Laboratory of Thermal Process Engineering


The Laboratory of Thermal Process Engineering was established in November 2017 as a part of the Institute of Chemical Engineering and deals with questions related to new thermal separation processes. Multiple dividing wall columns, rotating separation devices and additive manufacturing are currently the main topics of our research. Within our research approach theoretical and experimental methods are contributing equally to reach our goal of deepened process understanding. The research interests of our group are triggered by the megatrends energy efficiency, modularization and flexibilization of chemical production processes. In this context we are attempting to close the gap between fundamental and application oriented research, keeping an eye on industrial relevance.

Head of Laboratory: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Grützner

Group Members


Head of Group

Name Contact
Grützner, Thomas Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Room: 47.2.225

Mail: thomas.gruetzner(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25702


Name Contact
Ränger, Lena Dr.-Ing.

Room: 47.0.104

Mail: lena.raenger(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25715

Scientific Co-Workers (PhD Students)

Name Contact
Ashour, Adel Mohamed M.Sc.

Room: 47.0.103

Mail: mohamed.ashour(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25445

Hamamah, Zaid M.Sc.

Room: 47.0.103

Mail: zaid.hamamah(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25445

Kügele, Simon M.Sc.

(external TH Ulm)

Room: W3.401

Mail: simon.kuegele(at)

Phone: 0731 50-28304

Mathlouthi, Gino M.Eng.

(external TH Ulm)

Room: W3.401

Mail: gino.mathlouthi(at)

Phone: 0731 50-16716

Neukäufer, Johannes, M.Sc.

Room: 47.0.104

Mail: johannes.neukaeufer(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25715

Trescher, Lea M.Sc.

Room: 47.0.105

Mail: lea.trescher(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25719

Waibel, Yannick M.Sc.

Room: 47.0.105

Mail: yannick.waibel(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25719

Technical Support

Name Contact
Järvinen, Olavi M.Eng.

Room: O25/634

Mail: olavi.jaervinen(at)

Phone: 0731 50-25704

Student Staff

  • Anna-Lena Mack B.Sc.
  • Dennis Stucke B.Sc.
  • Fatmaalzahraa Elsayed M.Sc.
  • Isabelle Chaye Ngadop
  • Melanie Fischer B.Sc.
  • Nia Bedzheva B.Sc.
  • Simon Hermann B.Sc.
  • Steffen Laubheimer


  • Prof. Dr. Igor Dejanovic, University of Zagreb (Sept. / Oct. 2019)
  • M.Sc. Goran Lukac, University of Zagreb (Sept. / Oct. 2019)


  • Bilal Ahmad M.Sc., now with "BWT Pharma & Biotech"
  • Ulrich Preißinger M.Eng., now with "Bayernoil"

We are always offering a wide variety of topics for your Bachelor- and Master-Thesis or for research internships. No matter if you want to focus your work on more experimental or more theoratical questions - do not hesitate to approach us.

Currently we offer theses from the following topics:

Additive manufacturing

  • Experimental investigation of separation efficiencies, liquid distribution and heat losses in 3D printed packings
  • Equipment design
  • CFD simulations

Multiple Dividing Wall column

  •     Multi-criteria optimization
  • Dynamic simulations
  • Operation of the pilot plant

Industrial Projects

  • Different projects - please contact us


We are located at "Uni West"

Albert-Einstein-Allee 47, 89081 Ulm, Germany, Building 47, Room 47.2.225