Images: 2. RUHR-Symposium

Almost nothing works without it: in more than 80 Percent of all processes in chemical industry catalysts helps to speed-up the reaction or puts them in the first place in transition. Therefore the functional materials for catalysis were the focus of the 2nd RUHR-Symposium which took place on October 28, 2015 in Duisburg Campus, and which was organized by Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) and Center for Automotive Research (CAR). About 150 participants from science and industry areas attended numerous lectures, gathered information about and discussed new concepts, developments and applications of Functional Materials.

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl (left), founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, spoke about the scientific and application-related aspects of heterogeneous catalysis. "Does the change of energy make energy-intensive businesses dispensable?", however, asked Michael Schmidt, CEO at BP Europa SE.


New concepts, developments and applications of Functional Materials were discussed. The key issues were the questions about energy storage, emission control of autos, catalysis of the noble metals and also about technically homogeneous catalysis, synthetic fuels and biomass.


Dr.-Ing Reinhold Achatz (left), Head of Corporate Function Technology, Innovation & Sustainability JSC ThyssenKrupp during the energy storage session on the topic about Hüttengase as a row material. His scientific tandem partner Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens, Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen, lectured about catalysts for Power-to-Chemicals.


The second session about emission control of autos was opened by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Grünert, Department of Technical Chemistry at the Ruhr-University Bochum, with a topic about catalytically reduction of nitrogen oxide in oxidizing exhausted flows.


Speech about the exhaust after treatment of diesel vehicles: Dr. Anke Wörz, Development Manager for Automotive Catalysts from Umicore AG & Co. KG.


During the session about catalysis of the noble metals professional question came from the audience: Dr. Rainer Kiemel (center), Director R & D Catalysts Heraeus Germany GmbH & Co. KG, and CENIDE Board Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Barcikowski (right), Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen, who was also the moderator of the event.


About the benefits of biomass as alternate energy source lectured Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research and also vice-president of Max-Planck-Society.


Prof. Dr. Leslaw Mleczko, catalysis expert of Bayer Technology Services GmbH, with his lecture about the catalysis for sustainable chemical industry.


Tandem lecture by Prof. Dr. Arno Behr (right), Department of Chemical Engineering at TU Dortmund, and Prof. Dr. Robert Franke (left), Head of Research & Innovation Hydroformylation in Industrial Chemicals Business Unit of Evonik Industries AG, in the session about technically homogenous catalysis covered diverse Program.

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