History of the Institute

The Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering (ICVT) at Clausthal University of Technology was founded in 1991 by Prof. Ulrich Hoffmann as "Institute of Chemical Process Engineering" and worked in various fields of reaction engineering until 2004. These included, for example, reactive distillation and the development of ultrasonic reactors, reaction mills, and direct methanol fuel cells. After the appointment of Prof. Thomas Turek, the successful work of the ICVT was continued together with Prof. Ulrich Kunz. The ICVT belongs to the Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering and has a working group at the Research Center Energy Storage Technologies (EST) of TU Clausthal. Some milestones of the institute's development are summarized below.

  • 2002 Filling of the junior professorship for "Chemical Apparatus" with Prof. Urs Peuker, who has headed the Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering and Processing Technology at TU Bergakademie Freiberg since 2008.
  • 2014 Appointment of Prof. Robert Güttel as junior professor for "Apparatuses of Micro Process Engineering". Prof. Güttel moved to the University of Ulm in 2015 and now heads the Institute of Chemical Engineering there.
  • 2016 Renaming of the institute name according to the expansion of the fields of activity to "Institute of Chemical and Electrochemical Process Engineering".
  • 2017 Filling of the junior professorship for "Dynamics of Chemical Processes" with Prof. Gregor Wehinger, who moved to KIT in 2023 and heads the Institute of Chemical Process Engineering there.
  • 2022 Appointment of Prof. Jens Bremer as junior professor for "Chemical Energy Storage" with tenure track.
  • 2022 Retirement of Prof. Ulrich Kunz. His duties are taken over by Dr. Maik Becker as head of the department of Electrochemical Process Engineering.