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Christian Hornung's Biography

Christian Hornung, Research Group Leader, CSIRO

Christian H. Hornung is a Group Leader and Principal Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Melbourne, Australia, which he joined in 2010. He received a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany in 2004 and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University, UK in 2008, where he worked in the groups of Prof. Malcolm R. Mackley and Prof. Steven V. Ley. Christian has more than 20 years of experience working in flow chemistry for chemical manufacture of APIs, fine chemicals and related industries, on the interface between chemistry and engineering. Christian is the director of FloWorks, CSIRO’s Centre for Industrial Flow Chemistry, which is a $10M technology transfer facility aimed at translating new continuous flow processes into production. Christian’s research interest includes microreactor engineering, additive manufacturing, organic synthesis, heterogeneous catalysis, machine learning and polymer chemistry and he is currently leading a large multi-institutional effort to build a renewable hydrogen ecosystem using chemical hydrogen storage in Australia. Most recently Christian has been awarded an International Hydrogen Research Fellowship from the Australian Government, which allowed him to conduct several months of research at the collaborating Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany.

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Structured Catalysts for Hydrogenations in Chemical Manufacture and for the Storage of Renewable Hydrogen

Thursday, 7 November 2024 at 16:30

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Over the past 10 years, our group has developed and commercialized a new structured catalyst system, termed Catalytic Static Mixers or CSMs. This technology is based on additively manufactured metal scaffolds which are coated with a noble metal catalyst such as Pt, Pd, Ni, Ru or others. The CSMs are then used inside conventional tubular reactors for continuous flow hydrogenations in chemical manufacturing and for the chemical storage of renewable hydrogen. With the help of computational fluid dynamics and AI-assisted algorithms, the structure of the mixer lattice can be optimized for a range of different outputs, such as minimized pressure drop, maximized heat transfer or enhanced mixing. CSMs are classified as a hierarchical catalyst system, whereby different length scales are addressed by different preparation methods; cm-, mm- and µm-scale features are formed by the powder bed, metal 3D printing process and by classical engineering design of the reactor, while certain µm- and nm-scale features are created during the catalyst preparation and deposition procedures. This results in a highly efficient and versatile catalyst platform which can be used in a broad range of different applications.

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