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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

Mail: ruth schwartlaenderYbd4∂kit edu


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

Mail: christian roethigAlh6∂kit edu

Andreas Martin
Andreas Martin

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

Mail: andreas martinChw4∂kit edu


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.



Winners and jury members of the 2018 Lothar Späth Award - with the INERATEC team in the middle. (The detailed figure caption is given at the end of this text; photo: Wolfgang List)
INERATEC Wins First Lothar Späth Award

KIT’s Spinoff Is Granted New Innovation Award for Decentralized Chemical Reactor Technology that Fits into a Ship Container.

Inexpensive and climate-friendly production of fuels from renewable energy sources – this is the mission of INERATEC, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Conventionally, production of synthetic fuels, such as gasoline, requires very large facilities. INERATEC builds compact chemical reactors and fits them into a ship container so that they can be used at any location. For this idea, the young company hasreceived the first Lothar Späth Award.

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Der Fleischtextur auf der Spur: Die Mikrocomputertomographie (µCT) macht die Produktstruktur sichtbar. (Abb.: Patrick Wittek, KIT)
Plant-Based Proteins for Meat Lovers

Optimizing Meat Substitutes from Pea and Soy Proteins – Food Process Engineers Examine Production Process (Extrusion).

In canteens and supermarkets, plant-based substitute products for chicken escalopes and beef steaks have become standard fare. Together with colleagues from TU Berlin, researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are examining how these products are manufactured. Their aim is to give these high-protein foods, based on soybeans or peas for example, a meat-like texture.

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Energy Storage beyond Lithium

Successful implementation of the energy transition requires new materials and technologies for the storage of electric energy. The “Energy Storage beyond Lithium” initiative of KIT and Ulm University pursues a multidisciplinary approach with electrochemists, material scientists, theoretical modelists, and engineers being involved.

The central objective of the planned research cluster is to develop fundamental understanding of electrochemical energy storage in novel systems, to combine fundamental material properties with critical performance parameters, and to establish the basis for practical application of post-lithium technologies.

Further information on www.celest.de 

Nanofibers with different directions of rotation. (Illustration: Kenneth Cheng, University of Michigan)
New Materials: Growing Polymer Pelts

Vapor Deposition of a Liquid Crystal Layer with Reactive Molecules Provides Customized Nanofibers for Different Applications – Publication in Science.

Polymer pelts made of the finest of fibers are suitable for many different applications, from coatings that adhere well and are easy to remove to highly sensitive biological detectors. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) together with scientists in the United States have now developed a cost-effective process to allow customized polymer nanofibers to grow on a solid substrate through vapor deposition of a liquid crystal layer with reactive molecules. The researchers report on their innovative method in the journal Science. (DOI: 10.1126/science.aar8449).

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Consumption of resources can be reduced by recycling electronic scrap. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
Proper Sorting: New Adhesive for Better Recycling

EU Stipulates Higher Recycling Quotas – Reusing Electronic Devices Remains a Challenge – KIT-Developed Detachable Adhesive Is to Improve Sorting of Components.

Adhesives to join components are indispensable in industry, but reliable joining is no longer sufficient. The recycling economy pushed by the EU requires proper disassembly of high-tech products, such as mobiles, into their basic materials during repairs or recycling. A thermolabile and reversible adhesive developed by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) now helps to do so. This invention can be used for a wide range of applications and will reduce the consumption of resources.


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The founders of Germany’s best startup Ineratec: Philipp Engelkamp, Tim Böltken, Paolo Piermartini, and Peter Pfeifer (from left to right, photo: Sandra Goettisheim, KIT).
German Entrepreneur Award for Fuels from Mini Reactors

KIT’s Spinoff Ineratec Is the Best Startup in Germany.

Inexpensive production of synthetic fuels from renewable energy sources is an important element of the energy transition. Production of synthetic gasoline, kerosene, diesel or natural gas, however, requires very large facilities. Ineratec, a spinoff of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has managed to shrink chemical reactors down to a compact format that fits into a ship container and can be used at any location. For this, the startup was granted the German Entrepreneur Award 2018 in Berlin.

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