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Second BIOGO leaflet

available as pdf download

First BIOGO leaflet

available as pdf download

BIOGO 6 month meeting

at Warwick University, July 8th to 9th

BIOGO launch press release

Read the press release referring to the Launch of the BIOGO Project.


Ruhr-University Bochum Profile

The Ruhr-University Bochum is a highly renowned higher education and research organization with over 38000 students located in the industrial heart of Germany, the Ruhr area. The Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry at the RUB performs fundamental research in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and aims to develop catalysts based on mechanistic insight. The scientific challenge is the elucidation of the reactions on the atomic level and their interplay with the complex surface chemistry of heterogeneous catalysts, which usually consist of many phases and components, often present as nanoparticles or as X-ray amorphous layers.
The examined reactions belong to industrial redox chemistry. Reduction catalysis comprises methanol synthesis, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, or the synthesis of higher alcohols. Oxidation catalysis focuses on the selective oxidation of propene and methanol, the oxidative dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons, or the selective oxidation of alcohols in the gas phase and in the liquid phase. Recently, we entered the fields of electrocatalysis and heterogeneous photocatalysis. Liquid-phase oxidation and electrocatalysis require a deeper understanding of solvation-related phenomena.
For the synthesis of catalysts a large repertoire of methods is available including chemical vapor deposition, spray drying and precipitation performed in a cascade of micromixers. In recent years the catalytic growth and surface modification of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has become a major topic due to the numerous applications of CNTs in electrocatalysis. All the necessary routine techniques for catalyst characterization are available with a strong focus on sorption techniques.
For improving the catalysts we first of all study steady-state kinetics. Numerous continuously operated flow set-ups with online analytics are available, which allow screening the parameter space efficiently under full computer control using LabVIEW. The role of the various elementary steps is investigated by applying transient kinetic methods such as temperature-programmed reactor operation, and dosing pulses and concentration steps. For these methods we strongly rely on fast online mass spectrometry. In addition, we try to gain as much spectroscopic information as possible using mainly FTIR and photoelectron spectroscopy. Recently, static and dynamic microcalorimetry have been developed into versatile tools to probe the surface properties quantitatively.


Contribution to BIOGO

In BIOGO RUB contributes to the catalyst development and testing for alcohol synthesis. In WP2 RUB will develop an alternative poison-resistant and stable catalyst for the conversion of syngas to methanol. In addition, catalysts from WP2 will be modified in WP4 to enable and control chain lengthening for the formation of higher alcohols from syngas. Besides the technical perspective, RUB is also WP4 leader "Conversion of Syngas to higher linear alcohols".


Main contact

Professor Dr. Martin Muhler
Tel: +49 234 32 26745
Fax: +49 234 32 14115
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