Wednesday 20 September 2017

The Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem

A tale of two Gulf spills: A research consortium of 19 institutions from 5 countries studying the impacts of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico.

Michael Schlüter
Michael Schlüter
Andreas Liese
Andreas Liese
Dieter Krause
Dieter Krause
Stephen Larter
Stephen Larter
Rudi Müller
Rudi Müller
Ryan Snowdon
Ryan Snowdon
Paul Bubenheim
Paul Bubenheim
Steffen Hackbusch
Steffen Hackbusch
Katrin Laqua
Katrin Laqua
Juan Viamonte Dominguez
Juan Viamonte Dominguez
Nuttapol Noirungsee
Nuttapol Noirungsee
Martina Schedler
Martina Schedler
Ana Gabriella Valladares Juarez
Ana Gabriella Valladares Juarez
Karen Malone
Karen Malone
Aprami Jaggi
Aprami Jaggi
Simeon Pesch
Simeon Pesch
Jagos Radovic
Jagos Radovic

Michael Schlüter

Michael Schlüter
Designation: Task Lead
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments
Secondary Task: Near and Far Field Modeling

The Institute of Multiphase Flows is working on the analysis of transport phenomena in fluids with dispersed bubbles, droplets and solids – indispensable for most processes in chemical engineering, biotechnology and petro chemistry. Transport phenomena are investigated from micro-scale to commercially relevant length-scales to identify and overcome transport limitations for momentum, heat and mass transfer. By combining experimental research, modeling and numerical simulation a deep insight into the physical and chemical fundamentals of transport processes becomes possible in order to enable or intensify chemical and biochemical reactions.

Andreas Liese

Andreas Liese
Designation: Team Member
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

Dr. Andreas Liese is the Head of the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis. Their main research field covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists interact in a unique interdisciplinary way in our laboratories that provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and education. The institute is involved in different B. Sc. and M. Sc. programs and takes care of BTA and CTA applicants.

Dieter Krause

Dieter Krause
Designation: Team Member
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments
Secondary Task: Near and Far Field Modeling

Director of the Institute of Product Development and Mechanical Engineering

Stephen Larter

Stephen Larter
Designation: Team Member
Institution: University of Calgary
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments
Secondary Task: PAH in Sediments

Concerns about the environmental impact of fossil fuel, recovery, processing and use, with associated greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and air pollution, combined with societal pressure to implement more sustainable energy systems has grown rapidly in recent years. In June 2015, the G7 governments agreed to a complete decarbonisation of our energy systems by 2100. While even shorter timelines for very substantial decarbonisation of our energy systems( by 2050), are necessary to avoid dangerous rates of climate change, this signals clearly that a key focus of our research and skills, must be to facilitate a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and decrease emissions and other environmental impacts associated with current fossil fuel use strategies during this transition.

We have for some time been working on reduced emission to atmosphere recovery of energy from oil and gas and coal, both academically and via spin-off companies. We will phase that program out over the next few years and focus increasingly on zero emission to atmosphere (ZETAR), recovery approaches for energy recovery from fossil fuels, that emit zero net CO2 through the full fuel cycle. We are also now increasing our research on CO2 storage and other subsurface waste storage issues, contaminated water issues, the nature of natural surfactant systems in a variety of settings and on climate related proxy systems and the origin and fate of dissolved organic matter in water bodies. As ever, our program will be supported by novel analytical method developments, with a core interest in FTMS technologies, and we seek not only to produce impactful basic research but also practical solutions and commercially viable technologies. To reflect this change of focus and renewed effort to actually solve real problems, we have kept our PRG logo, with a minor change, reflecting our new focus on this crucial transition in the world. We are now just PRG and our new logo reflects the world in transition that we live in. Our research page shows the renewed focus.

Rudi Müller

Rudi Müller
Designation: Team Member
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

Dr. Mueller is a Research Scientist with the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis at TUHH

Biosynthesis needs to be understood as "chemistry by nature“. The challenge is to understand selected biological principles as well as processes in chemical terms, to transfer, apply them to and combine them with the traditional concepts of chemical catalysis. A key tool or prerequisite for the application of biocatalysts is the appropriate reaction engineering. Consequently, our main research field covers fundamental and technical aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology.

Ryan Snowdon

Ryan Snowdon
Designation: Team Member
Institution: University of Calgary
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments
Secondary Task: PAH in Sediments

Concerns about the environmental impact of fossil fuel, recovery, processing and use, with associated greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and air pollution, combined with societal pressure to implement more sustainable energy systems has grown rapidly in recent years. In June 2015, the G7 governments agreed to a complete decarbonisation of our energy systems by 2100. While even shorter timelines for very substantial decarbonisation of our energy systems( by 2050), are necessary to avoid dangerous rates of climate change, this signals clearly that a key focus of our research and skills, must be to facilitate a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and decrease emissions and other environmental impacts associated with current fossil fuel use strategies during this transition.

We have for some time been working on reduced emission to atmosphere recovery of energy from oil and gas and coal, both academically and via spin-off companies. We will phase that program out over the next few years and focus increasingly on zero emission to atmosphere (ZETAR), recovery approaches for energy recovery from fossil fuels, that emit zero net CO2 through the full fuel cycle. We are also now increasing our research on CO2 storage and other subsurface waste storage issues, contaminated water issues, the nature of natural surfactant systems in a variety of settings and on climate related proxy systems and the origin and fate of dissolved organic matter in water bodies. As ever, our program will be supported by novel analytical method developments, with a core interest in FTMS technologies, and we seek not only to produce impactful basic research but also practical solutions and commercially viable technologies. To reflect this change of focus and renewed effort to actually solve real problems, we have kept our PRG logo, with a minor change, reflecting our new focus on this crucial transition in the world. We are now just PRG and our new logo reflects the world in transition that we live in. Our research page shows the renewed focus.

Paul Bubenheim

Paul Bubenheim
Designation: Team Member
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

Dr. Bubenheim is a Research Scientist with the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis at TUHH

Biosynthesis needs to be understood as „chemistry by nature“. The challenge is to understand selected biological principles as well as processes in chemical terms, to transfer, apply them to and combine them with the traditional concepts of chemical catalysis. A key tool or prerequisite for the application of biocatalysts is the appropriate reaction engineering. Consequently, our main research field covers fundamental and technical aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology.

Steffen Hackbusch

Steffen Hackbusch
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

The Institute of Technical Biocatalysis covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists interact in a unique interdisciplinary way in our laboratories that provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and education. The institute is involved in different B. Sc. and M. Sc. programs and takes care of BTA and CTA applicants.

Katrin Laqua

Katrin Laqua
Designation: Research Scientist
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

The Institute of Multiphase Flows is working on the analysis of transport phenomena in fluids with dispersed bubbles, droplets and solids – indispensable for most processes in chemical engineering, biotechnology and petro chemistry. Transport phenomena are investigated from micro-scale to commercially relevant length-scales to identify and overcome transport limitations for momentum, heat and mass transfer. By combining experimental research, modeling and numerical simulation a deep insight into the physical and chemical fundamentals of transport processes becomes possible in order to enable or intensify chemical and biochemical reactions.

Juan Viamonte Dominguez

Juan Viamonte Dominguez
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

The Institute of Technical Biocatalysis covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists interact in a unique interdisciplinary way in our laboratories that provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and education. The institute is involved in different B. Sc. and M. Sc. programs and takes care of BTA and CTA applicants.

Nuttapol Noirungsee

Nuttapol Noirungsee
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

The Institute of Multiphase Flows is working on the analysis of transport phenomena in fluids with dispersed bubbles, droplets and solids – indispensable for most processes in chemical engineering, biotechnology and petro chemistry. Transport phenomena are investigated from micro-scale to commercially relevant length-scales to identify and overcome transport limitations for momentum, heat and mass transfer. By combining experimental research, modeling and numerical simulation a deep insight into the physical and chemical fundamentals of transport processes becomes possible in order to enable or intensify chemical and biochemical reactions.

Nuttapol was our Student of the Month in September of 2015.  Read more "Ice" in our blog.

Martina Schedler

Martina Schedler
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

The Institute of Technical Biocatalysis covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists interact in a unique interdisciplinary way in our laboratories that provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and education. The institute is involved in different B. Sc. and M. Sc. programs and takes care of BTA and CTA applicants.

Ana Gabriella Valladares Juarez

Ana Gabriella Valladares Juarez
Designation: Research Scientist
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

The Institute of Technical Biocatalysis covers technical and fundamental aspects of the application of whole cells and isolated enzymes in biocatalysis and environmental biotechnology. The research involves bioprocess development, non-conventional biotransformations, online reaction analysis, microreaction engineering as well as biodegradation. Process engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and microbiologists interact in a unique interdisciplinary way in our laboratories that provide state-of-the-art equipment for research and education. The institute is involved in different B. Sc. and M. Sc. programs and takes care of BTA and CTA applicants.

Dr. Valladares-Juarez is currently on leave after the birth of her daughter.  Congratulations!

Karen Malone

Karen Malone
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

Constructive development of deep-sea testing

The increasing development of the deepwater producing raw materials requires new technologies and a deeper understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes under extreme environmental conditions (high pressure, low temperatures). In the high-pressure test rigs of PKT sensors are tested for use in the field and developed experimental setups for investigation of oil spills in the deep sea.

Aprami Jaggi

Aprami Jaggi
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: University of Calgary
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments

Concerns about the environmental impact of fossil fuel, recovery, processing and use, with associated greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and air pollution, combined with societal pressure to implement more sustainable energy systems has grown rapidly in recent years. In June 2015, the G7 governments agreed to a complete decarbonisation of our energy systems by 2100. While even shorter timelines for very substantial decarbonisation of our energy systems( by 2050), are necessary to avoid dangerous rates of climate change, this signals clearly that a key focus of our research and skills, must be to facilitate a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and decrease emissions and other environmental impacts associated with current fossil fuel use strategies during this transition.

We have for some time been working on reduced emission to atmosphere recovery of energy from oil and gas and coal, both academically and via spin-off companies. We will phase that program out over the next few years and focus increasingly on zero emission to atmosphere (ZETAR), recovery approaches for energy recovery from fossil fuels, that emit zero net CO2 through the full fuel cycle. We are also now increasing our research on CO2 storage and other subsurface waste storage issues, contaminated water issues, the nature of natural surfactant systems in a variety of settings and on climate related proxy systems and the origin and fate of dissolved organic matter in water bodies. As ever, our program will be supported by novel analytical method developments, with a core interest in FTMS technologies, and we seek not only to produce impactful basic research but also practical solutions and commercially viable technologies. To reflect this change of focus and renewed effort to actually solve real problems, we have kept our PRG logo, with a minor change, reflecting our new focus on this crucial transition in the world. We are now just PRG and our new logo reflects the world in transition that we live in. Our research page shows the renewed focus.

Simeon Pesch

Simeon Pesch
Designation: PhD Student
Institution: Hamburg University of Technology
Primary Task: Task 2
Expertise: Turbulence in Bubbly Flows

Jagos Radovic

Jagos Radovic
Designation: Postdoctoral Fellow
Institution: University of Calgary
Primary Task: High Pressure Experiments
Expertise: Petrochemisty

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