Focus of work
- Transfer Metal Catalysis
- Selective hydrogenation of renewables
- Process intensification of multiphase reactions
- 3D-Printing for chemical applications
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Maxi Spiekermann studied chemical engineering at the department of biochemical and chemical engineering of TU Dortmund University from 2012 and finished his bachelor studies in spring 2018 at the chair of Prof. Dr. Vogt covering the biphasic hydroformylation of 1-octene with polymer particles as phase transfer agents. During his subsequent master studies at TU Dortmund University he spent a semester abroad studying chemical engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology after receiving a scholarship by Prof. Engell. Throughout his semester abroad he focused his studies on conceptual process design and energetic optimization of chemical processes. Following his return to Germany he worked on his master thesis at the chair of Prof. Dr. Vogt about the Grubbs-Hoveyda II catalyzed self-metathesis of 1-octene. He graduated in 2020 and started working as a research associate in the junior research group Renewlysis of Dr. Seidensticker in January 2021 on the semi-hydrogenation of multi-unsaturated FAME catalyzed by a novel Palladium catalyst.
The formation of intermediates based on renewable substrates is a challenging task. Fats and oils from different sources vary in composition of fatty acids. Selective hydrogenation of these mixtures as fatty acid methyl esters (FAME‘s) can be used to create a normalized feedstock for further reactions leading to higher functionalized oleochemicals.
- May 2022, Dortmund, Germany, 11th Workshop on Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstock for the Chemical Industry, "Semi-Hydrogenation of Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acid Derivatives in Multiphase Catalysis"
- June 2022, Weimar, Germany, 55. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker, "Semi-Hydrogenation of Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acid Derivatives in Multiphase Catalysis"