TUM Campus Straubing

Professorship Chemical Process Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Burger


The professorship is concerned with the development of new PtX processes in methanol follow-up chemistry and is accordingly far behind in the value chain. Based on the synthesis of methanol and formaldehyde, new chemical processes for the production of synthetic diesel fuels OME are also being developed and tested.

Website: Research at CTV

PtX Projects

Renewable low-emission fuels

The project focuses on optimized generation, adaptation of engines and demonstration. The aim is to investigate the production of hydrogen, natural gas/methanol and oxymethylene ether (OME) for energy use in various traffic areas - cars, trucks and ships - and also in large stationary engines.

Oxymethylene ethers (short: OME) are synthetic diesel fuels of the general structure CH3O(CH2O)nCH3 which have a very clean combustion and can be produced sustainably on a syngas basis. Recently, our group has developed an innovative production process for producing OME from methanol and formaldhyde. In this project, this novel process is integrated in a sustainable process chain starting from CO2 activation up to the final use in vehicles. We tackle this task with several partners from industry and academia.

Type: Collaborative project: research initiative "Energiewende im Verkehr".
Funding:  German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi)
Runtime: 10/2018-10/2021
Website: e2Fuels CTV
More Information: TUM Cooperation Project

Sustainable mobility through synthetic fuels 

Investigation of the production and engine application of various synthetic fuels.

The aim of the project is to develop and test synthetic fuels for diesel and gasoline engines that can be produced and used sustainably. When using these fuels, significantly less greenhouse gases are released in total since the CO2 emitted while driving was previously extracted from other sources.

In collaborative research project with more than 30 partners from industry and academia, the production and use of synthetic fuels is studied in holistic fashion. We contribute by errecting a mini-plant for the production of oxymethylene ethers (short: OME), diesel fuels with a very clean combustion and produced sustainably, e.g. from renewable resources. The mini-plant is designed to follow an innovative process concept that was developed in our group within the last five years.

Type: Third-party funded project with industrial participation
Funding:  German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Runtime : 04/2019-03/2022
More Information: TUM Cooperation Project

  • Held, Maximilian; Tönges, Yannic; Pélerin, Dominik; Härtl, Martin; Wachtmeister, Georg; Burger, Jakob: On the energetic efficiency of producing polyoxymethylene dimethyl ethers from CO2 using electrical energy. Energy & Environmental Science 12 (3), 2019, 1019-1034 more…
  • Breitkreuz, Christian F.; Schmitz, Niklas; Ströfer, Eckhard; Burger, Jakob; Hasse, Hans: Design of a Production Process for Poly(oxymethylene) Dimethyl Ethers from Dimethyl Ether and Trioxane. Chemie Ingenieur Technik 90 (10), 2018, 1489-1496 more…
  • Schmitz, Niklas; Breitkreuz, Christian F.; Ströfer, Eckhard; Burger, Jakob; Hasse, Hans: Separation of water from mixtures containing formaldehyde, water, methanol, methylal, and poly(oxymethylene) dimethyl ethers by pervaporation. Journal of Membrane Science 564, 2018, 806-812 more…
  • Schmitz, Niklas; Breitkreuz, Christian F.; Ströfer, Eckhard; Burger, Jakob; Hasse, Hans: Vapor–liquid equilibrium and distillation of mixtures containing formaldehyde and poly(oxymethylene) dimethyl ethers. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification 131, 2018, 116-124 more…


Professorship Chemical Process Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Burger