Christoph Gross

PhD Student


Catalysis Research Center and Chemistry Department

Technische Universität München

Lichtenbergstraße 4 85747 Garching, Germany




since 04/2021 PhD student supervised by Prof. Johannes A. Lercher, Lehrstuhl für Technische Chemie II, TUM
10/2020-02/2021 Internship at Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH
10/2018-02/2021    Master of Science (chemistry), TUM
10/2015-09/2018    Bachelor of Science (chemistry), TUM
07/2014-01/2015 Military service
2014 Matura at Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt Weiz

High Pressure Ring Opening using supported NiWMo catalysts

The interest in investigating the removal of polynuclear aromatics from fuel has steadily increased over the last few decades as an effort to decrease fossil fuel's environmental impact. While commercially available catalysts usually utilize hydrogenating agents based on one or more noble metals and are very susceptible to impurities in the feed, supported mixed metal sulfides show significantly higher tolerances towards contaminants. The main goal of my thesis is to investigate these mixed metal catalysts, especially their ring-opening behavior at varying conditions. Catalysts will be synthesized, characterized and subsequently tested in high-pressure trickle bed reactors to investigate the influence of metal composition (Ni, W, Mo), as well as pressure, temperature, and spacetime, on the selectivity towards ring opening of decalin.