The Institute of Separation Science & Technology performs cutting-edge research in the various areas of separation science.

Key research fields are adsorption and the rigorous textural characterization 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 characterization of nanoporous materials. 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. Matthias Thommes gave a Webinar on "Characterization of Porous Materials" on May 8th, 2020. The Webinar is part of a series of adsorption-themed webinars organized by the International Adsorption Society.

From 1st September to 4th September 2020 the Edinburgh-Erlangen School of Adsorption (EESA) will take place at the University of Edinburgh. The school is organized by Prof. Matthias Thommes and Prof. Stefano Brandani. The School is aimed to PhD students, Researchers and Industrialists willing to gai...

The Institute of Separation Science and Technology organized an excursion to the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research e.V. (ZAE Bayern) on December, 19th. Students of the Department CBI had the opportunity to learn about research on energy storage and energy efficiency, e.g. in the area of Na...

Prof. Krista Walton (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA)  gave a lecture about "Challenges in Developing Materials for Large-Scale Energy Applicatons" on November, 19th.

Prof. Thommes was Keynote speaker at the Okinawa Colloids 2019 in Japan. During his lecture he talked about recent advances in textural characterization of nanoporous materials.