Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Director of Course Operations



+44 (0)20 7594 5572a.kogelbauer




205ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus






Date Role
2004- Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London
1999-2004 Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London
1995-1999 Senior Research Associate, Laboratory for Technical Chemistry, Eth-Zürich, Switzerland
1992-1995 Research Associate, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
1987-1992 PhD in Technical Chemistry, Technical University, Vienna, Austria. Thesis title : “Synthesis and reactions of methylamines on zeolite catalysts”
1986-1992 University Assistant, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Technical University, Vienna, Austria
1981-1987 MS Technical Chemistry, Technical University, Vienna, Austria. Thesis title : “Surface chemical and catalytic properties of erionite catalysts”

Research Interests

My main research interests are focused around the application of heterogeneous catalysts for the synthesis of intermediates and fine chemicals. The major motivation is providing environmentally benign routes for the production of chemicals and exploiting specific properties of heterogeneous catalysts such as shape-selectivity, ease of separation and recovery, or thermal stability. Kinetic modelling and in-situ spectroscopic characterisation are applied in order to get a more detailed mechanistic understanding of the working catalyst.

The goal is to provide alternatives for present processes that are acceptable for chemicals producers. Therefore it is imperative to give consideration to factors other than just the catalyst composition at early stages, eg. reaction mode, reactor type, compatibility with solvents, or separation of the catalyst from the products.

Zeolites are among the catalytic materials of particular interest. Their crystalline microporous nature in combination with high thermal stability, ion-exchange and sorption capacity, as well as the ability to generate acidity has made them unique materials for practical applications. To promote the understanding of heterogeneously catalysed reactions, infrared spectroscopy is an excellent tool because it allows the detection of surface species of interest. Co-adsorption studies have proven extremely valuable as model experiment for a variety of reactions. The use, application, and further methodical development of in situ IR spectroscopy for the study of catalyst surfaces will therefore be applied with special emphasis.


ACRE Applied Catalysis and Reaction Engineering programme.



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