IKFT 09-18 Bachelor / Master Thesis zum Thema: Reaction kinetic modelling for catalytic conversion of CO2-rich synthesis gas to methanol and dimethyl ether

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Employer: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - KIT - Helmholtz Association
Location: Germany
Publication date: 22 Nov 2018
Work group:

Institute of Catalysis Research und Technology (IKFT)

Area of research:

Diploma & Master Thesis

Job description:

The “Scale-up of Catalytic Processes" group at Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) focus its research in the conversion of CO2-rich syngas to fuel compounds and important chemicals such as methanol and dimethylether (DME) at lab-scale using both commercial and in-house prepared catalysts.

Our current work is targeting broad validation of the results from lab-scale experiments including reactor modelling and process simulation. The numerical simulations are performed using commercially available software, e.g. PRESTO-KINETICS, MATLAB, ASPEN and DETCHEM and are used to deliver a basis for process and reactor optimization.


Responsibilities involve:

- Literature Research
- Assessment of reaction kinetic models available in the open literature
- Reaction kinetic modeling of the methanol and DME synthesis
- Results evaluation and discussing

Chemical and process engineering or in a related area. Basic knowledge in technical chemistry, experience in programing and simulation (e.g. Matlab, PRESTO…), as well as in catalysis are desired. Besides the professional qualification, strong commitment, independent and self-responsible working are expected.

Contract Duration:

6 months according to study regulations


German or English

Contact person:

Nirvana Delgado, IKFT
Tel.: 0721 608-26505
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