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Institute for Micro Process Engineering


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Dittmeyer

KIT - Campus North
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Phone: +49 721 608-23114
Fax:     +49 721 608-23186
Mail: roland dittmeyerWll9∂kit edu




Janina Thormann


 „Technologien und Ressourcen für erneuerbare Energie: von Wind- und Solarkraft zu chemischer Energiespeicherung"


04.07.2019, 11.00 Uhr


Campus Nord, Gebäude 605,

1. Etage, Raum 201, Besprechungsraum IMVT




Welcome to IMVT

The Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT) was founded in July 2001 with the objective of enhancing the use of novel microstructures in modern process engineering. Foundation of IMVT had been preceded by innovative studies relating to the fabrication of metal microstructured devices and their use in process engineering at the former Central Experimentation Department and before at the Institute for Nuclear Process Technology of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. IMVT and its precursor department had been headed by Dr. Klaus Schubert since the late eighties.

Today, IMVT is one of the leading academic research institutions in the field of micro process engineering worldwide. An international team of 64 employees specialized in various disciplines focuses on the construction and fabrication of microstructured devices, on fundamental studies of transport processes and chemical reactions in microstructures, and on the use of prototypes in selected thermal and chemical processes. Apart from research projects financed from basic funds under the Helmholtz programmes, projects funded by third parties are being executed in cooperation with industry and academic research institutions in Germany and abroad.




Democratization of the energy economy

Publication in Nature Communications: Crowd Oil not Crude Oil”


Illustration of the vision of building integrated and compact fuel synthesis units enabling a democratization of the energy economy.


Together with their Canadian colleagues, employees of IMVT published a thrilling vision in Nature Communications: air conditioning and ventilation systems in office buildings, supermarkets or residential buildings could filter CO2 directly from the circulated air and produce liquid chemical energy carriers locally in compact synthesis units. This synthetic 'crowd oil' from a vast number of renewable oil wells could be used where liquid chemical energy carriers are indispensable, e.g. in aviation or the long-haul transport sector. The proposed concept is interesting not least because a large number of new players could be mobilised for energy revolution.


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IMVT well represented at IMRET 2018 in Karlsruhe

Marcel Loewert on IMRET 2018 presenting his work on dynamically operated micro structured Fischer-Tropsch reactors.


This year’s International Conference on Micro Reaction Technology (IMRET) took place from the 21st to 24th of October in the heart of Karlsruhe. For four days 263 participants from 23 countries on 5 continents intensively interchanged recent ideas and developments in the field of micro reaction technology. Over 80 presentations and more than 100 posters covered almost all areas from micro fabrication, to process analytics and sensors, reactions in flow and kinetics, phase separations and finally scale up and industrial applications. Particular interest and vivid discussions evoked the presentations of the numerous industry representatives (30 % of all participants). Companies entering the international market as small start-ups only a few years ago, like for instance IMVT’s spinoff INERATEC GmbH reported from their impressive technologies and progresses in implementing them in considerable scale. But also, the well-known global players like BASF, Evonik and Siemens were present on this year’s IMRET. For instance, Christoph Kiener from Siemens reported from exciting developments in the field of design and additive manufacturing of highly complex metal structures for high temperature applications and accelerated maintenance / supply of spare parts.


IMVT’s employees were present with numerous interesting contributions. Besides five lectures, various posters on current research topics and an exhibition stand representing IMVT’s unique know-how in micro fabrication were part of the conference programme. The high quality of IMVT’s contributions was acknowledged with a poster award for W. Benzinger and his co-authors for their poster “Tailored 3D Printed Fluid Guiding Elements for Process Intensification”. 


Not only the perfectly organized lectures and poster sessions but also the delightful conference dinner, organized by the local organizing committee and DECHEMA, the pre-conference workshop on the 21st of October at IMVT and the concluding excursions to BASF in Ludwigshafen, IMM in Mainz and IMVT in Karlsruhe were very well received by the participants.


Concluding, IMRET 2018 was a great success. Hopefully the outcome of the conference will lead to even more fruitful cooperation between research groups all over the world, new approaches in research and development and last but not least many enriching friendships in the field of micro reaction technology.



Best Poster Award - International Conference on Micro Reaction Technology 2018

The colleagues Edgar Hansjosten, Achim Wenka, Andreas Hensel, Walther Benzinger, Michael Klumpp and Roland Dittmeyer have won one of three poster prizes at the International Conference on Micro Reaction Technology (IMRET) 2018 (21st - 24th of October, Karlsruhe) with more than 260 participants and over 100 posters. Congratulations!

Topic of the poster was "Tailored 3D Printed Fluid Guiding Elements for Process Intensification".



Link zur Dechema-Veranstaltung
Publication of IMVT researcher Dr. Alexander Navarrete awarded!

Energy Technology (Wiley) has selected the article “Harvesting Renewable Energy for Carbon Dioxide Catalysis" as one of the Best of 2017! The paper goes beyond a mere review of the technological advances in the transformation of carbon dioxide by means of Renewable Energy. It delves into the fundamentals of microwaves, plasmas, and light as sources of energy for catalytic transformations of CO2.  Moreover, the authors propose a new kind of reaction system, an energy‐harvesting device, as a way to redesign the current  catalytic processes into more efficient, flexible and scalable ones.



IMVT Spin-Off INERATEC wins the „Deutsche Gründerpreis 2018“ in the category Start-Ups

On September 11, 2018 this years winners of the „Deutsche Gründerpreis“ were announced in a celebration in Berlin. The German TV Station ZDF broadcasted the event live at 20:00 ( Our Spin-Off INERATEC GmbH was the winner in the category Start-Ups. In addition at 22:45 the decorated companies and founders were presented in a detailed feature report ( IMVT alumni Dr. Paolo Piermartini and Dr. Tim Böltken as well as their co-founder Philipp Engelkamp all had their say there and could explain our common vision of synthetic fuels from renewable power and carbon dioxide made in decentralized container-based plants very catchpenny. Moreover, in an interview broadcasted in ZDF Morgenmagazin on September 12, Dr. Böltken also talked about the development of the technology at KIT ( With this the success story INERATEC reaches another top, on which the Institute for Micro Process Engineering sincerely congratulates the founders. WOW!!


R. Dittmeyer


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