Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai-Olaf Hinrichsen


Chemical Technology I

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Hinrichsen (b. 1968) researches in the field of industrial catalysis at the interface between natural science and engineering science. His research work is oriented along the process chain, starting from particle design through reactor design to process design. Particular focus is placed on particle technology and catalyst forming as well as multi-scale modeling. In the latter discipline, research is centered on describing chemical reactions at the elementary stage, the numerical simulation and modeling of chemical reactors with respect to their apparatus design, dimensioning and operating characteristics.

After studying power engineering and process technology at TU Berlin and chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, he did his doctorate in Berlin. He completed his lecturer qualification at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2002) and joined TUM in 2004. From 2005 to 2006, he was professor of technical chemistry at the University of Leipzig before accepting his current Chair at TUM in 2007.


  • Young Scientist Prize, International Association of Catalysis Societies (2000)
  • Jochen Block Award, German Society of Catalysis (2003)
  • Dozentenstipendium des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (2004)

Burger T, Koschany F, Thomys O, Köhler K, Hinrichsen O: „COmethanation over promoted Ni/Al(O)x catalysts: Synthesis, characterization and catalysis Study”. Applied Catalysis A. 2018; 558: 44-55.


Jeanty P, Scherer C, Magori E, Wiesner-Fleischer K, Hinrichsen O, Fleischer M: „Upscaling and continuous operation of electrochemical CO2 to CO conversion in aqueous solutions on silver gas diffusion electrodes”. Journal of CO2 Utilization. 2018: 24: 454-462.


Ewald S, Kolbeck M, Kratky T, Wolf M, Hinrichsen O: „On the deactivation of Ni-Al catalysts in CO2 methanation”. Applied Catalysis A: General 2019; 570: 376-386.


von Seckendorff J, Achterhold K, Pfeiffer F, Fischer R, Hinrichsen O: „Experimental and numerical analysis of void structure in random packed beds of spheres”. Powder Technology 2021; 380: 613-628.


Burger T, Donaubauer PJ, Hinrichsen O: „On the kinetics of the co-methanation of CO and CO2 on a coprecipitated Ni-Al catalyst”. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 2021; 282: 119408.