Moritz HausM. Sc.
Building: Sammelbau Chemie
Room: 38B 341
- Phone: +49 241 80 20112
In terms of oxygen content and degree of functionalization biomass differs notably from commonly used fossil resources (e.g. raw oil). Therefore, conventional process chains, which nowadays convert basic chemicals into more valuable substances and materials, have to be rethought. And that’s where my research starts.
Through reductive amination of biogenic carbonic acids, I’m aiming at the synthesis of building blocks useful in the production of specialty polymers with broad applicability. Thereby, new ways towards the sustainable use of resources and materials are revealed. Since our concepts are based on heterogeneous catalysis, the following aspects are omnipresent in my daily work:
- Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts comprising a plethora of noble as well as non-noble metals and support materials
- Characterization of the synthesized catalysts with regard to metal content, dispersion, oxidation state, etc.
- Testing of materials in RWTH’s high pressure facilities
- Evaluation of results and advancements with special regard towards possible production processes and their environmental impact
Researchers are welcome to contribute to one or several of these topics.
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.