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. Thommes was invited lecturer at the workshop "Characterization and adsorption-based applications of nanoporous materials" which was part of the Technical Program of the  Diffusion Fundamentals VIII. The workshop was offered on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

From September, 19th - 20th, 2018 the UMN-FAU Workshop took place in Mineeapolis. During the workshop Prof. Matthias Thommes gave a presentation about Recent Advances in the textural characterization of hierarchically structured nanoporous materials. The University of Minnesota is not only of intere...

Karsten Müller has been awarded the Wolfgang-Finkelnburg-Preis for his works at the Institute of Separation Science and Technology on the improvement of thermochemical energy systems. He developed a new approach for identifying potentials in research and developing more efficient working substances ...

One of the most influential meetings in the field of preparative chromatography, the biennial SPICA 2018 (17th International Symposium on Preparative and Industrial Chromatography and Allied Techniques), took place in Darmstadt (Germany), October 7th – 10th. SPICA 2018 was co-chaired by Prof. Malte ...

Prof. Dr. Matthias Thommes

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Malte Kaspereit


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September 2019: Prof. Thommes is an invited lecturer at the 1st International Adsorption School, 9-13 September 2019, Spetses, Greece.

August 2019: New paper published by Prof. Thommes, entitled "Phase Behavior and Capillary Condensation Hysteresis of Carbon Dioxide in Mesopores", Authors: S. Dantas, K. Cychosz Struckhoff, M. Thommes and A. Neimark. This work reflects a collaboration with Rutgers University, NJ, USA.

July 2019: Prof. Thommes was invited to visit and lecture at the Consortium für elektrochemische Industrie, Wacker AG, München.

June 2019: Prof.Thommes co-authors a just published paper in the journal Carbon: “Comparing pore structure models of Nanoporous carbons obtained from small angel X-ray scattering and gas adsorption”, C Prehal, S. Grätz, B. Krüner, M. Thommes, L. Borchard, V. Presser, O. Paris, Carbon 152 (2019, 416). This work reflects a collaboration between the University  Erlangen-Nürnberg,  Graz University of Technology, Montanuniversity  Loeben, Technical Universiy of Dresden and  the  Saarland University Saarbrücken.

June 2019: New paper published by Prof. Kaspereit and co-workers on Quantitative Evaluation of Fullerene Separation by Liquid Chromatography. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b03247)

June 2019: New paper published by Liudmila Mokrushina on Modeling of Solid–Liquid Equilibria in Deep Eutectic Solvents: A Parameter Study. (DOI:10.3390/molecules24122334)

June 2019: Jürgen Vargas Schmitz, former co-worker in the group of Prof. Kaspereit, develops in his recent paper a method that allows developing efficiently corresponding process models for gas adsorption processes. (

June 2019: New paper published by Benjamin Reif, co-worker in the group of Prof. Kapspereit, on Evaluation of a method for micro-defect sealing in ZSM-5 zeolite membranes by chemical vapor deposition of carbon. (DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2019.03.017)

June 2019: Prof. Thommes gave on 21 June 2019 an invited seminar at the prestigious Laboratoire MADIREL, Aix-Marseille Université CNRS,  Marseille

June 2019: The University of Edinburgh, U.K has extended the Honorary status of Visiting Professor to Prof. Matthias Thommes until April 30, 2022.

June 2019: Prof. Thommes was elected into the Board of Directors of the International Adsorption Society (IAS). His term will start at July 1, 2019 and will be for seven years.

May 2019: Prof. Thommes will give two talks at the 13th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption in Cairns, Australia.

May 2019: Prof. Thommes was an invited speaker at the 2019 Japan Adsorption Meeting in Chiba. During his lecture he talked about Adsorption, phase and hysteresis behavior of N2, Ar and CO2 in hierarchically structured nanoporous cabons and zeolites.

May 2019: Prof. Thommes was invited speaker at the 11th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Porous Media (InterPore) which took place from 6th to 10th May in Valencia, Spain.

May 2019: Prof. Ilya Siepmann (University of Minnesota) gave a talk about Predictive Modeling of Adsorption and Transport in Nanoporous Materials: From High-Throughput Screening to First Principles Simulations during the CBI-Colloquium on Thursday, 2 May.

April 2019: New paper published by Prof. Kaspereit and co-workers on Sequential Template Decomposition to Adjust the Performance of Imperfect Zeolite BEA Membranes. (DOI: 10.1002/cite.201800189)

April 2019: Prof. Thommes gave an invited lecture at the University of Vienna (host: Prof. Freddy Kleitz).

April 2019: Prof. Randy Snurr (Northwestern University) talked about Metal-Organic Frameworks as Tunable Platforms for Gas Storage, Chemical Separations, and Catalysis.

March 2019: Martin Kriesten, M.Sc. and Benjamin Reif, M.Sc. presented their current research results at the 31st Deutsche Zeolith-Tagung in Dresden, Germany. Martin Kriesten talked about Shaping of flexible MOFs to extrudates retaining their structural flexibility and Benjamin Reif about Closing defects in supported zeolite membranes via carbon infiltration.

February 2019: Prof. Matthias Thommes, Prof. Malte Kaspereit, Dr. Martin Drescher and Dr. Detlef Freitag attended the Annual meeting of ProcessNet research groups Adsorption and High-Pressure Process Technology in Freiberg, Germany.

February 2019: New paper published by Prof. Kaspereit and co-workers on Synthesis of ZIF-11 – Influence of the synthesis parameters on the phase purity. (DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2018.08.019)

December 2018: Prof. Matthias Thommes was invited speaker at the 22nd Annual Meeting of NECZA (Northeast Corridor Zeolite Association) in Philadelphia, USA.

November 2018: The second part of the pilot study about LOHCs for heavy traffic was released for publication. (Pilot Study: LOHCs for heavy traffic (1), Pilot Study: LOHCs for heavy traffic (2))

October 2018: Prof. M. Thommes gave an invited plenary talk in the honorary session dedicated to Prof. Peter Monson (University of Massachusettes, Amherst, MA) at the AIChE 2018 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh.

October 2018: Prof. Matthias Thommes was invited speaker at the IUVSTA workshop on Nanoporous Materials for Green Energy Conversion and Storage in Seggau, Austria.

September 2018: Prof. Matthias Thommes was invited speaker at the Nanoporous Materials Genome Center All-Hands Meeting at the University of Minnesota.

September 2018: New paper published by Benjamin Reif on Solvent-free transformation of spray coated ZnO layers to ZIF-8 membranes. (DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2018.09.024)