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IKFT 03-20 Internship, Bachelor- or Masterthesis: Characterisation of sulphur compounds in HTL-Oils

Organizational unit

Institute of Catalysis Research und Technology (IKFT)

Job description

The hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of wet biomass into liquid biofuels is a promising way to reduce the negative impact of our civilization on the environment. However, the sulphur present in the biomass can pose a problem for the development of conversion technologies, as sulphur can poison downstream catalysts. In general, the presence of many heteroatoms poses a challenge for petrochemical treatment processes.

In this bachelor/master thesis, the sulphur distribution in the product phases of hydrothermal biomass liquefaction is to be investigated. Organic sulphur-containing model compounds such as cysteine and methionine serve as starting materials. Intermediate and product compounds are detected and reaction mechanisms are developed. A range of analytical instruments is available for this purpose (EA, GCMS, FTIR, NMR, etc.).

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

Chemical engineering / Process engineering or related

Contract Duration

4 months, or 6 months

Contact person in line-management

Joscha Zimmermann
Tel. 0721/608-26193 E-Mail

Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number IKFT 03-20.

Ausschreibungsnummer: IKFT 03-20

If qualified, severely disabled persons will be preferred.


Personnel Support is provided by:
Ms Schaber
Phone: +49 721 608-25184,

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany