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Catalysis and Surface Science, Prof. Dr. Marcus Bäumer

The main focus of the research carried out in the department Catalysis and Surface Science is the investigation of materials synthesized by innovative, non-traditional preparation techniques aiming at an exploration of their surface (chemical) and catalytic properties. In particular, nanostructured materials developed in various fields of materials science carry a large potential for applications in catalysis, sensorics or related fields. Apart from studies under process conditions, also experiments under UHV conditions are carried out to allow for a detailed mechanistic understanding of the systems.

Hybrid Materials Interfaces, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lucio Colombi Ciacchi

The Hybrid Materials Interfaces (HMI) Group at the Faculty of Production Engineering has been founded in October 2008 as an Endowed Chair of the Conrad Naber Foundation. The focus of its research lies on the atomic-level studies of interfaces between technological materials and biological macromolecules, with applications in the fields of biomedical implants, biosensors, pharmaceutical packaging, biocompatible adhesives, and many others. The activities of HMI comprise both experimental research into biomolecular adhesion and advanced theoretical modelling from the quantum to the classical level of precision. The group members are affiliated to the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science (BCCMS) and the Centre for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology (UFT).

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Neurobiochemistry, Prof. Dr. Ralf Dringen

The neurobiochemistry group at the UFT investigates basal mechanisms of the metabolism of the individual types of brain cells as well as the metabolic interactions that take place between different types of brain cells. As model systems for these studies we investigate primary and secondary cell cultures of the four most important brain cell types (neurons, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, microglial cells). In addition, we use co-culture models to study interactions of different brain cell types in vitro. Aim of these studies is the improvement of the understanding of the basal metabolism in brain and of the molecular mechanisms contributing to the reported disturbances in brain metabolism in neurological disorders.

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General and Theoretical Ecology, Prof. Dr. Juliane Filser

The department of General and Theoretical Ecology studies interactions of organisms with their biotic and abiotic environment. The resulting ecosystem services, particularly those of soils, are an essential basis of human existence. By studying undisturbed systems and the effects of both natural and artificial stressors it is possible to avoid irreversible damage and to efficiently combat damage once occurred. New products and technologies are being accompanied during the developmental process in order to avoid undesired environmental effects, to use natural resources more efficiently or to minimize existing environmental damage.

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Environmental Process Engineering, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Räbiger +

The department of Environmental Process Engineering focusses on five general research topics: Biotechnological Processes, Biological Process Engineering and Evaluation, Chemical Processes and Products as well as Porous Media and Reaction Technology. The basic concept is to influence and selectively adjust relevant driving forces and equilibrium states in order to systematically utilize scalecrossing momentum and mass transfer mechanisms. As a result, the practice oriented process development and technology transfer to industry is directed towards sustainability and resource efficiency due to its beneficial linkage to our basic research program.

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Sustainable Chemistry, Dr. habil. Stefan Stolte

The research of the department Sustainable Chemistry is dedicated to the „design of chemicals and processes with higher intrinsic safety and sustainability“. The hazard and risk potentials of chemicals are determined in both directions, prospectively and retrospectively. These evaluations are predominantly conducted in close collaboration with users and distributors of chemicals to optimize the applied chemical products and processes. A low hazard potential for men and the environment is hereby the main focus. The core of our research is the determination of structure-activity and structure-property- relationships of chemicals, the further development of analytical methods and the investigation of toxicological and ecotoxicological mechanisms and modes of action as well as the analysis of biodegradation pathways of chemicals in the environment. The research topic “Design of sustainable Chemicals” is strongly connected to the development of techniques allowing for the recovery or removal of chemicals from process effluents. By applying these strategies, the contamination and hence the exposure of different environmental compartments and their inhabitants can be avoided a priori.

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Chemical Engineering, Prof. Dr. Jorg Thöming

The section Chemical Engineering is investigating separation processes as well as mass transfer and energy conversion processes, ranging from molecular scale to production level. One of our central aims is to obtain fundamental knowledge, e. g. regarding the influence of structure-activity-relations on the aforementioned processes. Another focus lies in developing sustainable technologies in close cooperation with industrial partners. Special interest is directed to innovative nano-materials, in particular to their environmentally friendly wet production and to applications of „green“ nano-materials in the field of reaction- and environmental technology.

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Process Systems Engineering, Prof. Dr. Edwin Zondervan

The laboratory of Process Systems Engineering (PSE) has opened its doors in October 2015. Process systems engineering concerns the systematic analysis and optimization of decision-making processes for the discovery, design, manufacture and distribution of products. The PSE lab has a special attention for the current energy challenges that the world is facing. Current research relates to 1) biobased production, 2) hydrogen economy, 3) carbon storage and utilization and 4) electrochemical storage of energy. The group is affiliated to the UFT and to the Institute for Advanced Energy Systems (AES).