Yannik Louven

M. Sc.
Yannik Louven
Lehrstuhl für Heterogene Katalyse und Technische Chemie


Building: Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 38B 320

Worringerweg 2

52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 26577
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 22177


The conversion of biomass into useful chemicals is a challenge for the chemical industry, as the composition varies greatly from the conventional fossil resources. Especially the high oxygen content of bio-based platform chemicals is a problem for conventional chemical processes.

My research topic is tackling the conversion of bio-based carboxylic acids. Through reductive amidation of for example itaconic acid using ammonia and hydrogen they are converted into pyrrolidones. Pyrrolidones are building blocks for the production of specialty polymers with numerous applications in the pharma-, cosmetic- and food- industry. Polyvinylpyrrolidones (PVP) are for instance used in hair spray, iodine ointment or for the filtration of beer and wine.

In my research topic I mainly work on:

  • Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts with precious metals and various supporting materials
  • Characterization of the catalysts with regard to dispersion, particle size, metal content, specific surface area, ect.
  • Testing of the catalysts in the conversion of bio-based carboxylic acid to pyrrolidones
  • Conversion of the synthesized pyrrolidones into N-vinyl-pyrrolidones

If you are interested in a research internship send me an E-Mail or come to my office.


Y. Louven, M. O. Haus, M. Konrad, J. P. Hofmann , R. Palkovits; Efficient palladium catalysis for the upgrading of itaconic and levulinic acid to 2-pyrrolidones followed by their vinylation into value-added monomers, Green Chem. , 2020, 22, 4532-4540 .

Y. Louven, K.Schute, R. Palkovits; Ruthenium Catalyzed Reductive Transformation of Itaconic Acid and Ammonia Into 3‐ and 4‐Methyl‐pyrrolidone; ChemCatChem, 2019, 6, 74.

M. O. Haus, Y. Louven, R. Palkovits; Extending the chemical product tree: a novel value chain for the production of N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidones from biogenic acids ; Green Chem., 2019, 21, 6268-6276.