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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 dittmeyerXjv5∂kit edu




Nina Molina Jaramillo

 „Screening of inkjet-printed catalyst thin film on ceramic nanofiltration membranes for photocatalytic pollutant degradation"


29.08.2019, 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.




DFG Research Unit "ProMiSe" enters the second round

On 2 July, the DFG Main Committee approved the continuation of DFG Research Unit 2383 "Assessing and Controlling Dynamic Local Process Conditions in Microreactors via Novel Integrated Microsensors (ProMiSe)" for a further three years. The Research Unit is being launched with four subprojects across locations in Karlsruhe and Freiburg in the second funding phase, which begins on 1 August. The focus is on multiphase systems in microchannels in evaporation, heterogeneous catalysis, photochemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. Microsensors and microoptical analysis systems are used to monitor these processes space- and time-resolved. Furthermore, model-based process control and process guidance shall be demonstrated based on the local data.

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Die ‚Crowd Oil‘-Vision im Podcast

Dezentral und gekoppelt an Gebäudeinfrastruktur könnten zukünftig klimaneutrale Kraftstoffe aus CO2 hergestellt werden. Durch die dezentrale Struktur und die Kopplung an Gebäude würde eine Vielzahl neuer Akteur*innen für die Energiewende mobilisiert. Der Ertrag der Anlagen würde von den individuellen Akteur*innen oder gemeinschaftlich erwirtschaftet. Roland Dittmeyer, Michael Klumpp & Paul Kant sprechen mit Frank Thelen im Podcast ausführlich über diese technische und gesellschaftliche Vision von ‚Crowd Oil‘.

Der Podcast ist auf der Website von Frank Thelen unter verfügbar.

Die Original-Veröffentlichung ‚Crowd Oil not Crude Oil‘ ist unter verfügbar.







ICCMR-14 Best Oral Presentation Award for PhD Candidate Xiang Zhan

Photo: © Linkedin account ICCMR Eindhoven


For his presentation entitled „Degradation of Micropollutant in a Novel Microstructured Photocatalytic Membrane Reactor" on Wednesday, July 10, PhD candidate Xiang Zhan has won one of the two oral presentation awards of the 14th International Conference on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors taking place from July 8 - 11 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Xiang gave a very concise and elaborate presentation of his work with a special focus on process aspects of micropollutant degradation which evidently convinced the jury. A major point in his presentation was the reactor system developed with the help of many colleagues at IMVT. Thanks to everyone who was involved and congratulations to Xiang!






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

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.

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