FDC – Fuel Design Center

 

Topic

Synthetic fuels for clean and sustainable mobility

Research Goals

The Fuel Design Center currently houses the ClusterOffice and the speaker of the Cluster of Excellence "Tailor-made fuels from biomass", as well as the two junior professorships "Model-based Fuel Design" and "Physico-chemical Fundamentals of Combustion".

The work in the Fuel Design Center is mainly focused on the research and development of alternative liquid fuels. The starting materials for these fuels are various renewable carbon and energy sources, whereby the developed fuels do not compete with the food chain and burn significantly cleaner than conventional fuels and enable higher motor efficiencies.

 

Professorships Involved

Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences - Faculty 1

Chair of Applied Microbiology
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lars Blank
www.iamb.rwth-aachen.de

Chair of Organic Chemistry II
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Carsten Bolm
www. bolm.oc.rwth-aachen.de

Fundamental Electrochemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Rüdiger-Albert Eichel
www.fz-juelich.de

Department of Ecosystem Analysis
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Henner Hollert
www.bio5.rwth-aachen.de

Department of Translational Molecular Catalysis
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Klankermayer
www.itmc.rwth-aachen.de

Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrol Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Walter Leitner
www.itmc.rwth-aachen.de

Chair for Heterogeneous Catalysis and Industrial Chemistry
Institute of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry (ITMC)
Professor Dr. Regina Palkovits
www.itmc.rwth-aachen.de

Biocatalysis and Biosensors (FZ Jülich)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dörte Rother
www.fz-juelich.de

Institute of Organic Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Franziska Schönebeck
www.schoenebeck.oc.rwth-aachen.de

Chair of Inorganic Chemistry and Electrochemistry and Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Simon
www.iac.rwth-aachen.de

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Faculty 4

Chair of Technical Thermodynamics
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Bardow
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gerd Grünefeld
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Leonhard
www.ltt.rwth-aachen.de

Physico-Chemical Fundamentals of Combustion
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Alexander Heufer
www.pcfc.rwth-aachen.de

AVT - Department of Chemical Engineering
www.avt.rwth-aachen.de
Chair of Biochemical Engineering
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Jupke
Chair of Process Systems Enginnering
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Mitsos
Chair of Chemical Process Engineering
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wessling

Institute of Heat and Mass Transfer
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhold Kneer
www.wsa.rwth-aachen.de

Institute for Combustion Engines
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
www.vka.rwth-aachen.de

Institute for Combustion Technology
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heinz Pitsch
www.itv.rwth-aachen.de

Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Katharina Schmitz
www.ifas.rwth-aachen.de

Chair of Fluid Mechanics and Institute of Aerodynamics
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Schröder
www.aia.rwth-aachen.de

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology - Faculty 6

Chair and Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Albert Moser
www.iaew.rwth-aachen.de

Faculty of Arts and Humanities - Faculty 7

Chair of Communication Science
Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Martina Ziefle
www.comm.rwth-aachen.de

School of Business and Economics - Faculty 8

Chair of Operations Management
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Grit Walther
www.om.rwth-aachen.de

Others

Electrocatalysis (FZ Jülich)
Prof. Dr. Karl Mayrhofer
www.fz-juelich.de

Max-Planck-Institut
Heterogeneous Reactions
Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl
www.cec.mpg.de

Max-Planck-Institut
Heterogeneous Catalysis
Prof. Dr. Ferdi Schüth
www.kofo.mpg.de

 

Infrastructure

The FDC provides over 1000 m² of laboratory space, including facilities for the detailed investigation of new fuels under real combustion conditions.

In addition to the expansion of the existing chemical laboratory, a high-pressure chamber for visualization of injection processes, two 1-cylinder research engines for thermodynamic investigations and two optical engines were installed. The "Rapid compression machine" (RCM) and the impact tube are operated by the junior research group "Physico-Chemical Fundamentals Of Combustion" (PCFC) under the direction of Professor Alexander Heufer. Since the FDC also has 600 m² of office space, the research group "Model-Based Fuel Design" (MBFD) of junior professor Kai Leonhard is also based at the FDC in addition to the PCFC staff.

Projects

EXC236 - Cluster of Excellence "Tailor-made fuels from biomass"
Copernicus "Power-To-X"
Project House "P2F"
Project House "ACA"

Workshops

International Conference by the Cluster of Excellence „Tailor-Made Fuels – From Production to Propulsion“

Contact

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Pischinger
Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Benedikt Heuser
Dipl.-Ing. Bastian Lehrheuer

Website

www.fuelcenter.rwth-aachen.de