The board of the DGMK has announced this year's winners of the DGMK Advancement Award for Young Scientists. Two young scientists from the Technical University of Berlin and the KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology were successful.
Carl-Zerbe-Award for research on the thermochemical conversion of wood
The Carl-Zerbe-Award goes to Dr.-Ing. Alba Diéguez Alonso from the Institute of Energy Technology at the Technical University of Berlin. The research work of Alba Diéguez Alonso deals with the thermochemical conversion of wood.
By means of pyrolysis, wood can be converted into coke-like solids ("charcoal" or "biochar"), tar-like liquid products ("bio-oils") and product gas. During the thermochemical conversion of a chemically very complex solid like wood, numerous chemical reactions and transport processes occur simultaneously. This can lead to secondary reactions in which, for example, undesirable mono- and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can also be formed. Alba Diéguez Alonso has equipped an experimental reactor with a novel combination of on-line analysis techniques and contributed with her investigations to the understanding of the process. She has precisely characterised the bio-cokes obtained from pyrolysis and studied their suitability for applications such as the improvement of barren soils and carbon sequestration. Her research has thus provided important scientific findings on a partial aspect of the energy system transformation.
The award will be awarded within the framework of the DGMK event "Thermochemical conversion - key building block for future energy and raw material systems" May 23, 2019 in Dresden.