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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
Andreas Martin

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

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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.


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



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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Beim Backen bleiben häufig Teigreste an der Arbeitsplatte, an Schüsseln oder Knetelementen kleben. Das führt in Bäckereien zu Produktionsausfällen. (Bild: Amadeus Bramsiepe/KIT)
Why Doughs Stick to Surfaces

Structure of Work Surfaces and Materials and Contact Time Influence Dough Adhesion – Enhancing Food Safety and Productivity of Bakeries.

Christmas time is cookies time. Many people enjoy baking for Christmas. And those who love titbits are happy about the dough rests that stick to kneaders or bowls. To a larger extent, this also happens at private or industrial bakeries. Considerable amounts of dough stick to conveyors and fermentation canvasses. In the worst case, this may result in hygiene problems and production downtimes. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Technical University of Munich studied the effects of contact time and surface structures of different materials on dough adhesion. 


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Biofilm on the anode (bottom) of the fuel cell: KIT researchers use optical coherence tomography to visualize the microbial biofilms that generate electric energy. (Graphics: Michael Wagner, KIT)
German Sustainability Award for Bio-electrochemical Fuel Cell

Collaboration of Partners from Research and Industry Results in the Development of a Component for an Energy-generating Sewage Treatment Plant.

Sewage treatment plants have been among the biggest municipal energy consumers so far. With a new technology that turns the sewage treatment plant from an electricity consumer into a small power plant, a German team of researchers now wants to reverse the trend. The key component of the plant is a bio-electrochemical fuel cell that can directly produce electric power and hydrogen – without the digestion process used so far. For the innovative concept, in the development of which researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are involved, and that is coordinated by TU Clausthal, the group has now received the German Sustainability Award in the category of research.

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Vanessa Kappings working with the “vasQchip” that combines miniaturized organs and realistically replicated blood vessels. (Photo: Laila Tkotz, KIT)
Organs on Microchips for Safe Drug Testing

Vanessa Kappings of KIT Is Granted 2017 LUSH PRIZE Supporting Animal-free Testing in Research.

Miniaturized organs on a chip enable drug tests prior to application to humans. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the team of Professor Ute Schepers has developed such an organ-on-a-chip system with accurately modeled blood vessels. In the category of “Young Researcher,” doctoral candidate Vanessa Kappings, who is involved in the further development of the “vasQchip,” has now been granted the 2017 LUSH PRIZE supporting animal-free testing in the amount of EUR 12,000 for her project.


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(Abbildung: Alessandro Trovarelli/Universität Udine).
Ceria Nanoparticles: It Is the Surface that Matters

New Findings Relating to the Structure Enable Specific Further Development of Catalytic Converters and Photocatalysts – Three Publications in the Journal Angewandte Chemie.

Exhaust gas cleaning of passenger cars, power generation from sunlight, or water splitting: In the future, these and other applications may profit from new findings relating to ceria. At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), scientists have studied ceria nanoparticles with the help of probe molecules and a complex ultrahigh vacuum-infrared measurement system and obtained partly surprising new insights into their surface structure and chemical activity. Work is reported in three articles published in the journal Angewandte Chemie (applied chemistry).


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