23.02.2024 Event Announcement

34th CHEMampere Colloquium

Dr. Daniel Lust 

"Advancing Sustainable Energy - Stadtwerke Stuttgart's Hydrogen-Powered Solutions"

We are excited to announce that Dr. Daniel Lust, Project Manager for Hydrogen at Stadtwerke Stuttgart, will be delivering a talk at the 34th CHEMampere Colloquium on February 23rd.

Dr. Lust's presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of Stadtwerke Stuttgart's pioneering initiatives in the field of sustainable energy solutions, with a particular focus on their endeavors in utilizing hydrogen as a key energy carrier. As the Project Manager for Hydrogen, Dr. Lust will delve into the strategic importance of hydrogen in achieving carbon neutrality, highlighting the role it plays in the local context of Stuttgart.
 
Key Topics to be Covered
 

  • Local Hydrogen Production and Distribution Insights into projects like H2 GeNeSiS and their impact on regional hydrogen infrastructure.
  • Hydrogen as a Transport Medium Exploration of innovative approaches, including the potential use of ammonia, for transporting hydrogen from external sources to Stuttgart.
  • Stadtwerke Stuttgart's Commitment to Sustainability A closer look at the company's active role in aligning with the city's climate roadmap and contributing to the goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2035.

 
Dr. Daniel Lust's expertise and Stadtwerke Stuttgart's progressive initiatives promise an insightful session, shedding light on the future of sustainable energy solutions.
 
We look forward to your participation in this informative session on February 23rd.

 

13:30 h at the library of the Insitute of Chemical Technology, University of Stuttgart
Link for virtual attendance available upon request 

02.02.2024

33rd CHEMampere Colloquium

Qinhao Chen 

"From mechanistic insights to the scalable manufacturing of gas diffusion electrodes for formic acid production."

Qinhao Chen has been a Ph.D. candidate at the German Aerospace Center since 2021, focusing on the electrochemical reduction of CO2. Simultaneously, he actively contributes to the AAcid (Elektrochemische CO2-Nutzung zu Ameisensäure) and the ProMet (CO2 zu Propen via eMethanol) projects. Previously, he received his Master’s degree from TU Munich, where he delved into the exploration of other electrochemical systems, including water electrolyzer and fuel cell. In our 33rd CHEMampere Colloquium, he would like to share the latest findings from his research on mechanistic insights and the scalable manufacturing of gas diffusion electrodes for formic acid production.

 

13:30 h at the library of the Insitute of Chemical Technology, University of Stuttgart
Link for virtual attendance available upon request 

06.11.2023

Dr. Kurt Wagemann 

"The Role of Hydrogen for a Climate Neutral Germany in 2045."

During this colloquium, attendees can anticipate gaining valuable insights into the latest advancements in sustainable chemistry and renewable energy. Dr. Kurt Wagemann, a distinguished speaker from Dechema e.V., will explore the pivotal role of hydrogen in achieving a sustainable and climate-neutral future. His presentation promises an enlightening and engaging discussion.

Moreover, the event offers a platform for attendees to not only understand the importance of hydrogen in the transition to a climate-neutral society but also actively participate in a meaningful discussion and exchange of ideas with fellow professionals. This GDCh event will inspire, educate, and facilitate networking among individuals who share a common interest in these critical fields.


 

22.06.2023

CHEMampere Colloquium 

Professor Dr. Natalie Germann to Speak at CHEMampere Colloquium on 30th of June 2023 

We are delighted to announce that Univ.-Prof. Dr. Natalie Germann will be delivering a speech at the upcoming CHEMampere Colloquium on June 30th. 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Natalie Germann is a distinguished scholar and currently holds the position of full professor in process systems engineering with leadership responsibilities at the University of Stuttgart. With an impressive academic background, she obtained her PhD in food process engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in 2011, following her studies in food science at the same institution. 

Having gained international research experience, Prof. Germann served as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Delaware, USA, from 2011 to 2014. Subsequently, she held the position of professor and head of the Fluid Dynamics of Complex Biosystems group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) until 2021. 

The focus of Prof. Germann's research lies in investigating soft materials of industrial importance. Her work aims to unravel the intricate relationship between internal structural and macroscopic material properties, with a particular emphasis on optimizing processing methods to achieve desired product properties. Her research approach combines thermodynamic modeling, numerical simulation, and experimental techniques, paving the way for advancements in industrial processes. 

The CHEMampere Colloquium provides an ideal platform for Prof. Germann to highlight the synergies between her research and the activities of the CHEMampere research initiative. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the cutting-edge advancements and gain insights from Prof. Germann's extensive knowledge and expertise. 


If you want to get in touch with the initiative or want to join the colloquium please use our contact form or write to our Scientific Coordinator Dr. Rößner.

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Natalie Germann


 

16.06.2023

CHEMampere Colloquium hosted Prof. Po Wen Cheng with a talk on the Future of Wind Energy! 


We had the pleasure of engaging in a captivating discussion today with Prof. Po Wen Cheng, a renowned expert in the field of wind energy, and we want to share some of the concepts we explored regarding the future of this renewable energy source.


One of the key areas we delved into was the potential of floating wind turbines, which offer tremendous possibilities for expanding offshore wind power generation. Prof. Cheng shared fascinating insights into the technology and its ability to harness stronger and more consistent winds found further out at sea. This advancement could unlock vast untapped wind resources and drive the growth of renewable energy.


Being a part of the CHEMampere Initiative, our discussion naturally revolved around leveraging wind energy for sustainable chemical production. We brainstormed scenarios for integrating wind power into the existing grid infrastructure, ensuring a stable and consistent supply of renewable energy. Additionally, we explored the concept of direct power-to-x processes, whereby wind energy can be utilized to produce value-added molecules directly. This coupling of wind energy with chemical processes holds tremendous potential for reducing carbon emissions and advancing the sustainable production of chemicals.


We look forward to exploring the possibilities and collaborations that lie ahead as we continue to drive the adoption of wind energy and its integration with the CHEMampere Initiative's vision of sustainable chemical production. Let's harness the power of the wind to create a greener and more sustainable future! 

 

26.05.2023 

CHEMampere continues as Stuttgart Research Partnership!

 

In a joint session the research council and cooperation council of the university of stuttgart recommended the CHEMampere Inititative to be continued as a Stuttgart Research Partnership (SRP) for another 5 years. The rectorate decided to follow the recommendation and we are happy to announce, that we will continue our effort to bring together researchers and experts and initiate new research that is crucial for the electrification and decarbonization of our economy.



About CHEMampere


By 2050, the chemical industry should operate in a climate-neutral fashion, which means phasing-out fossil oil, gas, and coal. Therefore, alternative carbon sources and renewable energy have to be utilized in order to replace fossil reserves. A new Stuttgart Research Initiative, named CHEMAmpere, will elaborate on the concept of such a future chemical factory, both from a fundamental and application-oriented standpoint. The University of Stuttgart, German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW), and the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) will be involved in the initiative.
 

CHEMampere aims to develop technologies for the sustainable CO2-neutral production of chemicals. The concept of this research initiative is based on the use of renewable electricity as a secondary energy form to activate the non-fossil and readily available raw materials CO2, H2O, O2, and N2. CHEMampere focuses on three electrical production technologies:

Plasma processes
Electrolysis processes 
Electrically heated reactors


CHEMampere special series article has been published!

Early in 2022, the CHEMampere team published a manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering detailing the motivations and goals of the CHEMampere initiative. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art of the three main technologies (plasma, electrolysis and ohmic heating of catalysts) pursued by CHEMampere is discussed, highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each as well as giving some timeframe estimates as to when such technologies can be expected to reach industrial-scale maturity, based on the experience of the CHEMampere collaborators.

CHEMampere partners develop new method to replace natural gas in the chemical industry

It is with great satisfaction that we announce that in May 2022 the CHEMampere partners of the Institute for Photovoltaics (IPV) of the University of Stuttgart, via their spin-off "Cyclize", were awarded EXIST transfer of research funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.

The funded research aims to replace natural gas as a raw material in the chemical industry with plastic waste and exhaust gas CO2 to close the carbon cycle. This is done with the use of a newly developed plasma process, developed by three young researchers – Maike Lambarth, Stephan Renninger, and Jan Stein – from the Institute for Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart.

The team at CHEMampere wishes the Cyclize team all the best in the future endeavors to bring this newly developed technology to industrial maturity!

For more information on CHEMampere, please take a look at 

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