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"I'm very much interested in a sound understanding of chemical processes and in transferring research into practical systems involving catalysis, reactor design and fabrication know-how."

Research profile

The research group of Gunther Kolb focuses on developing intensified processes for energy related applications through catalyst development, micro reaction engineering and overall understanding of the processes envisaged. Detailed know-how exists in the design and operation of microreactors for high temperature heterogeneously catalyzed reactions and their scale-up.

The group's research focuses in particular on:

  • Development of robust and poisoning resistant catalysts for fuel processing, in particular reforming of (poly) alcohol fuels and water-gas shift.
  • Sustainable fuel synthesis through application of renewable sources such as organic residues.
  • Application of microstructured reactors for energy related processes.
  • Overall process modelling with special focus on designing fuel processors/ fuel cell systems as distributed generators of electric energy.

Academic background

Gunther Kolb studied Chemical Engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). He graduated in 1989, until 1993 he worked at his PhD under supervision of Prof. Hanns Hofmann, thesis title 'Deactivation, coke formation and coke extraction over zeolitic catalysts'. He then moved to GRACE Davison in Worms (Germany) to work at the R&D department Refining Catalysts Europe. In 2001 he started working at the Institut für Mikrotechnik Mainz (IMM, Germany) where he became group leader Process Engineering and Heterogeneous Catalysis, in 2007 Head of the newly formed Energy Technology and Catalysis Department, in 2016 Head of the Division Energy and Chemical Technology of now Fraunhofer IMM. In 2010 Kolb was appointed part-time full professor of Micro Flow Energy Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interest is in the fields of energy related processes,(micro-) reactor technology and catalysis. He is author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications, several book-chapters and of the book “fuel processing for fuel cells”.

Affiliated with

  • Fraunhofer IMM, Mainz, Germany

 Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Diehl Aerospace, Germany
  • Evonik, Germany
  • Microinnova, Austria

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Reforming reactions Engineering & Materials Science
Catalysts Chemical Compounds
Carbon Monoxide Chemical Compounds
Diesel fuels Engineering & Materials Science
Methane Engineering & Materials Science
Methanation Chemical Compounds
Methanol Chemical Compounds
Biogas Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2003 2019

41 Citations (Scopus)

Effect of ceria and zirconia promotors on Ni/SBA-15 catalysts for coking and sintering resistant steam reforming of propylene glycol in microreactors

Shanmugam, V., Zapf, R., Neuberg, S., Hessel, V. & Kolb, G., 1 Apr 2017, In : Applied Catalysis. B, Environmental. 203, p. 859-869 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Propylene Glycol
Steam reforming
Cerium compounds
Coking
Glycols
1 Citation (Scopus)

Boosting CO2 methanation activity on Ru/TiO2 catalysts by exposing (001) facets of anatase TiO2

Chai, S., Men, Y., Wang, J., Liu, S., Song, Q., An, W. & Kolb, G., 1 Oct 2019, In : Journal of CO2 Utilization. 33, p. 242-252 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Methanation
anatase
physicochemical property
Titanium dioxide
catalyst

DME-to-hydrocarbon over an MFI zeolite: product selectivity controlled by oxygenates under the kinetic regime

Ortega, C. & Kolb, G., 26 Dec 2019, In : Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 58, 51, p. 22893-22904 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Zeolites
Hydrocarbons
Kinetics
Alkenes
Butenes
5 Citations (Scopus)

Dimethyl ether to hydrocarbons over ZSM-5: Kinetic study in an external recycle reactor

Ortega, C., Hessel, V. & Kolb, G., 15 Dec 2018, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 354, p. 21-34 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Hydrocarbons
ether
Ethers
hydrocarbon
kinetics
7 Citations (Scopus)

Methanol to dimethyl ether conversion over a ZSM-5 catalyst: Intrinsic kinetic study on an external recycle reactor

Ortega, C., Rezaei, M., Hessel, V. & Kolb, G., 1 Sep 2018, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 347, p. 741-753 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

ether
Methanol
methanol
Ethers
catalyst

Press / Media

Replacing crude oil with alternative fuels: Biofuel from a container

G.A. Kolb

29/11/18

2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Germany : Biofuel from a container

G.A. Kolb

5/11/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Replacing Gasoline with Alternative Fuels

G.A. Kolb

5/11/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Biofuel from a container

G.A. Kolb

2/11/185/11/18

2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT : Biofuel from a container

G.A. Kolb

2/11/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Kinetic investigation of methanol to dimethyl ether (MTD) reaction over γ-Al2O3 and ZSM-5 catalysts

Author: Rezaei, M., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Ortega Rojas, C. (Supervisor 1), Kolb, G. (Supervisor 2) & Hessel, V. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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