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Fakultät BCI

Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Vorholt

Curriculum Vitae

Diploma (Chemistry) 2003 – 2008  TU Dortmund
Semester abroad 2007  University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Master of Science 2009 – 2011  Economic Sciences, TU Dortmund
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) 2008 – 2011  Industrial Chemistry (summa cum laude), TU Dortmund
Consultant since 2012  Introduction of LEAN management in medium-sized production companies
Assistant Professor (Habilitation) 2012 – 2017  Institute for Technische Chemie, TU Dortmund; Manager of a new independent research group for Resource Efficient Chemistry
Research stay 01/2015 – 04/2015  With Dr. M. V. Garland at A*Star Institute for Chemical and engineering sciences, Singapore
Lectureship since 2016  Institute for Industrial Chemistry & Petrochemistry, RWTH Aachen: multiphasic catalysis and immobilisation
Lectureship since 2018  Institute for Industrial Chemistry, TU Dortmund: value added in chemical industry & chemical processes in case studies
Group leader since 2018  'Multiphasen Katalyse', MPI CEC



Wertschöpfung in der chemischen Industrie (SS 2021 1VV 2VÜ 3C)
Strategic planning and operational management techniques are integral to the professional lives of engineers and scientists. In this immersion, fundamentals are laid and practiced on case studies in mixed groups.

Chemische Prozesse in Fallstudien (WS 2021/22 2PV 1PÜ 4C)
Students work on case studies based on real projects. Students are trained to independently gather information, make decisions and analyze the results in comparison with other solutions.

Research Topic

The transition from an economy based on fossil resources to one based on renewable energy and raw materials has many challenges, including the chemical conversion of resources to energy storage and materials.

In the Multiphase Catalysis group we aim to approach catalysis research using a multiscale approach to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying phenomenology. Starting from the molecular level to the phase behavior to the process level, transformations are considered to make them more sustainable and efficient.

This field lies at the interface between catalysis, chemical reaction engineering and process intensification. For this reason, this group combines the forces of chemistry and chemical process engineering to work on a number of areas including:

  • Exploration of new reaction schemes for obtaining substitute products to existing commodities (e.g., fuels) from alternative resources.
  • Investigation of different recycling strategies for molecular catalysts in multiphase systems, in combination with predictive models.
  • Develop novel reactor concepts for enhanced catalysis to improve mass transfer and catalyst recyclability.

The overall goal is to bring together the knowledge gained to implement miniplant-scale process concepts and to use operando analytics to monitor the long-term stability of catalysts.

Schaubild Principles and tasks for the development of multiphase catalytic systems: drei-phasen-diagramm: oben: green chemistry, links Recycling strategies for molecular catalysts, unten links: Molecular Catalysis, unten: Novel reactor developments for intensified catalysis, rechts unten: Reaction Engineering, rechts new reaction schemes from alternative feedstock, Mischungslücke im Diagramm: Process Concepts in Miniplants © MPI für Chemische Energiekonversion, Mülheim a.d.R. ® 2020


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