The Institute of Separation Science & Technology performs cutting-edge research in the various areas of separation science.
Key research fields are adsorption and the advanced surface and textural characterisation of nanoporous adsorbent materials. Within this framework we investigate the phase and wetting behavior of fluids in pores/adsorbent interfaces, and focus on the surface and pore structural characterisation of nanoporous materials. Another focus is fundamental research in the area of gas storage (e.g., hydrogen, carbon dioxide, methane). A main goal is to build a link between adsorption properties and characteristics of adsorbents with processes and applications in important areas, such as gas- and energy storage, separations, and heterogeneous catalysis.
Another major research area is systematic process design. Here, sound experimental characterization is combined with state-of-the-art theoretical and computer-based methods to develop advanced processes and materials for challenging separations by, e.g., preparative chromatography, gas adsorption, and membrane technologies. Applications range from fine chemicals, over (bio)pharmaceuticals, to bulk products.
These fields of work are complemented by research activities in the areas of Energy Thermodynamics, and High Pressure Processes.
Prof. Thommes is listed again among the 2% highly cited researchers across all scientific fields and belongs to the top 50 of the worldwide most cited researchers in the field of Chemical Physiscs.
The CPM International Workshop, chaired by Prof. Alex Neimark (Rutgers University, USA) and Prof. Matthias Thommes (University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), is the major tri-annual event in the adsorption and porous materials communities that is held in the USA. CPM-9 will take place from May 19-21, 2024 in Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Prof. Thommes delivered an invited lecture at the “7th Symposium on Challenges for Carbon-Based Nanoporous Materials” , organized by Prof. Katsumi Kaneko., which was held from October 18 - October 21, 2023 at Shinju University, Nagano in Japan.
From September 5 to September 8 the Erlangen-Edinburgh School of Adsorption 2023 (EESA 2023) took place in Erlangen. The school was organized by Prof. Matthias Thommes (Institute of Separation Science and Technology (TVT), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Prof. Stefano Brandani (University of Edinburgh).
Prof. Matthias Thommes received the MAP Best Lecturer Award 2023.
Simon Eder, Jakob Söllner, Carola Schlumberger and Markus Terlinden presented their current research results at the 34. German zeolite conference in Vienna
Prof. Matthias Thommes (Institute of Separation Science and Technology (TVT), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg) and Prof. Stefano Brandani (University of Edinburgh) are pleased to invite you to the Erlangen-Edinburgh School of Adsorption 2023, which will take place from September 5 – 8, 2023 in Erlangen (Germany).