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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.


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.


Environmental Process Engineering, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Sven Kerzenmacher

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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Marine Ecology, Prof. Dr. Christian Wild

The department of Marine Ecology pursues an interdisciplinary approach and uses a range of appropriate tools from the fields of ecophysiology, biogeochemistry, and microbiology in order to address the following focal research areas:

- Ecosystem engineers and other key organism groups
- Dynamics of benthic communities
- Nutrient cycles and energy transfer

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Chemical Engineering, Prof. Dr. Jorg Thöming

The Department of Chemical Process Engineering (CVT) in the Production Engineering Department is dedicated to processes in separation technology, reaction technology and electrochemistry and investigates heat and mass transport phenomena and structure-effect relationships with the aim of recovering valuable materials and saving energy. We are interested in gaining basic knowledge as well as in developing sustainable technologies in cooperation with industrial users. The results from both areas are incorporated into the teaching at CVT. J. Thöming, Managing Director of the Centre for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technologies (UFT).
Current research questions of the department deal with:

  • Reaction technology - here the focus is on the development of novel processes for chemical energy conversion and storage;
  • Methods of electrochemistry, which we use to analyze the corrosion of micro- and nanoparticles and to evaluate the environmental friendliness of nanomaterials;
  • Separation technology - we develop new methods for gas separation and electrokinetic fractionation of micro- and nanoparticles from colloidal solutions as well as for material recovery;
  • Upcycling - how effectively can residual materials be used to manufacture high-quality products? For example, we are developing insulating materials based on slags and paper dust.
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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).