PD Dr. Andreas Vorholt - Multiphasenkatalyse

PD Dr. Andreas Vorholt
Leiter der Gruppe Multiphasenkatalyse
Abteilung Molekulare Katalyse


Diplom (Chemie)TU Dortmund (2003-2008)
AuslandssemesterUniversity of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (2007)
Master of ScienceEconomic Sciences, TU Dortmund (2009-2011)
Promotion (Dr. rer. nat.)Industrial Chemistry (summa cum laude), TU Dortmund (2008-2011)
Berater Einführung von LEAN Management in mittelständischen Produktionsbetrieben (seit 2012)
Assistenzprofessor (Habilitation)Institute for Technische Chemie, TU Dortmund; Manager of a new independent research group for Resource Efficient Chemistry (2012-2017)
ForschungsaufenthaltWith Dr. M. V. Garland at A*Star Institute for Chemical and engineering sciences, Singapore (01/2015-04/2015)
LehrauftragInstitute for Industrial Chemistry & Petrochemistry, RWTH Aachen: multiphasic catalysis and immobilisation (seit 2016)
LehrauftragInstitute for Technische Chemie, TU Dortmund: value added in chemical industry & chemical processes in case studies (seit 2018)
Gruppenleiter'Multiphasenkatalyse', MPI CEC (seit 2018)
Habilitation Venia Legendi
Technische Chemie
TU Dortmund (2018)


Ausgewählte Publikationen

  • T. Gaide, J. Bianga, K. Schlipköter, A. Behr, and A. J. Vorholt, “Linear Selective Isomerization/ Hydroformylation of Unsaturated Fatty Acid Methyl Esters: A Bimetallic Approach”, ACS Catal., 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b00249
  • H. Warmeling, D. Janz, M. Peters, A. J. Vorholt, “Acceleration of lean aqueous hydroformylation in an innovative jet loop reactor concept”, Chem. Eng. J., 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.07.152
  • J. M. Dreimann, F. Hoffmann, M. Skiborowski, A. Behr and A. J. Vorholt, „Merging Thermomorphic Solvent Systems and Organic Solvent Nanofiltration for Hybrid Catalyst Recovery in a Hydroformylation Process” Ind. Eng. Chem Res., 2017, DOI 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04249
  • T. Gaide, J. M. Dreimann, A. Behr and A. J. Vorholt, “Overcoming Phase-Transfer Limitations in the Conversion of Lipophilic Oleo Compounds in Aqueous Media—A Thermomorphic Approach” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201510738
  • A. Behr and A. J. Vorholt, „Homogeneous Catalysis with renewables”, Springer, 2017, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54161-7

Vollständige Publikationsliste




  • Dr. Jesús Esteban Serrano
  • Dr. Thiemo Faßbach
  • Dr. Jing Jin


  • Simon Musch

PhD Studenten

  • Gottfried Noschmann
  • Thorsten Rösler
  • Marco Schrimpf
  • Katrin Schröder
  • Marc Strohmann
  • Lukas Vömel


  • Tabea Mußfeldt

Research in Multiphase Catalysis

The transition from a fossil resource-based economy to one relying on renewable energy and feedstocks does not come without multiple challenges, among which is the chemical transformation of resources for energy storage and materials.

We at the multiphase catalysis group, within the department of molecular catalysis, want to tackle the research in chemical reaction following a multiscale approach to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying phenomenology, starting from the molecular and phase behaviors up to the process level to make them more sustainable and efficient.

The development of this knowledge falls at the interface between Catalysis, Chemical Reaction Engineering and Process Intensification, to which the Green Chemistry principles must be added. For this reason, the work of this group joins the forces of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering to undertake a series of lines of work, including:

  • Proposal of new reaction schemes to obtain substitute products to existing goods (e.g., fuels) from alternative starting resources.
  • Study of different recycling strategies for homogeneous catalysts in multiphase systems combining computational predictions with experimental efforts.
  • Development of novel reactor concepts for intensified catalysis to enhance mass transfer and catalyst recyclability.

The overall goal is to use the knowledge acquired in these aspects to conduct the implementation of process concepts at the miniplant scale with a focus on flow chemistry and on-line analytics to monitor the long-term stability of catalysts.