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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 ...