Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Uwe Hampel

Experimental Thermal Fluid Dynamics
Phone: +49 351 260 2772

Helmholtz Energy Alliance

Contributing Helmholtz-Centers: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
External partners: Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH)
Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme Dresden (IKTS)
Scientific coordinator: Prof. Dr. Uwe Hampel (HZDR)
Duration: July 1, 2012 – December 31, 2015


The achievement of international and national climate objectives and the alteration of the electrical power supply system towards increased use of renewable energy sources in Germany require higher efforts in energy efficiency. The energy consumption in large industrial process, such as in the metal, paper, glass, and chemical industry has become a major concern. For the chemical industry as one of the largest primary energy consumers research and development activities towards “energy efficient chemical processes, optimization of reactor technology and process chain shortening” are of special importance (Energy Research Programme of the German federal government 2011).

The Helmholtz-Energy-Alliance „Energy Efficient Multiphase Processes“ carries out research and development for new process technologies in multiphase reaction engineering, targeting on an optimal process control and therefore reduced energy demand, especially in the downstream processing operations. New structured reactor concepts from micro-reactors to large-scale chemical reactors are hereby in the focus of the alliance. Research is carried out on new metallic and ceramic catalyst structures, such as monoliths and foams, with focus on characterization and manufacturing technologies. More methodological work is dedicated to the multi-scale modeling of hydrodynamics and reaction from the pore level up to reactor scale and the development of new measurement technique for multiphase processes. The project in embraced by dedicated system analytical analyses evaluating the economic efficiency and sustainability of new reactor technologies for the complete life cycle of plants, products and process chains.