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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 schwartlaenderZre1∂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 roethigCyg7∂kit edu

Andreas Martin
Andreas Martin

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

Mail: andreas martinBiy4∂kit edu


Nadja Lodes


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

Mail: nadja lodesNtg1∂kit edu

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.



Stahlbandtrocknung nach Vorbehandlung mit Infrarot-Strahlungsporenbrenner (Foto: GoGaS Goch GmbH & Co. KG)
Lackieren und Trocknen: Weniger heiße Luft

Innovatives Verfahren zur Stahlbandtrocknung – KIT koordiniert Forschungsprojekt ECCO im Programm Horizon 2020 der EU.

Durch ein neuartiges Ofendesign lässt sich bei der industriellen Stahlbandtrocknung die Energieeffizienz deutlich erhöhen und die Anlagengröße drastisch reduzieren. Die Investitions- und Produktionskosten können mit dem geplanten Verfahren um mindestens 40 Prozent gesenkt werden. Erreicht wird dies durch den Einsatz von Infrarot-Strahlungsbrennertechnologie. Diese energetisch effiziente Methode zu realisieren, ist Ziel des auf vier Jahre angegelegten Projekts ECCO, welches das Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) koordiniert und das von der Europäischen Union mit rund acht Millionen Euro gefördert wird.

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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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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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