Dr. Bjorn Brandt

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Topic: Coking-Prevention during Reforming of Propane/Propylene
on Proprietary BASF Catalysts

    • Education:
      • PhD in Physical Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany;
        Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Freund (Fritz-Haber-Institute of theMax-Planck-Society; Associate Professor at Humboldt University).
        Second Advisor: Prof. Klaus Rademann (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)Thesis Title: Selectivity in Hydrocarbon Conversions and Methanol Decompositionon a Pd/Fe3O4 Model Catalyst. A Molecular Beam Study. (2008)
      • Diplom in Chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität (Kiel, Germany);
        Thesis Advisor: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Temps. Second Advisor: Prof. Heinrich Mäder.
        Thesis Title: Examination of Radical Reactions in the Reaction System of Ethane,Methanol and Oxygen by Means of Time-Resolved Mass Spectrometry (2004).
    • Professional History:
      • Postdoc grantfrom the BASF-Columbia University research partnership program“Heterogeneous Catalysis for Environmentally Benign Technologies” (Since November 2010)
      • Postdoctoral Research Associateat the Department for Chemical Engineeringand Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ)
        February – November 2010
        Supervisor: Prof. A. LawalProject: Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Fuels viaPyrolysis Oil andSyngas (Part of a larger project in the work group)
      • PhD Student and Research Associateat the Department for Chemical Physics,Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society (Berlin, Germany) – 2004-2008Research Field: Fundamental Catalysis Studies;
        Research Topics: Hydrocarbon Conversions, Reactions of Methanol on PdNanoparticles and the Fe3O4 Oxide Film, and Oxidation/Reduction of the Pd/Fe3O4 Model Catalyst.
      • Teaching Assistant to Minors in General and Physical Chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität (Kiel, Germany) – 2002-2004
      • Student Research Assistant, Organic Synthesis at the Institute forPharmaceutical Chemistry, Christian-Albrechts-Universität (Kiel, Germany) – 2002
      • Chemical Food Analysis in a Quality Assurance Lab of the Joint Medical Service ofthe German Bundeswehr during Basic Military Service – 1998-1999
    • Conference Participation:
      • Participation in 7 National (German) and Internationational ScienceConferences,including the Meeting of the German Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry, the Annual Meeting of the German Catalysis Society (Weimar), the Meeting of the German Physical Society (DPG – Section Solid State Physics), the European Conference on Surface Science (ECOSS), and the International Conference on Surface Science (ICSS).
      • Participant in the Fifth Informal Conference on Reaction Kinetics andAtmospheric Chemistry (2004, Helsingor, Denmark – Organized by the Nordic Network for Chemical Kinetics, NoNeCK).
  • Selected Publications (approx. 15 publications until now):
    • W. Ludwig, A. Savara, B. Brandt, S. Schauermann, A kinetic study on theconversion of cis-2-butene with deuterium on a Pd/Fe3O4 model catalyst, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011 (available online).
    • M. Wilde, K. Fukutani, W. Ludwig, B. Brandt, J.-H. Fischer, S. Schauermann,H.-J. Freund, Influence of Carbon Deposition on the Hydrogen Distribution in Pd Nanoparticles and Their Reactivity in Olefin Hydrogenation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2007 47(48), 9289-9293.
    • B. Brandt, W. Ludwig, J.-H. Fischer, J. Libuda, F. Zaera, S. Schauermann,Conversion of cis- and trans-2-butene with Deuterium on a Pd/Fe3O4 model catalyst, J. Catal., 2009 265(2), 191-198.
    • B. Brandt, J. Fischer, W. Ludwig, J. Libuda, F. Zaera, S. Schauermann,H.-J. Freund, Isomerization and Hydrogenation of cis-2-Butene on a Pd Model Catalyst, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2008 112(30), 11408-11420.
    • B. Brandt, T. Schalow, M. Laurin, S. Schauermann, J. Libuda, H.-J. Freund,Oxidation, Reduction, and Reactivity of Supported Pd Nanoparticles: Mechanism and Microkinetics, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2007 111(2), 938-949.
    • T. Schalow, B. Brandt, M. Laurin, S. Schauermann, J. Libuda, H.-J. Freund,CO oxidation on partially oxidized Pd nanoparticles, J. Catal., 2006 242(1), 58-70.
    • T. Schalow, M. Laurin, B. Brandt, S. Schauermann, S. Guimond, H. Kuhlenbeck, D.E. Starr, S.K. Shaikhutdinov, J. Libuda, H.-J. Freund, Oxygen Storage at the Metal/Oxide Interface of Catalyst Nanoparticles, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2005 44(46), 7601-7605.
    • W. Ludwig, B. Brandt, G. Friedrichs, F. Temps, Kinetics of the Reaction C2H5+HO2 by Time-Resolved Mass Spectrometry, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2006 110(9), 3330-3337.