Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Grützner

Research Interests

The Laboratory of Thermal Process Engineering focuses on the following topics:

  • (Multiple) Dividing Wall Columns
  • Additive Manufacturing for applications in thermal separation processes
  • Rotating devices
  • Process Thermodynamics

Scientific Career

1994 - 1999Process Engineering studies at TH Nürnberg
1999 - 2001Process- and Chemical Engineering studies TU Clausthal
2001 - 2006Doctorate at the Institute of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Hasse), University of Stuttgart
2006 - 2017Employee of the division "Research & Development" of Lonza AG, Switzerland in different functions: Engineer responsible for thermal seperations equipment design, project manager and head of the competence center "Thermal Process Engineering"
since 2017

Professor at the Institute for Chemical Engineering, Ulm University

Head of the research group "Thermal Process Engineering"

Memberships, Functions and Services

  • Appointed member of the VDI / ProcessNet working party "Thermodynamik" (2015 - 2019)
  • Appointed member of the ProcessNet working party "Fluidverfahrenstechnik" (since 2018)
  • Member of the admission commitee "Chemical Engineering" at Ulm University
  • Member of the examination board "Chemical Engineering" at Ulm University
  • Member of the doctoral committee "Dr.-Ing." at Ulm University
  • Member of the board of topic editors of MDPI "ChemEngineering" Journal
  • Fellow of the Center for Energy Research and Technology, Ulm (since 2019)
  • Member of the organizing committee of the international conference "XIV Meeting of Young Chemical Engineers" in Zagreb, Croatia (2022)

Journal Reviewer

  • AIChE Journal
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quaterly
  • ChemBioEng Reviews
  • ChemEngineering
  • Chemical Engineering Journal
  • Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Design
  • Chemical Engineering Science
  • Chemie Ingenieur Technik
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Processes
  • Reviews in Chemical Engineering
  • Separation and Purification Technology


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Grützner
Deputy Director
Office: 47.2.225
Phone: +49 731/50-25702