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M. Sc. Jonas Vosberg

Focus of work

  • Homogeneous transition metal catalysts
  • Industrial CO2 hydrogenation
  • Amidation reactions of low molecular weight amines
  • Statistical optimization of reaction parameters

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Further Information about Jonas Vosberg

Curriculum Vitae

1985 Born in Kempten, Germany
2006 - 2013 Bachelor of Science, TU Dortmund University, "Tandem-catalytic synthesis of monomer building blocks" (Prof. Arno Behr)
2013 - 2016 Master of Science, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, “Nickel-catalyzed linear dimerization of isobutene” (Prof. Arno Behr and Dr. An­dre­as J. Vorholt)
2017 - 2020 Doctorate in Chem­is­try (evaluation pending), TH Cologne[1] and RWTH Aachen[2], “heterogeneous bases in aldol addition reactions” (Prof. Regina Palkovits[2] and Dr. Matthias Eisenacher[1])
2019 certified 6σ Green Belt
Since 2020 Post-Doc, TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity, (Prof. Dieter Vogt)


Research Topic

The profitability of an industrial scope chemical process depends, among other factors, on the availability and pricing of the chemical feedstock and the energy demand of the whole process. This can be achieved by establishing reactions based on a reliable and unproblematic feedstock such as CO2 and by combining multiple reactions into one single step. By doing so, this research aims at proving the feasibility of an alternative reaction route to an amide that itself is considered a large-scale platform chemical.

The research is carried out in close partnership with a globally renowned chemical cooperation.

The investigated reaction is the CO2 hydrogenation to formic acid in the presence of a low molecular weight amine and the consecutive condensation of the acid and the amine to an amide. The latter step is an equilibrium reaction. This study includes the investigation of the limits that the chemical equilibrium applies to the maximum yield and strategies to overcome those boundaries.

Reaktion: CO2 + Amin + H2 ->(+cat.-H2O) H-CO-NR2

Publications & Conferences

  • Vosberg, J. M., Drönner, J., Lummerich, F., Eisenacher, M. (ongoing proceeding): Aldoladdition – Verfahren zur Synthese von Aldoladditionsprodukten, Patent AZ 19-001, PROvendis AZ 5604 19.

  • Seidensticker, T., Ostrowski, K. A., Vosberg, J. M., Vorholt, A. J. (2016). "Rhodium Catalyzed bis-Hydroaminomethylation of Linear Aliphatic Alkenes with Piperazine". Adv. Synth. Catal. 358 (4), 610-621, DOI: 10.1002/adsc.201500896.
  • Behr, A., Rentmeister, N., Möller, D., J. M., Peitz, S. (2014). "Dimerization reactions with iron and cobalt bis(imino)pyridine catalysts: A substrate based approach". Catal. Commun. 55 (5), 38-42, DOI: 10.1016/j.catcom.2014.06.003.
  • 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 Catalysis". Chem. Asian J. 9 (2), 596-601, DOI: 10.1002/asia.201301263.
  • March 2020, Weimar, Germany: DECHEMA 53. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker: "Lithium Zirconate as a Replacement for Homogeneous Bases in Aldol Additions".
  • March 2019, Weimar, Germany: DECHEMA 52. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker: "From acetaldehyde to 1,3-butanediol - revising an industrial classic".
  • December 2018, Leverkusen, Germany: STEPsCon 2018, ”From acetaldehyde to 1,3-butanediol - revising an industrial classic“.

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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