Joel Mensah

M. Sc.
Joel Mensah
Lehrstuhl für Heterogene Katalyse und Technische Chemie


Building: Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 38B 320

Worringerweg 2

52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 26591
Fax: +49 241 80 22177

Research Area

Topic: Study of a new value chain based on microbiologically accessible hydroxyl fatty acid esters for sustainable biofuels.

Aim: Efficient chemo catalytic conversion of 3-(3-hydroxy-alkanoyloxy)-alkanoates, shortened HAAs, to hydrocarbons.

Current works: Deoxygenation of HAAs through combination of hydrogenation, decarboxylation, and dehydration over supported noble metal-(free) catalysts.

About the person


Joel B. Mensah, Adrian H. Hergesell, Sebastian Brosch, Christiane Golchert, Jens Artz, Regina Palkovits, Catalytic deoxygenation of bio-based 3-hydroxydecanoic acid to secondary alcohols and alkanes, Green Chem., 2020, 22, 3522-3531.

F. J. Holzhäuser, J. B. Mensah, R. Palkovits, (Non-)Kolbe electrolysis in biomass valorization – a discussion of potential applications, Green Chem.; 2020, 10.1039/C9GC03264A

J. Meyers, J. B. Mensah, F. J. Holzhäuser, A. Omari, C. C. Blesken, T. Tiso, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits; Electrochemical conversion of a bio-derivable hydroxy acid to a drop-in oxygenate diesel fuel; Energy Environ. Sci.; 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C9EE01485C

J. Meyers J. B. Mensah F. J. Holzhäuser S. Palkovits R. Palkovits; Aufwertung biobasierter Hydroxysäuren durch non-Kolbe-Elektrolyse; Chem. Ing. Tech.; 90 (9), 1182, 2018

Joel B. Mensah, Irina Delidovich, Peter J. C. Hausoul, Laurent Weisgerber, Wolfgang Schrader, Regina Palkovits; Mechanistic Studies of the Cu(OH)+-Catalyzed Isomerization of Glucose into Fructose in Water; ChemSusChem, 11, 2579-2586, 2018

W. Ciptonugroho, M. G. Al-Shaal, J. B. Mensah, R. Palkovits, One pot synthesis of WOx/mesoporous-ZrO2 catalysts for the production of levulinic-acid esters. J. Catal.; 340, 17-29, 2016.

M. G. Al-Shaal, W. Ciptonugroho, F. J. Holzhäuser, J. B. Mensah, P. J. C. Hausoul, R. Palkovits, Catalytic upgrading of α-angelica lactone to levulinic acid esters under mild conditions over heterogeneous catalysts. Catal. Sci. Technol.; 5, 5168-5173, 2015.