Strategies in catalyst development for hydrotreating of biocrude

Nicolaus Dahmen, Professor, KIT


Nicolaus Dahmen studied chemistry at the University of Bochum, finishing his PhD in 1992 in the area of high pressure thermodynamics. He worked on application of high pressure to chemical reactions and separation processes as a group leader and, since 2000, as head of the High Pressure Process Technology division at the Institute of Technical Chemistry of the Research Centre Karlsruhe (today Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)). In 2005, he joined the bioliq project management to building up a pilot plant to convert lignocellulosic biomass into synthetic fuels and chemicals. Also, he took over the Thermochemical Biomass Refining division in the Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) at KIT. After habilitation in 2010 at Heidelberg University, he now is professor for Conversion of Renewable Resources at the Faculty of Chemical Engineering at KIT. In the bioliq project he is responsible for R&D coordination. His own research work is dedicated to direct thermal biomass liquefaction by fast pyrolysis as well as by hydro- and solvothermal processes.

About the speech:

– Strategies for process development for bio-oil upgrading
– State-of-the art in catalyst and process development
– Challenges and future perspectives of bio-oil upgrading