Thesis in the Laboratory of Chemical Reaction Engineering

Open Theses

We always offer highly attractive topics within our current research projects, which are available for Bachelor or Master thesis, as well as for Research Internships. The methodological focus ranges from synthesis of solid catalysts, via the operation of apparatuses for chemical reactions as far as modeling and simulation of multiphase equipment. If you are interested in working with us on a highly relevant research topic, please do not hestitate to contact the respective responsible person listed below!

Note that Bachelor thesis are usually in German, despite the topics below are provided in English.

Legend for type: Ba - Bachelor thesis, Ma - Master thesis, Ri - Research internship, Exp - Experimental, MoSi - Modeling & Simulation, Con - Constructive or Conceptional

Topic and short description and related project Start Supervisor Type
Modeling and simulation of different aspects for the ammonia synthesis. The simulation work may either focus on a steady-state tubular reactor model or on the modeling of the ammonia adsorption in a dynamic CSTR. any date Theresa Kunz RiMa, MoSi
Efficient calculation of simultaneous reaction equilibria in reactor simulation by artificial intelligence methods. any date Theresa Kunz, Jens Friedland RiMa, MoSiCon
Implementation and simulation of an integral methanation reactor in the dynamic photo-assisted CO2 hydrogenation. any date Henning Becker RiMa, MoSi
Experimental investigation of the catalyst sorption characteristics and/or the temperature distribution within photoactive methanation catalysts. any date Henning Becker BaMa, Exp
Investigation of the adsorption-/desorption behaviour of Ni@SiO2 Core-Shell catalysts in comparison with impregnated Ni/SiO2 catalysts any date Max Gäßler BaMa, Exp
Modelling of a one-dimensional (1D) fixed-bed reactor model for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. any date Kerstin Wein RiMa, MoSi
Synthesis of innovative Co-based (core-shell) catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. any date Kerstin Wein BaMa, Exp
Development of a measuring method for the temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia for catalyst characterization. any date Kerstin Wein BaMa, ExpCon
Design and testing of an experimental setup for reactions with gases and liquids. any date Jens Friedland Ba, ExpCon
Analysis of the solution-diffusion mechanism in hazardous gas-liquid reactions mediated by a membrane. any date Jens Friedland Ma, MoSi
Magnetic nanoparticles in chemical reactors: suspensions with special properties. any date Jens Friedland BaMa, Exp
Experimental investigation of CO2 methanation using Fe-based core-shell catalysts. any date Tobias Heinz BaMa, Exp
Simulation of a transient 1D tubular reactor model for Fe-based CO2 methanation, after model implementation to MatLab and/or Python. The results shall be used to train artificial neural networks. any date Tobias Heinz BaMa, MoSi
Development of an in situ measurement unit for reaction experiments under methanation conditions (i.e., 1 bar, 450 °C) to determine magnetic properties of the active compounds. upon agreement Tobias Heinz RiMa, ExpCon

Running Theses

Titel Student Type
Modellgestützte Entwicklung eines thermischen Betriebskonzepts zur Herstellung von Methan auf dem Mars Samuel Prinz Ba, MoSiCon
Numerische Simulation der katalytischen Wasserstoffperoxidzersetzung in dynamischen Lastszenarien von Hybridraketenantrieben Thomas-Oliver Nagel Ba, MoSi
Separation of Fe@SiO2 magnetic nanoparticles in batch and continuous operation Paul Mbongalle Sone Ma, Exp
Reaktionstechnische Untersuchung eines Rutheniumkatalysators für die katalytische Ammoniakzersetzung Tariq Aloraini Ba, Exp
Konzeptionierung einer Möglichkeit zur Wasserdosierung in einer Versuchsanlage zur dynamischen Methanisierung Emmanuel Stripling Ba, ExpCon
Automatische Auswertemethode zur Erkennung von Core-Shell-Partikeln, Bestimmung der Partikelgrößen und Volumenverhältnisse aus TEM-Bildern mit Hilfe künstlicher neuronaler Netze Patrick Hackenberg Ba, ConMoSi
Herstellung und Vergleich Ruthenium-basierter Titandioxid-Katalysatorschichten für den Einsatz bei der photoassistierten Methanisierung Lorraine Arzner Ba, Exp
Reaktionstechnische und thermodynamische Analyse von Verfahren zur nachhaltigen Herstellung von Polyethylen Micha Bertele Ba, Exp

Example Gallery (Selection)

Methane Synthesis on Mars

The Bachelor thesis (Ba-MoSi 2021 in German) analyzed a chemical reactor for synthesis of methane on Mars using the Aspen Plus simulation software. The conditions at Mars are really exciting for chemical reaction engineers.

Chemical Rollercoaster

The Master thesis (Ma-MoSiExp 2021) investigated the oxidation of methane into syngas at temperatures up to 1000°C for application in chemical looping. Syngas can be used in a next step for e-fuels synthesis.

Continuous Particle Synthesis

Based on a Bachlor thesis (Ba-Exp 2016 in German) we published a scientific paper in May 2017 on the continuous synthesis of nanostructured Co3O4@SiO2 core-shell particles using a laminar-flow reactor.

Highly Dynamic Experiments

Very fast periodic experiments allow to analyze the elementary steps in heterogeneous catalysis resolved for each individuel reactand, which was done in a Master thesis (Ma-Exp 2021).

Dynamic Reactor Behavior

In August 2017 we successfully published a scientific paper analyzing the dynamic behavior of continuously stirred tank reactors based on a Bachelor thesis (Ba-MoSi 2016 in German).

Limited by Chemical Equilibrium?

If yes: The Master thesis (Ma-Exp 2021) investigated sorption-enhanced methanation, in order to shift the chemical equilibrium towards the product side. The challenge is the dynamic operation of the reactor, which is then needed.