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Project group Renewlysis

Dr. Thomas Seidensticker

Focus of work

  • Integrated Catalyst Recycling for Continuous Processes
  • Homogeneous Catalysis for the Functionalisation of Unsaturated Oleochemicals
  • Liquid Multiphase Systems
  • Selective Product Crystallization 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1987  born in Marl (Westf.), Germany
  • 2007-2010  Bachelor of Science, TU Dortmund University, “Hydroaminomethylation of methyl oleate with proline“ (Prof. Arno Behr and Dr. Andreas J. Vorholt)
  • 2010-2012  Master of Science, TU Dortmund University, “Nickel-catalyzed linear dimerization of isobutene” (Prof. Arno Behr)
  • 2011  Erasmus Scholarship, Research Stay at University of St. Andrews with Prof. David J. Cole-Hamilton
  • 2013-2016  Doctorate in Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat., with distinction, summa cum laude), TU Dortmund University, “Development of Catalytic Tandem Reaction Systems in the Context of Green Chemistry” (Prof. Arno Behr and Dr. Andreas J. Vorholt)
  • 2016-2017  Post-Doc, TU Dortmund University, (Prof. Arno Behr)
  • Since 2017  Junior Research Group leader, TU Dortmund University, Laboratories for Industrial Chemistry
  • 2022   Young University Teachers Award for Industrial Chemistry, awarded by DECHEMA's Education and Innovation Association.
  • 2021   Carl-Zerbe Price for Young Scientists, awarded by the Deutsche Wissen­schaft­liche Gesell­schaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle e.V. (DGMK)
  • 2021   H.P. Kaufmann-Price for his work „Die Umsetzung ungesättigter Oleochemikalien zur Erzeugung nachhaltiger chemischer Zwischenprodukte mittels homogener Übergangsmetallkatalyse.“ awarded by the DGF (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fettwissenschaft).
  • 2020  Literature Prize of the „Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)” (Chemical Industry Fund) for the textbook "Einführung in die Chemie nachwachsender Rohstoffe” 
  • 2018  Prize for the best doctoral thesis in the field of sustainable chemistry awarded by the Sustainable Chemistry Division of the GDCh
  • 2017  Award for Best Dissertation in 2016 at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, TU Dortmund University
  • 2013-2015  Ph.D. Chemiefond-Scholarship of „Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)”, two-year full-time scholarship
  • 2011-2012  “Deutschland-Stipendium”, Lanxess AG

Publications & Conferences

  • Behr, A. and Seidensticker, T. (2020) Chemistry of Renewables. Springer Nature: Berlin.
  • Behr, A. and Seidensticker, T. (2018) Einführung in die Chemie nachwachsender Rohstoffe: Vorkommen, Konversion, Verwendung. Springer Spektrum: Berlin.
  • Seidensticker, T. (2016) Development of catalytic tandem reaction systems in the context of green chemistry. Technische Universität Dortmund: München.
  • Seidensticker, T. (2017) Tandem reactions with renewables. In Homogeneous Catalysis with Renewables; Behr, A., Vorholt, A. J., Eds.; pp. 107–154.
  • Behr, A.; Vorholt, A. J.; and Seidensticker, T. (2016) New trends in the catalytic functionalisation of petrochemical 1,3-dienes. In DGMK International Conference Catalysis - Novel Aspects in Petrochemistry and Refining: September 26-28, 2016, Berlin, Germany; pp. 141–152.
  • Vorholt, A. J.; Seidensticker, T.; Ostrowski, K. A.; and Behr, A. (2014) Hydroformylation - door opener to highly efficient tandem reactions to bifunctional molecules. In Preprints of the DGMK International Conference Selective Oxidation and Functionalization: Classical and Alternative Routes and Sources, October 13 - 15, 2014, Berlin, Germany: (author’s Manuscripts); Ernst, S., Ed.; pp. 47–50.

Research Papers


  • Hares, K., Vogelsang, D., Wernsdörfer, C.S., Panke, D., Vogt, D., Seidensticker, T. (2022). „Palladium-catalyzed synthesis of mixed anhydrides via carbonylative telomerization” Catal. Sci. Technol., 12, 3992-4000, DOI: 10.1039/D2CY00486K .

  • Vondran, J., Benninghoff, T., Emminghaus, A.I., Seidensticker, T., (2022). "Catalytic Synthesis of Methyl 9,10-dihydroxystearate from Technical Feedstocks in Continuous Flow via Epoxidation and Hydrolysis". Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 124(7), DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.202200041 .
  • Huxoll, F. , Kampwerth, A. , Seidensticker, T. , Vogt, D. , Sadowski, G. (2022). "Predicting Solvent Effects on Homogeneity and Kinetics of the Hydroaminomethylation: A Thermodynamic Approach Using PC-SAFT". Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 61, 5, 2323–2332, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.1c03891 .
  • Vondran, J., Seifert, A.I., Schäfer, K., Laudanski, A., Deysen, T., Wohlgemuth, K., Seidensticker, T., (2022). "Progressing the Crystal Way to Sustainability: Strategy for Developing an Integrated Recycling Process of Homogeneous Catalysts by Selective Product Crystallization". Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 61(27), 9621–9631, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.2c00476 .
  • Heider, C., Pietschmann, D., Vogt, D., Seidensticker, T. (2022). „Selective Synthesis of Primary Amines by Kinetic-based Optimization of the Ruthenium-Xantphos Catalysed Amination of Alcohols with Ammonia”, ChemCatChem e202200788, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202200788 .
  • Vondran, J., Peters, M., Schnettger, A,. Sichelschmidt, C., Seidensticker, T., (2022). "From tandem to catalysis – organic solvent nanofiltration for catalyst separation in the homogeneously W-catalyzed oxidative cleavage of renewable methyl 9,10-dihydroxystearate". Catal. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1039/D1CY02317A .


  • Vondran, J., Peters, M., Schnettger, A,. Sichelschmidt, C., Seidensticker, T., (2022). "From tandem to catalysis – organic solvent nanofiltration for catalyst separation in the homogeneously W-catalyzed oxidative cleavage of renewable methyl 9,10-dihydroxystearate". Catal. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1039/D1CY02317A.
  • Gladius, A. W., Vondran, J., Ramesh, Y., Seidensticker, T., Agar, D. V. (2021). "Slug flow as tool for selectivity control in the homogeneously catalysed solvent-free epoxidation of methyl oleate". J. Flow Chem. 11, 407-427, DOI: 10.1007/s41981-021-00199-6.
  • Vondran, J., Pela, J., Palczewski, D., Skiborowski, M., Seidensticker, T. (2021). "Curse and Blessing–The Role of Water in the Homogeneously Ru-Catalyzed Epoxidation of Technical Grade Methyl Oleate". ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 9 (34), 11469–11478, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c03573.
  • Künnemann, K. U., Weber, D., Becquet, C., Tilloy, S., Monflier, E., Seidensticker, T., Vogt, D. (2021). "Aqueous Biphasic Hydroaminomethylation Enabled by Methylated Cyclodextrins: Sensitivity Analysis for Transfer into a Continuous Process", ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.9, 273–283, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c07125.
  • Huxoll, F., Jameel, F., Bianga, J., Seidensticker, T., Stein, M., Sadowski, G., Vogt, D. (2021) "Solvent Selection in Homogeneous Catalysis—Optimization of Kinetics and Reaction Performance", ACS Catal., 11, 590–594, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c04431.


  • Terhorst, M., Kampwerth, A., Marschand, A., Vogt, D., Vorholt, A. J., Seidensticker, T. (2020). "Facile catalyst recycling by thermomorphic behaviour avoiding organic solvents: a reactive ionic liquid in the homogeneous Pd-catalysed telomerisation of the renewable β-myrcene", Catal. Sci. Technol. 10, 1827–1834, DOI: 10.1039/C9CY02569C.
  • Terhorst, M., Heider, C., Vorholt, A., Vogt, D., Seidensticker, T. (2020). "Productivity Leap in the Homogeneous Ruthenium-Catalyzed Alcohol Amination through Catalyst Recycling Avoiding Volatile Organic Solvents", ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 8, 9962–9967, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03413.
  • Künnemann, K. U., Bianga, J., Scheel, R., Seidensticker, T., Dreimann, J. M., Vogt, D. (2020). "Process Development for the Rhodium-Catalyzed Reductive Amination in a Thermomorphic Multiphase System", Org. Process Res. Dev. 24, 41–49, DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.9b00409.
  • Künnemann,K. U., Schurm, L., Lange, D., Seidensticker, T., Tilloy, S., Monflier, E., Vogt, D., Dreimann, J. M. (2020). "Continuous hydroformylation of 1-decene in an aqueous biphasic system enabled by methylated cyclodextrins", Green Chem. 22, 3809–3819, DOI: 10.1039/D0GC00820F.
  • Herrmann, N., Köhnke, K., Seidensticker, T. (2020). "Selective Product Crystallization for Concurrent Product Separation and Catalyst Recycling in the Isomerizing Methoxycarbonylation of Methyl Oleate", ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 8, 10633–10638, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03432
  • Herrmann, N., Bianga, M. Palten, J., Riemer, T., Vogt, D., Dreimann, J. M., Seidensticker, T. (2020). "Improving Aqueous Biphasic Hydroformylation of Unsaturated Oleochemicals Using a Jet‐Loop‐Reactor", Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 122, 1900166 p. 1-8, DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201900166
  • Bianga, J., Künnemann, K. U., Goclik, L., Schurm, L., Vogt, D., Seidensticker, T. (2020). "Tandem Catalytic Amine Synthesis from Alkenes in Continuous Flow Enabled by Integrated Catalyst Recycling", ACS Catal. 10, 6463–6472, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c01465
  • Bianga, J., Kopplin, N., Hülsmann, J., Vogt, D., Seidensticker, T. (2020). "Rhodium‐Catalysed Reductive Amination for the Synthesis of Tertiary Amines", Adv. Synth. Catal. 362, 4415-4424, DOI: 10.1002/adsc.202000746
  • Bianga,J., Herrmann, N., Schurm, L., Gaide, T., Dreimann, J. M., Vogt, D., Seidensticker, T. (2020). "Improvement of Productivity for Aqueous Biphasic Hydroformylation of Methyl 10‐Undecenoate: A Detailed Phase Investigation", Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 122, 1900317 p. 1-7, DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201900317


  • Herrmann, N., Bianga, J., Gaide, T., Drewing, M., Vogt, D., Seidensticker, T. (2019). "Aqueous biphasic hydroformylation of methyl oleate: a green solvent-only strategy for homogeneous catalyst recycling", Green Chem. 21, 6738–6745, DOI: 10.1039/C9GC02868D


  • Vogelsang, D., Dittmar, M., Seidensticker, T., Vorholt, A. J. (2018). "Palladium-catalysed carboxytelomerisation of β-myrcene to highly branched C 21 -esters", Catal. Sci. Technol.8, 4332–4337, DOI: 10.1039/C8CY00769A
  • Peters, M., Vogelsang, D., Seidensticker, T., Vogt, D., Dreimann, J. M. (2018). "Prozessintensivierung via organophiler Nanofiltration - Entwicklungen in der Rückgewinnung homogener Übergangsmetallkatalysatoren", Chem. Ing. Tech. 90, 1177, DOI: 10.1002/cite.201855101


  • Furst, M. R. L., Korkmaz, V., Gaide, T., Seidensticker, T., Behr, A., Vorholt, A. J. (2017). "Tandem Reductive Hydroformylation of Castor Oil Derived Substrates and Catalyst Recycling by Selective Product Crystallization", ChemCatChem 9, 4319–4323, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201700965


  • Seidensticker, T., Vosberg, J. M., Ostrowski, K. A., Vorholt, A. J. (2016). "Rhodium-Catalyzed Bis- Hydroaminomethylation of Linear Aliphatic Alkenes with Piperazine", Adv. Synth. Catal. 358, 610–621, DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201500896
  • Seidensticker, T., Möller, D., Vorholt, A. J. (2016). "Merger of Johnson–Claisen rearrangement and alkoxycarbonylation for atom efficient diester synthesis", Tetrahedron Lett. 57, 371–374, DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2015.12.032
  • Seidensticker, T., Busch, H., Diederichs, C., von Dincklage, J. J., Vorholt, A. J. (2016). "From Oleo Chemicals to Polymer: Bis -hydroaminomethylation as a Tool for the Preparation of a Synthetic Polymer from Renewables", ChemCatChem 8, 2890–2893, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201600629
  • Ostrowski, K. A., Vogelsang, D., Seidensticker, T., Vorholt, A. J. (2016). "Direct Synthesis of an α,ω-Diester from 2,7-Octadienol as Bulk Feedstock in Three Tandem Catalytic Steps", Chem. Eur. J. 22, 1840–1846, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201503785
  • Kämper, A., Kucmierczyk, P., Seidensticker, T., Vorholt, A. J., Franke, R., Behr, A. (2016). "Ruthenium-catalyzed hydroformylation: from laboratory to continuous miniplant scale", Catal. Sci. Technol. 6, 8072–8079, DOI: 10.1039/C6CY01374K


  • Seidensticker, T., Furst, M. R. L., Frauenlob, R., Vondran, J., Paetzold, E., Kragl, U., Vorholt, A. J. (2015). "Palladium-Catalyzed Aminocarbonylation of Aliphatic Alkenes with N,N -Dimethylformamide as an In Situ Source of CO", ChemCatChem 7, 4085–4090, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500824


  • Jiménez-Rodriguez,C., Núñez-Magro, A. A., Seidensticker, T., Eastham, G. R., Furst, M. R. L., Cole-Hamilton, D. J. (2014). "Selective formation of α,ω-ester amides from the aminocarbonylation of castor oil derived methyl 10-undecenoate and other unsaturated substrates", Catal. Sci. Technol. 4, 2332–2339, DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00158C
  • Behr, A., Seidensticker, T., Vorholt, A. J. (2014). "Diester Monomers from Methyl Oleate and Proline via Tandem Hydroaminomethylation-Esterification Sequence with Homogeneous Catalyst Recycling using TMS-Technique", Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 116, 477–485, DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201300224
  • Behr, A., Rentmeister, N., Seidensticker, T., Vosberg, J., Peitz, S., Maschmeyer, D. (2014). "Highly Selective Dimerization and Trimerization of Isobutene to Linearly Linked Products by Using Nickel Catalysts", Chem. Asian J. 9, 596–601, DOI: 10.1002/asia.201301263
  • Behr, A., Rentmeister, N., Seidensticker, T., Faßbach, T. A., Peitz, S., Maschmeyer, D. (2014). "Nickel catalyzed dimerization reactions of vinylidene compounds: Head-to-head couplings and catalyst stabilization", J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 395, 355–363, DOI: 10.1016/j.molcata.2014.08.043


  • Furst,M. R. L., Seidensticker, T., Cole-Hamilton, D. J. (2013). "Polymerisable di- and triesters from Tall Oil Fatty Acids and related compounds", Green Chem. 15, 1218–1225, DOI: 10.1039/C3GC37071B

Review Articles


  • Vondran,J., Furst, M. R. L., Eastham, G., Seidensticker, T., Cole-Hamilton, D. J. (2021). „The Magic of Alpha: The chemistry of a remarkable bidentate phosphine, 1,2-bis(di-tert-butylphosphinomethyl)benzene”, Chem. Rev. 121 (11), 6610–6653, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c01254


  • Bianga, J., Künnemann, K. U., Gaide, T., Vorholt, A. J., Seidensticker, T., Dreimann, J. M., Vogt, D. (2019). "Thermomorphic Multiphase Systems - Switchable Solvent Mixtures for the Recovery of Homogeneous Catalysts in Batch and Flow Processes", Chem. Eur. J. 25, 11586–11608, DOI: 10.1002/chem.201902154


  • Herrmann, N., Vogelsang, D., Behr, A., Seidensticker, T. (2018). "Homogeneously Catalyzed 1,3‐Diene Functionalization – A Success Story from Laboratory to Miniplant Scale", ChemCatChem 10, 5342–5365, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201801362


  • Dreimann,J. M., Faßbach, T. A., Fuchs, S., Fürst, M. R. L., Gaide, T., Kuhlmann, R., Ostrowski, K. A., Stadler, A., Seidensticker, T., Vogelsang, D., Warmeling, H. W. F., Vorholt, A. J. (2017). "Vom Laborkuriosum zum kontinuierlichen Prozess. Die Entwicklung thermomorpher Lösungsmittelsysteme", Chem. Ing. Tech. 89, 252–262, DOI: 10.1002/cite.201600119


  • Seidensticker, T., Vorholt, A. J., Behr, A. (2016). "The mission of addition and fission - catalytic functionalization of oleochemicals", Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 118, 3–25, DOI: 10.1002/ejlt.201500190
  • Seidensticker,T., Engel, R. V., Pogrzeba, T. (2016). "Weimar 2016: Catalysis Strikes Back", ChemCatChem 8, 1987–1989, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201600506


  • Behr, A., Vorholt, A. J., Seidensticker, T. (2015). "An Old Friend in a New Guise-Recent Trends in Homogeneous Transition Metal Catalysis", Chem. Bio. Eng. 2, 6–21, DOI: 10.1002/cben.201400034


  • Behr, A., Vorholt, A. J., Ostrowski, K. A., Seidensticker, T. (2014). "Towards resource efficient chemistry: tandem reactions with renewables", Green Chem. 16, 982–1006, DOI: 10.1039/C3GC41960F


Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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