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Institutes involved

The Joint Research Group on Integrated catalytic technologies for efficient hydrogen production was founded in 2013 to promote cooperation and scientific exchange between different groups at KIT and DICP working on this topic.

In its core it comprises two research institutes on the side of the German Helmholtz Association, represented by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and two research institutes on the side of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), represented by the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP).

Institutes involved

Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT)

Principal investigator at IMVT and spokesperson of the HCJRG-118 is Prof. Roland Dittmeyer, full professor and director of the IMVT. Prof. Dittmeyer and his institute have been active in the development of Pd composite membranes as well as the development and characterization of catalysts and Pd-based membrane reactors for many years. The specific role of the IMVT within this consortium lies in the design, fabrication, characterization and operation of ultra-compact multifunctional microstructured reactors.

Felix Dallmann is the PhD student related to IMVT working on this project. He is member of Catalytically Active Coatings Group under lead of Dr. Aswani Mogalicherla at IKFT.

Internal associated partner at IMVT is Dr. Peter Pfeifer, group leader for Gas Phase and Multiphase Catalysis, who brings in a strong background in the development of microstructured reactors for hydrogen production.

Representative publications
  • Boeltken, T.; Belimov, M.; Pfeifer, P.; Peters, T.A.; Bredesen, R.; Dittmeyer, R.
    Fabrication and testing of a planar microstructured concept module with integrated palladium mebranes
    CHEM ENG PROCESS 67 (2013) 136-147
    doi:10.1016/j.cep.2012.06.009
  • Lee, S.; Böltken, T.; Mogalicherla, A. K.; Gerhards, U.; Pfeifer, P.; Dittmeyer, R.
    Inkjet printing of porous nanoparticle-based catalyst layers in microchannel reactors
    APPL CATAL A-GEN, 467 (2013) 69-75
    doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2013.07.002
  • Dittmar, B.; Behrens, A.; Schödel, N.; Rüttinger, M.; Franco, Th.; Straczewski, G.; Dittmeyer, R.
    Methane steam reforming operation and thermal stability of new porous metal supported tubular palladium composite membranes
    INT J HYDROGEN ENERG, 38 (2013) 8759-8771
    doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2013.05.030

Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)

The second principal investigator from KIT is Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, full professor for Chemical Technology and Catalysis and member of the board of directors of the IKFT. The group of Prof. Grunwaldt has strong experience in catalyst preparation, testing and characterization. The most relevant competence within the joint KIT-DICP research group concerns the application of synchrotron-based in situ characterization methods. These will be applied for investigation of changes in composition and structure of catalysts and membrane materials under conditions close to the real process. These investigations will provide new information referring to ageing effects and durability of catalysts and membranes.

The PhD student related to IKFT and working on this project is Mrs. Gülperi Cavusoglu, member of the IKFT group In-Situ Spectroscopy/Synchrotron Methods, led by Dr. Henning Lichtenberg.

Representative publications
  • Boubnov, A.; Gänzler, A.; Conrad, S.; Casapu, M.; Grunwaldt, J.-D.
    Oscillatory CO Oxidation Over Pt/Al2O3 Catalysts Studied by In situ XAS and DRIFTS
    TOP CATAL, 56 (2013) 333-338
    doi:10.1007/s11244-013-9976-6
  • Stötzel, J.; Frahm, R.; Kimmerle, B.; Nachtegaal, M.; Grunwaldt, J.-D.
    Oscillatory Behavior during the Catalytic Partial Oxidation of Methane: Following Dynamic Structural Changes of Palladium using the QEXAFS Technique
    J PHYS CHEM C, 116 (2012) 599-609
    doi:10.1021/jp2052294
  • Kimmerle, B.; Grunwaldt, J.-D.; Baiker, A.; Glatzel, P.; Boye, P.; Stephan, S.; Schroer, C.G.
    Visualizing a Catalyst at Work during the Ignition of the Catalytic Partial Oxidation of Methane
    J PHYS CHEM C, 113 (2009) 3037-3040
    doi:10.1021/jp810319v

Dalian National Laboratory for Clean Energy (DNL)

The principal investigator at DNL and leader of the HCJRG-118 on the Chinese side is Prof. Andreas Goldbach, team leader in the Division of Hydrogen Energy and Advanced Materials. The core competence of Prof. Goldbach and his team in this consortium is the preparation of ultra-thin palladium alloy membranes making use of more complex alloy compositions to achieve applicability in steam reforming atmospheres for long-term and on demand usage.

Mrs. Lingfang Zhao, Mr. Dengyun Miao and Mrs. Haiyuan Jia are the PhD students related to this project at DNL.

Representative publications:
  • Zeng, G.; Goldbach, A.; Shi, L.; Xu, H.
    Compensation Effects in H2 Permeation Kinetics of PdAg Membranes
    J PHYS CHEM C, 116 (2012) 18101-18107
    doi:10.1021/jp305771h
  • Shi, L.; Goldbach, A.; Xu, H.
    High-flux H2 separation membranes from (Pd/Au)n nanolayers
    INT J HYDROGEN ENERGY, 36 (2011) 2281-2284
    doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2010.11.056
  • Bi, Y.; Xu, H.; Li, W.; Goldbach, A.
    Water gas shift reaction in a Pd membrane reactor over Pt/Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 catalyst
    INT J HYDROGEN ENERGY, 34 (2009) 2965-2971
    doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2009.01.046

State Key Laboratory of Catalysis (SKLC)

The second principal investigator on the CAS side is Mrs. Prof. Xiulian Pan, team leader in the Nano and Interfacial Catalysis Research Group at SKLC. The core competence of Prof. Pan concerns the preparation and characterization of advanced nanostructured catalytic materials. Furthermore, Prof. Pan has experience in synchrotron-based in-situ studies on catalyst structures and catalytic reactions in cooperation with the Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF).

The PhD student related to SKLC and working on this project is Mr. Fan Zhang.

Representative publications:
  • Zhang, F.; Pan, X.; Hu, Y.; Yu, L.; Chen, X.; Jiang, P.; Zhang, H.; Deng, S.; Zhang, J.; Bolin, T.; Zhang, S.; Huang, Y.; Bao, X.
    Tuning the redox activity of encapsulated metal clusters via the metallic and semiconducting character of carbon nanotubes
    PROC NATL ACAD SCI USA (PNAS), (2013) in press.
    doi:10.1073/pnas.1306784110
  • Zhang, H.; Pan, X.; Han, X.; Liu, X.; Wang, X.; Shen, W.; Bao, X.
    Enhancing chemical reactions in a confined hydrophobic environment: a NMR study of benzene hydroxylation in carbon nanotubes.
    CHEM SCI, 4 (2013) 1075-1078
    doi:10.1039/c2sc21761a
  • Pan, X.; Bao, X.
    The effects of confinement inside carbon nanotubes on catalysis
    ACC CHEM RES 44 (2011) 553-562
    doi:10.1021/ar100160t

Further associated academic partners:

  • Prof. Christof Wöll, director of the Institute for Functional Interfaces (IFG) at KIT
  • Prof. Olaf Deutschmann, full professor for Chemical Technology and member of the extended board of directors of IKFT at KIT
  • Prof. Jörg Sauer, executive professor of IKFT at KIT
  • Prof. Hengyong Xu, group leader for New Materials and New Processes for Methane Conversion in the Division of Hydrogen Energy and Advanced Materials at DNL
  • Prof. Wenjie Shen, group leader for Reaction Chemistry at SKLC
  • Prof. Xinhe Bao, Academician of the CAS and group leader for Nano and Interface Catalysis Research at SKLC
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