Person

Barbara Bong

B. Sc.
Barbara Bong
Lehrstuhl für Heterogene Katalyse und Technische Chemie

Address

Building: Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 38C 330

Worringerweg 1

52074 Aachen

Contact

WorkPhone
Phone: +49 241 80 26595
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 22561
 

Research

Catalyzed loading of liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC)

Storage and transport of hydrogen is gaining importance due to the increasing significance of H2 as a secondary energy carrier. However, these processes are challenging because hydrogen is flammable, has a high diffusivity and causes the embrittlement of metals. The LOHC technology avoids these problems: Hydrogen is bonded to the organic liquid in a catalyzed hydrogenation. Afterwards, the loaded LOHC can safely be transported with the existing infrastructure and stored for a long time. As soon as needed, H2 is released by a dehydrogenation and the LOHC material can be reused.

Climate-friendly production of hydrogen can be performed by water-electrolysis, for example by using surplus power from renewable energies (Power-to-X). This surplus arises from the deviation in times and areas of renewable energy production and energy demand. High energy harvest occurs when the sun is shining or the wind blows, but dark doldrums lead to shortage.

Research focus:

  • suitable reactor system
  • hydrogenation catalysts
  • use of wet hydrogen from electrolysis
  • kinetic modelling of the hydrogenation