TU Bergakademie Freiberg – Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering


The TU Bergakademie Freiberg was founded in 1765. It is the German University of Resources focusing on education and research along the whole value chain of mineral and energy resources from exploration, mining, conversion and beneficiation to recycling. This specialization is reflected in the profile of the university: Geo, Material, Energy and Environment. The International Freiberg Conference is organized by the Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC). Not only is IEC the biggest institute in TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Saxony; it is also the leading institution in research and development activities relating to large-scale gasification processes in Germany.

The research at IEC is carried out under three chairs:

Chair of Energy Process Engineering (EVT)

The Chair of Energy Process Engineering (EVT) focuses on innovative processes, technologies and systems associated with transition from a linear and carbon intensive to a low carbon, circular and hydrogen economy for sectors ranging from energy, chemical, waste, metallurgy to processing industries. Key objectives are (1) the minimization of CO2 emissions associated with the thermo-chemical conversion of primary and secondary carbon resources, and (2) changing waste from a problem to a resource.  

R&D activities at EVT range focus on fossil as well as renewable energy resources such as crude oil, natural gas, coal, biomass, carbon-containing waste and CO2. Through a coupling with renewable energy („green“ electricity, „green“ hydrogen) and the chemical recycling of secondary carbon resources, CO2 emissions-free chemical production can be achieved and technically realized.

Besides four large-scale pilot platform facilities, EVT also operates a fully-equipped laboratory facility and diverse bench-scale facilities with an interdisciplinary team of about 80 scientists and technical specialists. EVT staff is organized in 7 R&D divisions across four R&D focuses: 

  • Feedstock & conversion (Mineral matter; Thermochemical conversion)
  • Processes & components (CFD modeling; Plant operation)
  • Technologies (Technologies for solid fuels gasification; Syngas technologies)
  • Systems (Technology assessment)

Aim of EVT’s R&D activities is to make a substantial and impactful contribution to the successful transformation of carbon intensive sectors from a linear towards a sustainable, resource-efficient, low carbon, circular and hydrogen economy. Additionally, we aim to make a significant contribution to resolve the global waste crisis.

Chair for Reaction Engineering (RT)

The Chair for Reaction Engineering (RT) address fundamental and applied aspects in the field of exhaust gas purification, CO2 reduction as well as production of synthetic and biogenic fuels. A particular feature is the knowledge-based development of advanced catalytic materials and chemical processes. These activities cover a wide area of research ranging from preparation and physical-chemical characterization of catalysts, in situ/operando spectroscopy, kinetic modeling to reactor and process engineering.

Professorship for Modeling of Thermochemical Conversion Processes

The Professorship for Modeling of Thermochemical Conversion Processes focuses on model-based investigation, development and optimization of new, sustainable technologies in the chemical industry and metallurgy. This includes reactors of various designs as well as different syntheses. The R&D activities cover the entire scale, from chemically reacting single particles to the overall reactor, and extend from basic research to technology development in cooperation with our partners from industry and business. 

Institute of Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering
Fuchsmuehlenweg 9 D, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
Phone: +49-3731-394511 / Fax: +49-3731-394555

More Information:
IEC Homepage
Factsheet R&D

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