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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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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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