Bioenergy and Catalysis Laboratory (LBK)
Sustainable management of energy and material resources implies that, in a long term, renewable energies will be used to drive closed material cycles. The Bioenergy and Catalysis Laboratory (LBK) is doing research to develop processes, catalysts and materials for providing primary energy and material products from biomass and/or waste. Improving the eco-efficiency of products and services (i.e. more value for less pollution and less resource intensity) has been the guiding principle of the research projects of LBK.
In particular we focus
On the development of efficient conversion technologies for biomass to energy carriers with a focus on hydrothermal processes (Catalytic Process Engineering - CPE).
On the flexible production of renewable methane, methanol and hydrogen from biogas, gasification derived producer gas and within Power-to-Gas applications (Thermochemical Processes group - TCP).
On the separation of valuable and/or toxic metal fractions from waste with the goal to increase the recycling rate by eco-efficient processes. Moreover, on the analytics of process gas streams and the synthesis of materials needed to reduce the carbon footprint of our society (Chemical Processes and Materials - CPM).
On heterogeneous catalysts for emission control and the production of energy carriers, with expertise in in situ/operando spectroscopy at lab scale as well as at large scale research facilities in order to understand the function of these materials under reaction conditions (Applied Catalysis and Spectroscopy - ACS).
Our four groups are