A current challenge in the sustainable use of non-conventional resources is the development of innovative processes for material transformation. The main objective is the treatment of water and the processing of biogenic raw materials in order to generate new resources.
Chemical and physical relationships, as they can be found for example in complex mixtures of organic residues are investigated. From these findings, the technicality steps should be modeled and calculated. The advantage of these pioneering technologies generates benefits to society.
The research field of membrane technology deals with the production and optimization of membranes and membrane materials. Another topic is the improvement of membrane processes which are commonly used in the water- and gas treatment.
In the field of the Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP) the focus is on the application of non-thermal plasma for water treatment. The aim is to develop competitive processes for water preparation, as well as the design of new non-conventional AOP operations, such as the recyclable Fenton-process.
An essential characteristic is the combination of different methods (for example membrane technology and AOP) for a cheap and effective purification of municipal and industrial wastewater. A very promising approach is to combine the advantages of a chemically-oxidative water treatment by oxygen ions and radicals with a membrane filtration.
The reprocessing of fermentation stocks is often a big challenge in the purification or production of new active substances. The focus of this field is on the processing of microalgae and reaction mixtures of physico-chemical conversion processes, such as fractionation of lignocellulose. To lead to an optimization of these processes, this is supported by specific chemical and thermodynamic considerations.
Research areas at a glance
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