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POLIGOM - porous lignous organic materials

We are proud to announce that our bilateral German-Austrian research project POLIGOM - porous lignous organic materials - was granted! We are thankful to IraSME, the German AiF-ZIM as well as the Austrian FFG for the funding. The project involves 3 research institutions, 3 SMEs as well as 2 large companies and is planned for two years, starting in october 2019. For the first time, this project aims to develop innovative, lignin-based and highly porous materials for construction, packaging and acoustics tailored to the needs of the market.

Aerogels Summer School at MUCTR

On 21-23 August 2019 the International Youth Summer School “Aerogels: from laboratory to industry” will take place in Moscow, Russia, for the second time. The Summer School will focus on various aerogels applications, modeling, commercialization and transfer to industry. Among the participants of the first Summer School in 2017 were representatives from different countries – Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Serbia, France, India, Turkey, Norway. MUCTR is glad to continue this practice, which contributes to the long-term development of relations in the framework of international cooperation, the unification of representatives of the Russian and foreign aerogel community.

Conference chairs will be Prof. Dr. Menshutina Natalia, Mendeleev University, and Prof. Dr. Irina Smirnova, Hamburg University of Technology.

The team at MUCTR really wants to meet with everybody in Moscow. They are planning both a rich scientific program and interesting cultural events. More info about the conference at: Aerogel school 2019_Moscow (PDF)

European Summer School in High Pressure Technology

From 07.07. - 21.07.2019 the "European Summer School in High Pressure Technology" (ESS-HPT) took place in Maribor (Slovenia) and Graz (Austria). The event was organized by Prof. Dr. Thomas Gamse (Graz University of Technology, Institute for Chemical Process Engineering and Environmental Technology) in cooperation with employees of Maribor University of Technology.

22 participants from all over Europe attended. From our institute M. Sc. Tim Kuczynski, M. Sc. Philip Pein and Dr. Baldur Schroeter participated and presented their scientific work in short lectures and publications (List of lectures and publications). 

The teaching team consisted of 22 lecturers: from our working group Junior Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov and Dr. Carsten Zetzl gave presentations in the fields of aerogels and separation processes. Besides the theoretical part, there was also the opportunity to see and discuss high pressure processes in practice at NATEX Prozesstechnologie GesmbH.

ESS-HPT was a great opportunity to meet scientists in the high pressure field, allowing for scientific and intercultural exchange. Many thanks go to the organizers from TU Graz and Maribor teams for the great organization and event, as well as NATEX Prozesstechnologie GesmbH and EFCE for funding!

Lectures Junior Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov

1) Processing of Aerogels by Supercritical Fluid Technology and their Applications

2) Thermodynamic Aspects of Supercritical Fluid Chromatography

Lectures Dr. Carsten Zetzl

1) Countercurrent SCF Extraction - Comparison and Pros to Conventional Processes

2) Innovative Supercritical Separation Processes for Energy and Resource Reduction

Presentations:

M. Sc. Tim Kuczynski: Development and economical analysis of aerogel production

M. Sc. Philip Pein: Hydrothermal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass and valorization of hemicellulose hydrolysates

Dr. Baldur Schroeter: Characterization and modelling of JetCutting process for the continuous production of spherical, biopolymer based aerogels

Theses offer at TVT Institute

Are you looking for a topic for your bachelor or master thesis? Click on the following link to have a look at the topics that are still available at our institute! Sure you will find all of them very interesting!

ERASMUS - Here all the info!

Are you planning to go on Erasmus but you do not know where to get the information from? Click on the following Link to have an overview about it, which documents you may need and to know the people you need to contact in case you have questions!

Visit from Prof. Walter Chapman + Lecture

We are very happy to announce that Prof. Walter Chapman will visit our institute during the whole month of June and he will give a lecture at the VT-Kolloquium on 6th June at 17:00. He is the pioner of the Statistical Associating Fluid Theory (SAFT), which is a powerful equation of state model for thermodynamic property and phase equilibria calculations for fluid mixtures. SAFT has been especially successful in some engineering applications for which other classical EoSs failed. PC-SAFT is an Equation of State based on this theory.

Brief biography of Prof. Chapman:

Professor Walter G. Chapman is the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Director of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute and Associate Dean for Energy Research at Rice University. Among his recognitions are multiple teaching awards and an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Clemson University where he received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1983. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University in 1988. After spending two years as a Research Engineer with Shell Development Company, he joined the Rice faculty in 1990. In 2011, Dr. Chapman received the George R. Brown School of Engineering Award for Superior Teaching. Professor Chapman's research into properties and interfacial structure of complex fluids has applications in the energy and high performance materials industries.

Research summary:

Dr. Chapman’s research group uses tools such as molecular simulation, computer visualization, statistical mechanics, and NMR to discover how material properties and structure depend on molecular forces. Professor Chapman’s present research program focuses polymer solutions and blends, associating fluids, confined fluids, natural gas hydrates and asphaltenes.

You can find more information about his research group at: RICE university - Walter Chapman 

Dr. Wienke Reynolds

Our TVT family has grown with a new doctor! On May 23rd 2019, Wienke Reynolds has successfully defended her doctoral thesis "Modeling and scale-up of hydrothermal pretreatment in compressible lignocellulosic biomass fixed-beds with changing properties".

Congratulations, Dr. Reynolds!

LignoPure won the Future Award 2019 - Congratulations!

Our Lignopure startup won a Future Hamburg Award, the ceremony took place last week at the OMR festival in Hamburg. Our colleagues Joana Gil, Wienke Reynolds and Stefan Boersting presented the startup and their biobased innovations at this event and received very positive response from the audience. The Future Hamburg Award 2019 went to three European startups, of 120 applicants from all over the world, Lignopure was positioned in the second place. The program is aimed at pioneering founders from all over the world and helps them launch on the Hamburg market, which hosts one of Europe’s most dynamic and strongest start-up ecosystems. The startups will receive the tailor-made support “Start me up in Hamburg” which is adapted to the specific needs of the team. Our colleagues will also receive high-end business coaching, professional pitch training and up to six months of free co-working space as well as access to exclusive networking events.

Click on the following link if you want to read more information about it. Congratulations!

LAUNCHING COST ACTION 18125 AERoGELS

36 countries have confirmed their participation in the Horizon2020-funded COST Action (ref. 18125) launched project on 30th April 2019 in Brussels. 42 members of the Management Committee have participated in the kick-off meeting of the project entitled Advanced Engineering and Research of aeroGels for Environment and Life Sciences. During the day, MC has elected the projects’ Chair: Prof. Carlos Garcia; Vice-Chair: Prof. Irina Smirnova, Science communication manager, STSM Coordinator, ITC Conference manager and WG Leaders to establish the Core management group. Short and long term plans were established to fulfill the activities of the launched project. Click here if you would like to read more about it.

AERoGELS

AERoGELS is intended to bring together the knowledge on research and technology of aerogels at the European level from academia, industry and regulatory experts. The full potential of these special class of nanostructured mesoporous materials are still to be assessed for various additional applications. In this Action, the use of aerogels will be specifically explored in the context of environmental and life sciences applications joining the knowledge and efforts of the most renowned experts on cutting-edge aerogel technology, on advanced characterization of materials as well as on biomedical and environmental research. Aerogels will be assessed from a materials performance point of view but also regarding health and environmental implications. AERoGELS COST ACTION 18125 will set a forum to disseminate knowledge to society and to train European young researchers on research, innovation and entrepreneurial skills via technical schools, publications and STSM exchanges.

The interdisciplinary collaborations to be promoted within this Action are expected to yield innovative and integrated solutions for environment and for life sciences. The long-term scope of this Action is to develop an aerogel technology able to improve the welfare of European people and to move towards cleaner and smarter production in Europe.

Presentation Master thesis

On 7th May at 11:00, Marianne Nassar will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "Consistent Temperature-dependent Mean Ionic Activity Coefficients for Aqueous Systems: Evaluation and Refinement with COSMO-RS-ES". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 26th April at 10:00, Prakhar Pouranick will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Investigation of different thin film composite membranes for the separation of climate-active components from gas mixtures". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Doctoral presentations of the FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering"

On 25th April at 17:15, M.Sc. Tamara Athamneh and M.Sc. Sheila Ruiz Barbero will present their doctoral theses in the FSP seminar "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering" on the following topics:

- Tamara Athamneh: Alginate and hybrid alginate-hyaluronic acid aerogel microspheres as potential carrier for pulmonary drug delivery

- Sheila Ruiz Barbero: Solubility and sorption kinetics in complex media.

The presentations will take place in building A room 1.19.1. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 23rd April at 9:30, Daniel Delgado will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Two step Liquid Hot Water Hydrolysis of Wheat Straw in a Lignin Biorefinery Cascade". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

EU project "Nanohybrids" concluded with presentations at Partec and PowTech in Nuremberg

In cooperation with well-known industrial partners, the European research project NanoHybrids has successfully developed production systems for organic aerogel particles and manufactured larger quantities of these novel materials for the first time. This represents an important step towards industrial mass production and application of particulate aerogels by the industrial and research consortium. Results and products have been presented to a specialist audience at PARTEC and POWTECH on 9–11 April 2019. Click here to read more information about it.

Dr. Raman Subrahmanyam

Our TVT family has grown with a new doctor! On April 5th 2019, Raman Subrahmanyam has successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Evaluation of CO2 driven processes for the production of biopolymeric mesoporous networks".

Congratulations, Dr. Subrahmanyam!

Presentation Master thesis

On 4th April at 13:00, Anja Hajnal will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "Analysis of the supercritical drying kinetics for the production of aerogels". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Jun Prof. Pavel Gurikov - Siegfried-Peter-Preis

We are very happy to congratulate to our Jun Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov, who has been awared with the "Siegfried-Peter-Preis" in the last ProcessNet with the topics of Adsorption and High pressure processes celebrated in Freiberg from the 18th to the 20th of February. A brief description of the prize is given below. Congratulations!

Siegfried-Peter-prize for Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov for pioneering research

Siegfried-Peter-Preis

In Erinnerung an seine großartigen Leistungen verleiht der ProcessNet-Fachausschuss Hochdruckverfahrenstechnik im Namen der Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Stiftung der Friedrich-Alexander-Unviersität Erlangen-Nürnberg den Professor-Siegfried-Peter-Preis.

Der Preis soll einen Wissenschaftler bzw. eine Wissenschaftlerin für herausragende, zukunftsweisende und publizierte Forschungsergebnisse auf dem Gebiet der Hochdruckverfahrenstechnik auszeichnen. Informationen zur Teilnahmevoraussetzung und zur Antragsstellung erhalten Sie hier.

Best oral presentation in "Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy Session"

Tamara Athamneh has won the award for the best oral presentation at the Pharmacy Fourth International Conference at Applied Science Private University on 6-7th January 2019 for her oral presentation "Preparation and Characterization of Alginate- Hyaluronic Acid Nanoporous Microspheres as Potential Carrier for Pulmonary Drug Delivery Using Supercritical Fluid Technology". Congratulations! 

 

Summary of 2018 - V8

As the year is coming to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to give you a short overview about our achivements and updates of 2018.

During the last year, four new staff members have been joined our research group: Tim Kuczynski, Michał Blatkiewicz, Andres Gonzalez de Castilla, and Baldur Schröter. Moreover, we had many visitors from all over the world:

  • Isaac Cuadra Mendoza (University of Madrid, Spain, 6 months)
  • Clara López Iglesias (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 3 months)
  • DSc. Juliane Viganó (University of Campinas, Brazil, 6 months)
  • Professor Patrina Paraskevopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, 3 months)
  • Dr. Ebrahim Abouzari-Loft (Center for Hydrogen Economy, University Teknologi Malaysia, 1 month)
  • Students from Bulgaria

Apart from this,12 master theses and 15 project and bachelor theses have been successfully defended, congratulations to everyone! Especially, we would like to congratulate our recent Dr. Thomas Gerlach. We wish you the best in the future!

Many awards were achieved within this year:

  • Founding of "Gerd Brunner Lecture"
  • Alberto Bueno: Jerry King Poster Prize - 12th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids
  • Miaotian Sun: Best Poster Award "4th International Seminar on Aerogels"
  • Sheila Ruiz Barbero: "Poster Award - 6th Workshop of FSP" Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering "
  • Joana Gil and Wienke Reynolds: "Science4Life award"
  • Dr. René Heils: VAA Excellence Award 2018
  • Humboldt Research Award for Prof. Walter Chapman

As this is not enough, we would also like to mention that:

  • 21 new publications have been published this year in the group of Prof. Smirnova
  • 3 patents filed (two with BASF and one from the biorefinery group)
  • Working in Editorial Boards of Journals: Jun.Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov in "Hydrogels" and "Gels", and Prof. Irina Smirnova in "Annual Reviews in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering", "Journal of Supercritical Fluids" and "Industrial and Chemistry Research"
  • The 4th International Seminar on Aerogels took place in our University between 24th-26th September
  • Foundation of Aerogelex and BioMP
  • LignoPure initiative (+NDR Beitrag)
  • Regular meetings of all 3 clusters (biorefinery 2021, Nanohybrids, aerogels for energy efficiency)

With all these good news, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming 2019!

 

Presentation Prof. Pfennig

On 17th January, Prof. Pfennig will visit our institute and he will give a presentation at 17:00 in the VT-Kolloqium. Have a look at the abstract if you are interested in!

Dr. René Heils, VAA-Excellence Award 2018

Our ex-coworker, Dr. René Heils, was awarded with the VAA-Excellence Award 2018 on 9th November in Cologne for his outstanding research work on the topic "Process development for the integration of enzymatically catalyzed reactions in the reactive rectification". Congratulations!

Science4Life award

The Team of LignoPure, Joana Gil and Wienke Reynolds, has won the Science4Life award for one of the best business ideas. For more information, visit the website of Science4Life and/or LignoPure. Congratulation!

DFG funds TUHH-Graduate College

The DFG supports the interdisciplinary Research Training Group "Processes in Natural and Technical Particle Fluid Systems (PintPFS)" of the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) and is funding 15 graduate programs nationwide from April 2019. We are happy to be part of this GRK!

Click on the following link to read more about it!

Kunststoffe aus Stroh statt aus Mineralöl - television appeal on NDR

Our coworkers and founders or "LignoPure", Wienke Reynolds and Joana Gil, have presented their work with lignin in the channel from Hamburg "NRD" about the production and use of lignin to avoid mineral oil. This is only a small part of the research of the biorefinery group. Click on the following link to see their contribution. 

Poster Awards - 6th Workshop of FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering"

Sheila Ruiz Barbero has won the award for the third best poster at the 6th Workshop of FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering" on 25th October 2018 for her poster "Formation and stability of foams in complex media". Congratulations!

Most downloaded papers - J. Sup. Fluids

Our paper Aerogel production: Current status, research directions, and future opportunities, written by Prof. Smirnova and Jun.Prof. Gurikov, has become one of the most downloaded papers of the Journal of Supercritical Fluids. Congratulations!

Presentation Master thesis

On 12th November at 15:00, Diana Liedtke will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "Production of aerogel particles for food application: Geletion process and post functionalication". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 9th November at 10:30, Julia Karnetzke will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "Kombination von Stimuli-Responsiven Hydrogelen und 3D-Druck zur Entwicklung intelligenter Reaktoren". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 18th October at 14:00, Natalie Seide will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "Untersuchung von Verfahren zur Aufbereitung eines Reaktionsproduktes nach der extraktiven Biokatalyse". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Summary - 4th International Seminar on Aerogels

The 4th International Seminar on Aerogels was celebrated from 24th-26th September in our University. Click on the following links to know more about the event and some of the talks given in the conference.

Press release “International researchers meet in Hamburg to discuss aerogels, the materials of the future

- Aerogels as high-performance insulation materials by BASF

- Optimizing nanomaterials-based electrodes for electrochemical energy storage and conversion

- Cellulose aerogels - Shaping and properties for tailored application

Presentation Bachelor thesis

On 11th October at 9:30, Alina Bornkeßel will present the results of her bachelor's thesis with the title: "Untersuchung der Einflussparameter der Jet-Cutting Methode auf die Eigenschaften von Pektingelpartikeln zur Aerogelherstellung". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 9th October at 9:00, Yoana Todorova will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "A Study on Impregnation of Rosmarinic Acid on Porous Materials". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Nanohybrids - Stimulating knowledge transfer on aerogels

The NanoHybrids Consortium and their research colleagues beyond the project have a strong interest to enhance and distribute the knowledge on their fascinating research area much wider. Have a look at following link to know more about their research!

Presentation Master thesis

On 27th September at 8:30, Amelie Kenkel will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "Adaptation of Polysaccharide Gelation in Emulsions for Production of Cellulose Aerogel Microparticles". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

4th International Seminar on Aerogels

The 4th International Seminar on Aerogels will take place in Hamburg on 24-26. September 2018 and it is fast approaching. Click on the video from a previous aerogel conference organized in Hamburg in 2014 if you want to have an idea about it!

More info at Seminar Aerogels 2018

Presentation project work

On 21th August at 9:30, Daudi Masinde will present the results of his project work with the title: "Post Treatment Of Wheat Straw And Softwood Biomass From Liquid Hot Water Pretreatment Towards Enhanced Lignin Extraction". The presentation will take place in room 283 and will be held in English. Everyone is invited!

Research - Polyurethanes with lignin synthetic compounds

Our researchers are working in developing processes and applications for various lignin types up to pilot scale in the "Lignoplast" project. Read more at: Grüne Chemie: Polyurethane mit Synthesebausteinen aus Lignin

Report - Aspen Workshop 9th-10th August 2018

Have a look at the following report regarding the Aspen workshop that BASF organized in collaboration with our institute and the institute of Prof. Fieg! More info at BASF Conceptual Engineering Academy 

Dr. Thomas Gerlach

Our TVT family has grown with a new doctor! On July 12th 2018, Thomas Gerlach has successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Electrolyte systems in separation processes: Development of a COSMO-RS based model and experimental investigation".

Congratulations, Dr. Gerlach!

Presentation Bachelor thesis

On 16th July at 11:00, Leon Stellmacher will present the results of his bachelor's thesis with the title: "Untersuchung des Einflusses von Natriumsalzen auf die Cloud Point Temperatur nichtionischer Tenside". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Project work

On 12th July at 9:30, Marianne Nassar will present the results of her project work with the title: "Preliminary Studies for the Implementation of Aqueous Micellar Two-Phase Systems in a Mixer Settler Apparatus". The presentation will take place in room 283 and will be held in English. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 28th June at 9:30, Carla Martin will present the results of her master's thesis with the title: "Characterization of functionalized silica particles using Linear Solvation Energy Relationships". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Aspen Workshop

If you are interested in working with Aspen, join us to our 2-days workshop that BASF organizes in collaboration with our Institute and the Institute of Process engineering, headed by Prof. Fieg. It will take place on the 9 and 10th of August. For more information, click on the following link: BASF Conceptual Engineering Academy 

Alumni-Meeting 2018

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who participated at our alumni-meeting 2018. From our point of view, it is an honour to meet our previous coworkers that have helped during many years to the progress of this institute. The meeting was a great success with laboratory tours, interesting talks and BBQ-dinner at Gasthaus zum Kiekeberg. See you at the next alumni-meeting. Your institute V8!

 

Presentation Bachelor thesis

On 5th June at 9:30, Mohammad "Ali" Madjidian will present the results of his bachelor's thesis with the title: "Verbesserung der Kompatibilität von Lignin mit Polypropylen durch chemische Modifikation". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Project work

On 14th May at 14:00, Anja Hajnal will present the results of her project work with the title: "Solvent extraction kinetics for the production of aerogels during the pressurization step". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 11th May at 9:30, Deeptanshu Sivaraman will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Adsorptive precipitation of pharmaceuticals in aerogels of various surface chemistry ". The presentation will be held in English and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Gerd Brunner Lecture

"The Journal of Supercritical Fluids is pleased to announce the establishment of the “Gerd Brunner Lecture” to recognize the outstanding contributions of Professor Gerd Brunner to the fundamentals and applications of supercritical fluids and to the Journal of Supercritical Fluids. Professor Brunner has been on the Editorial Board of the Journal since its establishment in 1988 and has also been serving as the Regional Editor for Europe and the Middle East since 2000. The Lecture will be given at the International Symposia on Supercritical Fluids (ISSF), held every three years. The Lecturer will be selected from among leading scientists, with possible preference given to the regional area where the symposium will be held. The Lecturer will also receive a monetary prize of €1000."

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-journal-of-supercritical-fluids/news/introducing-the-inaugural-gerd-brunner-lecture 

Presentation Bachelor thesis

On 4th May at 9:30, Muhammad Ismahil will present the results of his bachelor's thesis with the title: "Untersuchung des Compoundierprozesses von Lignin und PLA im Zweischneckenextruder". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 3rd May at 9:00, Sebastian Rotzolk will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Entwicklung eines kontinuierlichen in situ Extraktionsprozesses von Mikroalgenprodukten mit Hilfe von ROKAnol NL5". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov has joined the Editorial Board of the journal Gels

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov has joined the Editorial Board of the journal "Gels", congratulations! The journal "Gels" is an international, open access journal on physical and chemical gel-based materials. Click on the folllowing link to get more information about it.

Jerry King Poster Prize - 12th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Antibes, France

Alberto Bueno Morales has won the award for best poster (Jerry King Poster Prize) at the 12th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Antibes, France on 22-25. April 2018. Click on the following link to see his poster "First evidence of solvent spillage under subcritical conditions in aerogel production". Congratulations!

 

Presentation Bachelor thesis

On 22th March at 9:30,  Timo Scherwinski will present the results of his bachelor's thesis with the title: "Entkoffeinierung von Kaffeebohnen mit Dichlormethan und Vergleich zu alternativen organischen Lösemitteln: Einfluss der Wärmeübertragung an einer Laboranlage". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Our cooperation partner BASF has won an award with their aerogel product

We are very happy to inform you that our cooperation partner BASF has won the German Design Award 2018 with their aerogel product SLENTITE. Click con the following link for more information: SLENTITE® gewinnt German Design Award 2018

New coworker - Dr. Michał Blatkiewicz

Dr. Michał Blatkiewicz has joined the "Molecular Methods for Separation Processes" group as a new research assistant. He has studied Chemical and Process Engineering at the Cracow University of Technology and he completed his PhD in 2017 at the Technical University of Lodz, at the Process and Environmental Engineering department. His PhD topic was continuous methods of concentration and purification of fungal laccases. Welcome!

NanoHybrids - Interview with Patrina Paraskevopoulou, visiting research fellow at our Institute

Professor Patrina Paraskevopoulou, Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), spent a DAAD scholarship of three months at our Institute to work on the NanoHybrids project. Click on the following link to read the whole interview.

Project Biorefinery 2021 - Adhesives from plant residues

Our biorefinery group and Tesa work together to make plant residues usable in adhesives. Click on the following link if you would like to know more information about it!

Presentation Master thesis

On 13th Feburary at 10:00, Jan-Philipp Köther will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Development of a continuous emulsion-gelation process for the production of alginate based aerogel microparticles". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Lecture Dr. Massimo Delle Piane

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Massimo Delle Piane is invited to a lecture at our institute. Dr. Delle Piane conducts research in the field of molecular dynamics for Drug Delivery Systems and is currently working in the group "Boundaries in Bio-Nano-Material Technology" at the University of Bremen. See CV of Dr. Delle Piane.

Time: Monday, February 12, 2018, 10:00 am

Location: Room 283 - Building "O", ES 38

Presentation Master thesis

On 7th Feburary at 11:00,  Andres Gonzalez de Castilla will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Analysis and Refinement of the COSMO-RS-ES Model Based on Free Energies of Transfer of Ions and Electrolyte Solubility Data". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 5th Feburary at 10:00,  Zhixing Chen will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Adsorption Equilibria of Modifiers on Silicas  in sc-CO2: Measurements and Validation of  Mixed Retention Model in SFC". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Kick-off-meeting of the cluster „Beitrag der Aerogele zur Energieeffizienz-Erhöhung in der Industrie“

On the 23rd of January, the Kick-off-meeting of the cluster „Beitrag der Aerogele zur Energieeffizienz-Erhöhung in der Industrie“ (Contribution of aerogels to the increase of energy efficency in industry) will be held at TUHH. The cluster is funded by the BMWI and involves four projects of research institutions and their partners from industry:
AeroFurnance (ZAE Bayern), AeroPROCast (DLR), NAFT (TU Dresden), AeroKonti (TUHH).

You can find more information in the following link: BMWi Cluster „Beitrag der Aerogele zur Energieeffizienz-Erhöhung in der Industrie“

New Ph.D. student: Tim Kuczynski

Tim Kuczynski has joined the Aerogel group as a new research assistant. He finished his Master Thesis at the Institute of Process and Plant Engineering with the title "Implementierung, Evaluierung und Weiterentwicklung dezentraler Regelungskozepte für die reaktive Trennwandkolonne". Welcome!

Doctoral presentations of the FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering"

On 18th January at 17:15, M.Sc. Joana Gil Gomez will present her doctoral thesis  of the FSP  "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering" on the topic: "Development of a lignin recovery process targeting its formulation and application into consumer goods". The presentation will take place in building A room 0.01. Everyone is invited!

Summary of 2017 - V8

As the year is coming to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to give you a short overview about our achivements and updates of 2017.

During the last year, four new staff members have been joined our research group: Marc Conrad, Sheila Ruiz Barbero, Oliver Fellechner, and Uta Paulsen. Moreover, we had many visitors from all over the world:

  • Juliane Vigano (University of Campinas, Brazil)
  • Ana Morais (National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Portugal)
  • Mirelle Dogenski (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)
  • Patrina Paraskevopoulou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
  • Alvaro Sanchez (University of Valladolid, Spain)
  • Students from Bulgaria and Spain
  • Prof. Walter G. Chapman (RICE University, USA)
  • Aleksandra Nesic (Public university in Belgrade, Serbia)

Apart from this,10 master theses and 17 project and bachelor theses have been successfully defended, congratulations to everyone! Especially, we would like to congratulate our recent Dr.-Ing.'s: Philipp Glembin, René Heils and Eric Ritter. We wish you all the best in the future!

As this is not enough, we would also like to mention that:

  • 13 new publications have been published this year in the group of Prof. Smirnova
  • Our aerogel group leader Dr. Pavel Gurikov has started a new position in our institute as Junior Professor
  • Aerogelex is growing up step by step, and it has received the European Nanomedicine Award 2017
  • The plant for the production of 50 L of aerogel has been inaugurated
  • The first exposition of BioMP in Straubing was a complete success

With all these good news, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming 2018!

Statistical Methods for Analysis of Engineering Data: 18 Jan 2018, 13:30 - 16:45

Nowadays every scientific work in engineering deals with numerical data. However, it is indeed rarely that data analysis is performed faultless.

After a successful start in 2015, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Pavel Gurikov would like to deliver a half-day crash course on January 18, 2018. The format of the course is 1.5 + 1.5 hours with a short break, so we start at 13:30 an finish at around 16:45. Meeting point: room 283, Building "O", ES 38.

Syllabus of the course:

1. Introduction to data: histograms, box plots.

2. Examining numerical data: the mean, standard deviation, median.

3. Important distributions: normal, t- and F-distributions; Q-Q plot, outliers.

4. Statistical inference 1: standard error of the mean, confidence intervals.

5. Statistical inference 2: difference of two means, comparing means by ANOVA.

6. Regression: least squares, confidence intervals for the slop and intercept, multiple regression.

All topics will be illustrated by examples from research practice. Please enroll by going to a doodle poolExtra topics you want to be covered in the course program are welcome. You are invited to submit your data/tasks to be analyzed during the course. For that please click here

Thank you for your participation!

Presentation Master thesis

On 11th December at 16:00, Alexander Kromm will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Hybrid alginate -Hyaluronic acid  aerogel for pharmaceutical application". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 8th December at 9:30, Clemens Müller will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Influence of the pressurization step on the supercritical drying of aerogels - a mathematical model". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Promotion M.Sc. Eric Ritter

We are very happy to inform you that on 7th December at 13:30, M.Sc. Eric Ritter will defend his doctoral thesis on the topic: "Kontinuierliche extraktive Biokatalyse in wässrigen tensidbasierten Zweiphasensystemen". He has been working in the group of Prof. Smirnova (V8) since January, 2013. The presentation will take place in room 3550,  building M, ES 42. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Master thesis

On 29th November at 13:00, Jonas Heuer will present the results of his master's thesis with the title: "Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Experimental Validation of Protein Adsorption for Chromatographic Applications". The presentation will be in German and it will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

Dr. Rene Heils

Our TVT family has grown with a new doctor! On November 10th, 2017, Rene Heils successfully defended his doctoral thesis "Prozessentwicklung zur Integration von enzymatischen Reaktionen in die Reaktivrektifikation". Congratulations, Dr.  Heils!

Aerogelex received Nanomedicine Award 2017

We are very pleased to inform you that M.Sc. Raman Subrahmanyam and the start-up "Aerogelex" have won the European Nanomedicine Award 2017 on November, 8th 2017. Prof. Smirnova would like to congratulate, not only the scientific performance, but also the high technical competence, good organization and overall good climate in our institute. You can find more information in the following link:


Aerogelex received Nanomedicine Award 2017

Presentation Bachelor thesis

On Monday 13 November at 16:00, Elham Navrozi will present the results of her bachelor thesis with the title: "Entfettung von Jatropha-Presskuchen mit überkritischen Fluiden". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

 

 

Research Stay of Professor Patrina Paraskevopoulou at the Institute of Thermal Separation Processes at TUHH

On 1 November 2017 Professor Patrina Paraskevopoulou started her Research Stay at the Institute of Thermal Separation Processes at TUHH in Hamburg, Germany. Her Research Stay is funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and will last for three months until 31 January 2018. Together with Professor Irina Smirnova and her research team Professor Paraskevopoulou will be working on the synthesis of cost-effective W-doped biopolymer aerogels, via environmentally-friendly processes, with potential applications to catalysis. This project comprises a synergistic effort at the interface of chemistry and engineering. It will combine the expertise of the applicant in the synthesis and applications of catalysts with the broad expertise of the host organization in the synthesis and processing of polysaccharide (e.g., alginate) aerogels.

Professor Paraskevopoulou is an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA). She earned her Ph.D. (2003) at NKUA working with Professor K. Mertis on inorganic/organometallic chemistry and catalysis. She was a Post-Doctoral researcher at the Missouri University of Science&Technology, MO, USA (2006-2007). She has been awarded four scholarships by the Greek State Scholarship’s Foundation for academic excellence (1994-1997 and 1999-2000). Besides synthetic inorganic chemistry focusing on complexes with metal-metal bonds, her interests include radical and metathesis polymerization reactions, oxidation and atom-transfer reactions, electrochemistry, and she has published over 30 articles in chemistry. Her h-index is 10. Over the last 5 years, she has given 5 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences, and she has participated in two COST Actions and two Research Projects funded through the Greek National Strategic Reference Framework (2012-2015). She served as a co-PI of “Synthesis of Novel Advanced Materials by New Generation Catalysts via ROMP (Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization) Reactions,” (600,000 €, 2012-2015).

 Assist. Prof. Patrina Paraskevopoulou

 

 

 

M24 Meeting of NanoHybrids

On 26-27th October 2017, the fourth project meeting of NanoHybrids took place at ARMINES/MINE PARIS TECH in Sophia Antipolis. In this meeting, the progress of the first pilot-scale production of multifunctional organic and hybrid aerogels  was presented from all work package leaders and teams. The plant was already inaugurated on 30.06.2017. Have a look!

Impression of M24 meeting in Sophia Antipolis on 26-27th October 2017

Dr. Johannes Kern

Our TVT family has grown with a new doctor! On November 2, 2017, Johannes Kern successfully defended his doctoral thesis"Dynamische Messung von Adsorptionsgleichgewichten an Nanopartikeln in nah- und überkritischen Lösungen - Experimenteller Ansatz und thermodynamische Modellierung". Congratulations, Dr. Kern!

 

 

Promotion M.Sc. René Heils

We are very happy to inform you that on 10th November at 14:00, M.Sc. René Heils will defend his doctoral thesis on the topic: "Prozessentwicklung zur Integration von enzymatischen Reaktionen in die Reaktivrektifikation". He has been working in the group of Prof. Smirnova from September, 2011, to June, 2016. The presentation will take place in building M, ES 42. Everyone is invited!

 

 

Doctoral presentations FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering"

On 09th November at 17:15, M.Sc. Simon Müller will present his doctoral thesis of the FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering"on the topic: "Calculation of Solid-Liquid-Equilibria of Salts in Organic Solvents and Solvent Mixtures Using the Predictive Model COSMO-RS". The presentation will take place in building A room 0.01. Everyone is invited!

 

 

Promotion M.Sc. Johannes Kern

We are very happy to inform you that on 2nd November at 14:00, M.Sc. Johannes Kern will defend his doctoral thesis on the topic: " Dynamische Messung von Adsorptionsgleichgewichten an Nanopartikeln in nah- und überkritischen Lösungen - Experimenteller Ansatz und thermodynamische Modellierung". He has been working in the goup of Prof. Zeng (V1) and in the group of Prof. Smirnova (V8). The presentation will take place in building H, room 0.09. Everyone is invited!

Presentation Bachelor Thesis

On 19th October at 13:00, Erik Dicke will present the results of his bachelor's thesis with the title: " Ligninhaltige Resorcin-Formaldehyde-Aerogele". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

 

 

Presentation Bachelor Thesis

On 18th October at 10:00, Luca Schmidt will present the results of his bachelor's thesis with the title: "Gewinnung von Hemicellulose aus Biomassehydrolysaten mittels Verdrängungskristallisation". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

 

 

Presentation Master thesis

On 4th October at 9:30, Ingeborg Heuschkel will present the results of her master's thesis completed in Portugal with the title: "Recovery of biopolymers from marine waste streams through a green cascade strategy integrating ionic liquids and pressurized CO2 ". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

 

 

New research assistant: Marc Conrad

Marc Conrad, after defending his Master Thesis at our Institute, has joined the biorefinery group as a research assistant. Welcome!

 

 

Lecture by Dr. Steiner from Aerogel Technologies (USA)

A lecture by Dr. Steiner from USA aerogel manufacturer, Aerogel Technologies, will take place on 30 Aug (Wedn) at 10:15 in room 283 (building O). Everyone is invited!

 

 

Bachelor Thesis' Presentation

On 31st August at 13:00, Boryana Petrova will present the results of her bachelor's thesis with the title: "Impregnation of rosemary extract into silica aerogel". The presentation will take place in room 283. Everyone is invited!

 

 

New chapter review's publication: "Aerogels in Chemical Engineering: Strategies Toward Tailor-Made Aerogels"

We are very happy to inform you that a review chapter on strategies toward tailor-made aerogels in Chemical Engineering from Prof. Irina Smirnova and Dr. Pavel Gurikov has been published recently in the prestigious journal "Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering".

 

 

Lignin aerogel project at the Expo “Future Energy” 2017

In cooperation with Expo “Future Energy” 2017, our aerogel and biorefinery groups participated on the Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The aim of our participation was to show innovative materials produced by sustainable and groundbreaking processes contributing to the biobased economy. Several lignin products and lignin-formulations were exhibited at the Museum of Future Energy the main pavillon of this year’s world exhibition.

Inauguration of the new plant for the production of Aerogels

Our new plant for the production of aerogels, financed by the EU project "Nanohybrids", was inaugurated on 30.06.2017! Have a look if you are interested!

Neue Anlage zur Herstellung von Aerogelen im Technikum der TUHH

 

 

Newly appointed: Junior Professor Dr. Pavel Gurikov

Dr. Gurikov, our Aerogel group leader, will occupy the new junior professorship position "Development and modeling of novel nanoporous materials" at the TUHH. Congratulations!

 

 

Poster Awards - 4th Workshop of FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering"

Miaotian Sun has won the award for best poster at the 4th Workshop of FSP "Integrated Biotechnology and Process Engineering" on 08 June 2017 for her poster "Synthesis of Stationary Phases for Chiral Separations and Thermodynamic Studies of Adsorption by Supercritical Fluid Chromatography". Victor Marrone and Elham Nawrozi have won the 3rd poster award with their poster with topic "High Pressure Cascade for a Selective Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Bulk Chemicals". Congratulations!