RWTH Aachen University: Cluster of Excellence Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass
The cluster of excellence ”Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass” adopts an interdisciplinary approach, through the application of optimised synthesis processes, towards research of new, biomass-based synthetic fuels, in order to verify their potential, with regard to modern combustion technologies, while simultaneously reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. The long-term goal is to determine the optimal combination of fuel components and their production processes, which is based on renewable raw materials and new combustion processes.
The excellence cluster is focused on identifying innovative solutions for the customised conversion of the major components of plant material into value-added products, particularly for fuels and fuel components as the most important technological and scientifically challenging application. The conversion of bio-material into tailor-made fuels, and the definition of optimal fuel properties, on both, the macroscopic and molecular level, poses a great challenge to chemo catalysis and bio catalysis, process technology, combustion research and engine development. The interdisciplinary nature of this approach is the key to a holistic and sustainable solution for future vehicular traffic, which is a basic necessity for a modern society.