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Andrea Robitzki
Head of Division
Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki

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

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


Foto S. Fuhr
Personal Assistant
Sabine Fuhr

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

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



Manager Processes
Dr. Amanda Sahrbacher

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

Campus North
Bldg. 433, Room 124
Phone: +49 721 608 28660

Dr. Christian Röthig
Manager Resources
Dr. Christian Röthig

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

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


Andreas Martin
Andreas Martin

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


Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Division I comprises twenty KIT research 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.

Together we are focusing on our new research theme "Material and energy cycles in circular economy, life science engineering, process technology and digitalization". In this way, we research and teach the latest processes and methods of material and energy conversion for the circular economy and build a synergistic bridge to the life sciences. In terms of content, the size scales are addressed both theoretically and experimentally from nanogram synthesis to the near-industrial ton scale. All research in Division I is geared to the requirements of a resource-efficient data-based society.

Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki has been Head of Division I since February 15th, 2020,


Versuchsaufbau inklusive Hochdruckzelle zur Fischer-Tropsch Messkampagne an der CAT-ACT Messlinie am KIT Synchrotron. (Foto: Tiziana Carambia)
Maßgeschneiderte Katalysatoren für Power-to-Xews 26846

Mit einem Synchrotron schauen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler des KIT einem Power-to-X-Katalysator bei der Arbeit zu.

Große Datenmengen zu sammeln, zu speichern und zu verarbeiten wird in vielen Disziplinen der Wissenschaften durch den digitalen Wandel immer notwendiger. (Foto: Markus Breig, KIT)
Nationale Forschungsdateninfrastruktur: Drei Konsortien mit Beteiligung des KIT gefördert

Chemie, Ingenieurwissenschaften und Katalyseforschung in erster Ausschreibungsrunde erfolgreich.

An der Modellpflanze Ackerschmalwand wurden mithilfe des Proteins Cas9 erstmals Chromosomen neu zusammengesetzt. (Abbildung: Angelina Schindele, KIT)
Exchange of Arms between Chromosomes Using Molecular Scissors

CRISPR/Cas Revolutionizes Crop Cultivation by Specific Combination of Properties – New Genome Modification Technology Presented in Nature Plants


Die Bakterien (grün) sind in einem Kompositmaterial aus Kohlenstoff-Nanoröhrchen (grau) und Kieselsäure-Nanopartikeln (lila) verwoben mit DNA (blau) eingebettet. (Grafik: Niemeyer-Lab, KIT)
Microbial Cyborgs: Bacteria Supplying Power

KIT Scientists Develop Programmable, Biohybrid Material System that Uses Bacteria for Power Generation


With its essential oils, mint keeps away weeds – the menthone contained in the oil might be used as a basis of environmentally friendly bioherbicides. (Photo: Jana Müller)
Mint Scent Inhibits the Growth of Weeds

New Approach to Sustainable Weed Control is Based on Studies of Biological Communication between Plants – Menthone Has Bioherbicide Potential










Within the BATTERY 2030+ project, robots aren’t solely used to produce new batteries. They also plan and evaluate their own experiments autonomously using AI. (Photo: Daniel Messling, KIT)
Roadmap for Battery Research in Europe

The European Research Initiative BATTERY 2030+ Presents Goals – Research Platform CELEST with KIT, Ulm University, and ZSW Participates


In the NECOC research project, an integrated pilot plant is being built to test a new process for reducing the greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere. The process will produce carbon black - a high-quality, solid carbon. (Photo: Moritz Leg)
From Greenhouse Gas to a High-tech Resource

At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the NECOC research project is aimed at building a unique test facility for active reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).










Researchers cultivate plant cells in biochips to study the effect of various signalling substances on the cells. (Photo: Alexandra Wolf, KIT)
Plant Protection: Communication instead of Poison

Increasing drought and heat seriously affect plants. In the Upper Rhine area, for example, climate change results in the development of new plant diseases, an example being Esca, a disease that causes vines to die