D13 Department of Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering

Research activities


Study of the chemical transformation of reactants to desirable products in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic or non-catalytic systems. Theoretical determination of thermodynamic possibility for certain transformation and experimental determination of kinetic parameters for these transformations. In practice most physical and chemical transformations occur in the multiphase systems, therefore research efforts are focused on the study of the interaction between intrinsic kinetics and transport phenomena.


The emphasys of the research is put on:

  • catalytic wet oxidation of organics dissolved in wastewater carried out in membrane reactors
  • optimization of process hydrodynamic conditions in single- and multi-channel membrane contactors
  • interpretation of experimental data through mathematical modelling and optimization of parameters
  • development of Pd-Cu bimetallic catalysts for integrated process of underground drinking water denitrification
  • kinetic and mechanistic studies of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions with in situ FTIR/ ATR method
  • study of kinetics and mechanisms of catalyzed reactions in the hydrogen production and cleaning processes from primary fuel sources (fossil and renewable) for PEM fuel cells
  • synthesis, structural and electrochemical characterization of new CO-tolerant anode catalysts for PEM fuel cells
  • synthesis, structural and electrochemical characterization of proton conducting nanocomposite polymer membrane for PEM fuel cells.




Energy conversion processes




High throughput system for catalyst and operational parameter testing for the MefCO2 project



Methane steam reforming reactor with CaO sorption



Chemical Reaction Engineering - Blaž Likozar

Link: Chemical Reaction Engineering



Matic Grom: Perspectives of the Petroleum Industry in the Future Energy Mix



Upgrade of liquefied biomass into transportation fuel, by the catalytic hydrodeoxygenation that takes place in a three-phase slurry reactor.




Liquefaction of wood particles and other solid lignocellulosic biomass by solvolysis.




Random packed bed packing simulation