Plenary Lectures and Panel Discussions at ACHEMA 2018

Plenary Lectures

Wednesday, 13.6.2018          13:30 – 14:30
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

Sustainable chemical value chains: New perspectives for sector coupling
Walter Leitner, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim/D and RWTH Aachen University/D
Markus Steilemann, Covestro AG, Leverkusen/D

The industrial transformation of carbon-based raw materials into valuable products forms the basis of today’s global economy and modern societies. With products ranging from energy carriers, through plastics and advanced materials, to biologically active compounds, chemistry is essential to cope with the global challenges of our time and move towards a more sustainable ecosystem as enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

However, the adverse effects of the current fossil-based economy become more and more apparent, especially stemming from greenhouse gas emissions. There is an increasing need for broadening the raw material basis by developing and using non-fossil resources together with the deployment of carbon-free energy technologies. The present contribution will discuss the opportunities and challenges of this approach and reveal examples of new products and processes based on it. In particular, it will highlight how strategic partnerships between industry and academia can promote this development.

Thursday, 14.6.2018  13:30 – 14:30
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

Visible-light photoredox catalysis in flow - towards a sustainable production of pharmaceuticals
Timothy Noël, Eindhoven University of Technology /NL
DECHEMA prize winner

Visible light photoredox catalysis has received much attention in recent years as a mild and sustainable activation mode for organic molecules. In particular, when coupled with microreactor technology, an efficient irradiation of the reaction medium is achieved. Yet, the use of solar energy to promote visible light mediated reactions is not widespread and adopts energy-inefficient systems like the “flask in the sun”. The efficient use of solar light as perennial energy source in the fine chemical production industry can reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and enable the transition toward a world driven by clean energy.

The research concerning the development of novel synthetic methods using photoredox catalysis and how these methods can benefit from continuous-flow processing will be discussed. Furthermore, a novel device integrating the luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) concept with photomicroreactors (LSC-PM), allowing the direct use of solar light in photochemistry without the need for any intermediate energy conversion will be presented.


Panel Discussions

Monday, 11.6.2018    13:30 – 15:00
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

Plastic-free Europe?

Plastics are used for a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications due to their diverse properties. A 100% plastic-free Europe, therefore, seems difficult or unrealizable. However, efforts are needed to avoid the use of plastic wherever possible and sensible, to look for sustainable alternatives, to promote (quality high-quality) recycling and also to avoid or at least significantly reduce the impact of plastic waste on ecosystems.

Against the background of the compelling advantages of plastics, but also the need for action with regard to the challenges in connection with plastics, the visions of the discussion participants for the future handling of plastics and their use are discussed - especially with regard to sustainability and industrial approaches.

Moderation: K. Rübberdt, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt/D


Hugo-Maria Schally, European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, Brussels/B
Ingo Sartorius, PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V., Frankfurt am Main/D
Johann Zimmermann, NaKu e.U., Vienna/A
Martin Möller
, Öko-Institut e.V., Freiburg/D
Markus Dambeck, RIGK GmbH, Wiesbaden/D



Tuesday, 12.6.2018   13:30 – 15:00
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

Digitalization meets Process Industry: rewriting business models

The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is more and more lacking innovation, in terms of new elements, molecules, materials and blockbusters. Furthermore, speciality chemicals companies fear commoditization, due to high price pressure of new players as well as new and changing customer expectations - mostly driven by digital solutions from tech companies far out of the process industry.

The traditional chemical and pharmaceutical industry needs to refocus and rebuild its value chain processes to secure its leading market position on a long-term. Digital technologies could lead to new business models as well as start-ups could change the way how business is done in the world of pharma and chemistry.

The chemical industry has shown successfully the decoupling of energy input and production output – can the major players now lead us into an outcome-based economy, where production volume and revenue are decoupled?

Moderation: B. Mathes, DECHEMA e.V., Frankfurt/D

Carsten Bartsch, Hochschule der Bayerischen Wirtschaft, München/D
Philipp Karmires, Linde AG, Pullach/D
James Kugler, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt/D
Mirko Schnitzler, Rebelz Capital Management and Holding GmbH, Essen/D

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