Waste Incineration in the Future

(March 2022)

The aim of the new position paper "Waste Incineration in the Future" is to create a factually sound basis for the discussion on the future role of thermal waste treatment in the Circular Economy.


Covid-19 and the role of aerosol particles

(December 2020)

In the AAF working committee experts in the field of Chemistry, Aerosol Physics and Engineering Sciences deal with questions on the origin, the spreading, the composition, and the impact of particulate matter in the environment. Many aspects of these works do also matter in the current pandemic. In a position paper the AAF analyses the aerosole transmission pathway in the corona pandemic more closely. The experts take a look at countermeasures and explain how masks, airing, air cleaning and overhead exhaust systems can reduce the aerosole load and thereby thr virus transmission.

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Guideline Incident Investigation

(November 2018)

With the new guideline "Incident Investigation", the ProcessNet Working Committee Lessons from Process Safety Incidents provides safety experts from small and medium-sized enterprises with a tool to analyze non-notifiable incidents and near misses and to derive measures for the future. The guideline describes the steps from the composition of the investigation team to the analysis method and the definition of measures to the communication of the learnings from the incident.

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Key Topic Collection for Catalysis Teaching (Lehrprofil Katalyse)

(March 2018)

The 34-page brochure published by the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) contains not only the essential basics but also the key topics of modern catalysis research for teachers and learners. GeCatS thus makes a recommendation as to which topics should be covered in catalysis training and how these can be integrated into Master's programmes as well as into doctoral and postdoctoral training courses.

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Position paper Advanced alternative liquid fuels

(March 2018)

For climate protection in the global raw materials change - Position paper of the ProcessNet Working Group “Alternative Liquid and Gaseous Fuels”

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Phytoextracts - Proposal towards a new comprehensive research focus

(July 2017)

In order to meet the growing demand for and exploit the potential of phytoextracts for food, pharmaceutical or agrochemical applications, a coordinated research approach with adequate public funding is mandatory. In its current position paper “Phytoextracts – Proposal towards a new and comprehensive research focus”, the ProcessNet sub-division “Phytoextracts – Products and processes” outlines the state of research and technology and gives recommendations for research targets and approaches

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Trends and Perspectives in Industrial Water Treatment

(June 2017)

Raw Water – Process – Waste Water
Global changes in water availability and the manifold regulatory frameworks have already prompted many companies to develop ambitious strategies to improve their water usage efficiency. This requires a combination of know-how and process technology, embedded in integrated industrial water management solutions.

Due to the high innovation potential of an integrated industrial water management the ProcessNet Subject Division Production-Integrated Water/Waste Water Technology has developed a position paper to highlight the trends and perspectives in industrial water technology.

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Roadmap „Chemical Reaction Engineering“

(May 2017)

With this 2nd edition of the Roadmap the ProcessNet subject division Chemical Reaction Engineering addresses the general trend that Chemical Reaction Engineering is directly defining product quality and product properties and, thus, is getting directly involved in the development of innovative application characteristics of products. To an increasing extent Chemical Reaction Engineering is also a key for the process and product development of industrial sectors outside the chemical industry such as energy technology or automotive engineering. Chemical Reaction Engineering is not anymore only devoted to understand, design and optimize chemical reactors in terms of yield, energy and efficiency. In addition, it is a key enabler for product innovations and new business concepts through e.g. product by process approaches or modular plant concepts.
All the aspects mentioned before are considered now in the 2nd edition of the roadmap including case studies, technical chapters and an outlook updated accordingly.

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White Paper Modular Plants

(December 2016)

The present White Paper „Modular Plants“ was developed in the temporary ProcessNet working group „Modular Systems“ in a close cooperation between industry and research institutions. It provides the current state of the joint efforts to improve the modularisation of plant technology in the chemical industry. The paper calls for a standardization of the nomenclature for modular production concepts to provide the basis for a wide industrial application of the technology. It points out obstacles but also possible development paths of modularisation and weighs its strengths against risks. Furthermore, research needs and funding actions are identified that are necessary for the further implementation of modular system concepts. A translation of the text into German is planned and publication should be done at the same place.

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Adhesive Bonding Roadmap: Increasing Trust in Adhesives

(May 2016)

Research in the field of adhesives is a key factor in the development of innovative products in many industries. However, there is still a need for extensive research in order to enable the use of adhesives in production processes to be managed more effectively and to enable the service life of bonded joints to be predicted more reliably. The roadmap outlines current and future areas of research in adhesive technology and provides orientation for application-oriented R&D.

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Position Paper Energy Storage Systems - The Contribution of Chemistry

(March 2015)

Energy storage systems for the energy transition: Position Paper of the Joint Working group on Chemical Energy Research. Fundamental research for new storage technologies, a data base for the economic evaluation and an integrated system including electricity, heat and mobility are required in order to implement the energy transition successfully. A comprehensive article supplementing the position paper has been published in Chemie Ingenieur Technik (access via

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Technology Roadmap "Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes"

(June 2013)

The Technology Roadmap "Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes" explores how the chemicals sector can harness catalysis and other related technology advances to improve on energy efficiency in its production processes. Furthermore, it evaluates how continuous improvements and breakthrough technology options can affect energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emission rates in the chemical sector. Measures from policy makers, investors, academia and the sector to facilitate developments in catalytic technology and implement its potential around the globe are also described. The roadmap has been jointly developed by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and DECHEMA to demonstrate the role catalytic processes can play to improve the chemicals sector's energy and GHG emissions intensity.

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Catalysis beyond the Roadmap

(October 2012)

Supplement to the Roadmap for Catalysis Research in Germany published by the German Catalysis Society

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