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M. Sc. Maximilian Spiekermann

Focus of work

  • Transfer Metal Catalysis
  • Selective hydrogenation of renewables
  • Process intensification of multiphase reactions
  • 3D-Printing for chemical applications

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Further Information about Maximilian Spiekermann

Curriculum Vitae

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.

Research Topic

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.

Reaktion: C-C-C=C-C-C=C-C-C=C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-CO-O-C Linolenic acid methyl ester ->(+H2+Cat.) C-C-C-C-C-C=C-C-C=C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-CO-O-C Linoleic acid methyl ester ->(+H2+Cat.) C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C=C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-CO-O-C Oleic acid methyl ester ->(Crossed out)(+H2+Cat.) C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-CO-O-C Stearic acid methyl ester

Publications & Conferences

  • 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"

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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