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Doris Wedlich
Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Doris Wedlich

Campus South
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Bldg.    10.11, Room 114
Phone: +49 721 608 43990

Campus North
Monday, Wednesday
Bldg.    433, Room 109
Phone: +49 721 608 28661

 

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Foto S. Fuhr
Administrative Assistant
Sabine Fuhr

Campus South
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Bldg.    10.11, Room 113
Phone: +49 721 608 43991

Campus North
Monday, Wednesday
Bldg.    433, Room 111
Phone: +49 721 608 26081

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Ruth Schwartländer
Manager Processes
Dr. Ruth Schwartländer

Campus South
Bldg.    10.11, Room 112
Phone: +49 721 608 41061

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Dr. Christian Röthig
Manager Resources
Dr. Christian Röthig

Campus North,
Bldg.    433, Room 112
Phone: +49 721 608 26068

Campus South
Bldg.    10.11, Room 112
Phone: +49 721 608 41060

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Andreas Martin
Officer
Andreas Martin

Campus North
Bldg.    433, Room 120
Phone: +49 721 608 26283

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Officer

Nadja Lodes

 

Campus South
Bldg.    10.11, Room 112
Phone: +49 721 608 41061

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Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Division I comprises twenty KIT institutes, the KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences and the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as the Helmholtz Programme BioInterfaces in Technology and Medicine.

 

Since January 1, 2014, Professor Dr. Doris Wedlich has been Head of Division I.

 

NEWS

Ineratec baut chemische Reaktoren, die so kompakt sind, dass die gesamte Anlage fertig montiert in einen Schiffscontainer passt. (Foto: INERATEC/Hauser)
Renewable Fuel from the Sewage Treatment Plant

Pilot Plant near Barcelona Produces Synthetic Natural Gas from Renewable Electricity and Carbon Dioxide – Its Core Component Is Made by INERATEC, a Spinoff of KIT

INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and the Spanish company GAS NATURAL FENOSA are presently making an important step towards closing the carbon dioxide cycle. In Sabadell, Catalonia, they built a plant that produces synthetic natural gas from climate-damaging carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable hydrogen. The process is based on the production of hydrogen by electrolysis and its reaction with CO2 from biogenic sources, e.g. sewage sludge.

 

 

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Stahlbandtrocknung nach Vorbehandlung mit Infrarot-Strahlungsporenbrenner (Foto: GoGaS Goch GmbH & Co. KG)
Painting and drying using less hot air

Innovative Method for Steel Strip Drying – KIT Coordinates ECCO Research Project in the Horizon 2020 EU Program

Thanks to a new furnace design, energy efficiency in industrial steel strip drying can be significantly increased and the size of the facility drastically reduced. Using the planned process, investment and production costs can be cut by at least 40 percent. This is achieved through the use of infrared radiant burner technology. Implementing this energy-efficient method is the aim of ECCO, a project scheduled to run for four years coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and funded by the European Union with around eight million euros.

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Unsichtbares Passwort: Die Information für die Verschlüsselung steckt im Molekül, zum Beispiel als Flüssigkeit auf Papier aufgetropft. (Foto: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
Agent 007: Organic Molecules as Bearers of Secrets

KIT Scientists Design Chemical Compounds for Use as Passwords for Encrypted Information – Publication in Nature Communications

In the digital age, security of sensitive information is of utmost importance. Many data are encrypted before they enter the data highway. Mostly, these methods use a password for decryption, and in most cases, exactly this password is the entrance gate for hackers. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) use a new and highly secure approach by combining computer science with chemistry and a conventional encryption method with a chemical password. Their development is now reported in an open access publication in Nature Communications. (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03784-x ).

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Spreading of liquid manure on fields results in high nitrate concentrations in the groundwater. Researchers work on filtration methods for the drainage water from the fields. (Photo: Wikipedia commons)
Making the Nitrate Problem of Agriculture Vanish into Air.

Due to Livestock Farming, Germany’s Groundwater Is Polluted with Nitrate in Many Places – KIT Researchers and Their Partners Are Working on a Simple Area-wide Solution.

Nitrate concentrations of our groundwater are among the highest in the European Union. The main reason is overfertilization of fields with feces from livestock farming. Every year, a “liquid manure shower” of 200 million tons goes down onto German fields, the result being too high nitrate levels at one third of the groundwater quality measurement points. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), together with the Foundation for the Environment of Rhineland-Palatinate and an environmental engineering office, are working on a very simple process for the large-scale cleaning of polluted drainage water from agricultural areas.   

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Regions with highly concentrated reserves: the “lithium triangle“ in South America and, for cobalt, the Copperbelt in Central Africa. (Illustration: Nature Reviews Materials ©Macmillan Publishers Limited)
Scenario 2050: Lithium and Cobalt might not suffice


With the increased significance of lithium-ion batteries, the pressure on the availabiltity of relevant ressources rises – Publication in Nature Reviews Materials
Lithium and cobalt are fundamental components of present lithium-ion batteries. Analysis by researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) shows that the availability of both elements could become seriously critical. Cobalt-free battery technologies, including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium, but also magnesium, zinc, calcium and aluminium, represent possibilities to decrease the dependency and avoid the criticality of lithium and Co. supplies in the long term. The researchers present these results in the journal Nature Reviews Materials.

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Tracking down forged superfoods. (Photo: KIT/Karl-Heinz Knoch)
Researchers Track Down “Forged“ Superfoods

Exotic Plants as Energy and Health Boosters Are Highly Popular among Consumers – Genetic Bar Code Shows Whether Products Are Original

Chia seeds, Moringa powder, Açai or Goji berries, the list of foods with alleged health benefits is increasing constantly. Health-conscious consumers love “superfoods” that are attributed stress-reducing and detoxifying properties as well as properties strengthening the immune system. Now, in the cold season in particular, there is a growing trend of consumers to use not only proven household remedies, such as hot lemon or sage tea, but medicinal plants from abroad, such as Indian basil, also known as tulsi. The problem: The more exotic the foods are, the less the consumer can be sure to have the original product. Mix-ups or product counterfeiting are increasing. For this reason, researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed genetic bar codes for superfoods.

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