Focus of work
- Multiphase catalysis
- Selective hydrogenation
- Coupling reactions
- Process transfer into continuous operation
- Recyclability studies
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Florian Lehmann started his studies in chemical engineering at the department of biochemical and chemical engineering of TU Dortmund University in October 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in July 2020 at the chair for Chemical Reaction Engineering under supervision of Prof. Agar, where he developed a sensor for the noninvasive conversion tracking in capillary microreactors. After that, he proceeded with his master studies and graduated in December 2021 at the chair of Prof. Vogt working on the selective partial hydrogenation of polyunsaturated fatty acid methyl esters. In February 2022, he joined the chair of Industrial Chemistry as research associate.
For sustainable chemistry, the development of novel and efficient catalysts is a crucial task. Precious transition metals play the most important role in this huge field of research. A new catalyst system comprising various precious metals has been developed, forming a multiphase reaction system under appropriate conditions.
This novel approach requires further testing regarding applicable reactions, the transfer into a continuous process of a suitable reaction as well as recyclability studies. One example is the selective hydrogenation of polyunsaturated substrates like fatty acid derivatives, which can selectively be hydrogenated to the monounsaturated product (Fig. 1) building a feedstock for further chemistry based on renewable resources.