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RWTH Aachen University

The RWTH is the largest technical university in Germany with 45,256 students enrolled in 157-degree programs. >7,000 students and >900 doctoral students graduate annually from RWTH. The number of foreign students (10,455 students from 125 countries) and RWTH ́s great international network (of formalized cooperations) with over 100 universities worldwide highlight the university’s strong international reputation. The university’s annual budget amounts to approx. 948M€, with about 360M€ covered by external funding. The RWTH is composed of 260 institutes in 9 faculties. It offers 36 graduate programs among which are nine so-called Research Training Groups funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The RWTH is one of 11 German Universities of Excellence and receives additional funding for one graduate school and two clusters of excellence from the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the DFG.

At RWTH, Aachener Verfahrenstechnik (AVT Aachen Chemical Engineering) successfully bundles chemical engineering at RWTH Aachen University. The formerly independent chairs of bioprocess engineering (AVT.BioVT), fluid process engineering (AVT.FVT), membrane science (AVT.CVT), soft matter process engineering (AVT.SMP) and process engineering (AVT.SVT) joint forces with one common research objective to utilize renewable carbon for a bioeconomy. The AVT is now working in the newly built Center for Next Generation Processes and Products (NPG2) as a shared research platform, which also includes a jointly operated research biorefinery as an individual entity within RWTH.

Key Persons Involved

Joern Viell (M)
Group leader of bioprocess development at the chair for Process Systems Engineering (AVT.SVT).