly integrated applications up to the stage of pilot production. Thanks to the closely linked collaboration of chemists, chemical engineers, mechanical engineers and control engineers we can tackle complex tasks in an interdisciplinary way and are able to offer complete system solutions.

"We improve the reliability and efficiency of compact material and energy conversion systems as well as of decentralized, mobile power supply units."


In the product area ​​Energy Technology, we deal with current and future issues concerning mobile and decentralized provision and storage of electrical energy, with thermal management in the automotive industry and with the production of synthetic (bio)fuels. The technology is based on microstructured plate heat exchangers, which can be used as chemical reactors by coating them with catalysts. The development work covers the entire technology chain in the fields of system design, process simulation, catalyst development, durability tests, reactor design, development of cost-effective manufacturing technologies, system control, system integration and testing. Apart from the development of individual components and complete reformer systems for hydrogen production from conventional and renewable fuels, the research focuses on the areas of fuel processing, liquid hydrogen technology, exhaust gas purification, power to gas, heat and cooling management, energy storage and biofuel synthesis.

"We are intensifying chemical production processes and increase the availability of materials, data and information for product and production issues."


In the product area Chemical Technology, we focus on the intensification of chemical production using methods and devices of chemical micro process engineering. Based on a well-scalable, modularly designed reactor family or by means of specific, often highly integrated designs, we develop, design and manufacture milli- and microstructured flow reactors from laboratory to industrial scale, which are optimally adapted to the respective process or application. We cover both, single and multiphase processes as well as non-catalytic and heterogeneously and homogeneously catalyzed reactions. Besides the general organic chemistry, our research priorities comprise photochemistry, electrochemistry and the synthesis of reactive intermediates. By linking with new plant concepts, such as the chemical plant infrastructure in container format, we open up decentralized and mobile production approaches. The integrated approach of development, modularization and process automation builds a bridge to the chemical industry 4.0.

„We improve the quality of your nanoparticles, enhance the productivity of your syntheses and increase both, the efficiency and the availability of your agents at the target site."


In the product area Nanoparticle Technologies we deal with the production and characterization of nanoparticles with different properties and their potential applications in medicine, pharmacy and consumer goods industry. Our research is focused both, on metal (such as Au, Pt, Pd), metal oxide (such as ZnO, SiO2) and semiconducting nanoparticles (quantum dots) as well as on polymeric nanoparticles. For the encapsulation of active ingredients (such as perfumes, pharmaceuticals, pesticides), we rely on polymeric nanoparticles and capsules in the size range from 50 µm to several microns. The physicochemical properties of the particles like for instance the chemical composition, shape, morphology and surface functionalization are modified according to the specific application requirements. Thereby, the use of modular reactors in the continuous synthesis process increases both, the reproducibility and the control of particle sizes and size distributions. A simple adjustment of flow rate and temperature allows a very good control of the desired product properties. The accordingly adjusted online process control permits quality control in real time.

Head of Division / Deputy Head of Division

Gunther Kolb

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunther Kolb

Fraunhofer-Institut für Mikrotechnik und Mikrosysteme IMM
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20
55129 Mainz

Phone +49 6131 990-341

Fax +49 6131 990-205

Patrick Löb

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Dr. rer. nat. Patrick Löb

Fraunhofer-Institut für Mikrotechnik und Mikrosysteme IMM
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20
55129 Mainz

Phone +49 6131 990-377

Fax +49 6131 990-205