Faculty III Process Sciences
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Faculty III offers an exceptional academic and cutting-edge research concept that is unique in both Germany and beyond. Such academic excellence stems from the focused convergence of two core disciplines that are often taught separately at other institutions of higher learning. Faculty III actively promotes the close and fruitful merging of the fields of natural sciences and engineering sciences. The result: a unique combination of academic and research fields in the process sciences.
“Resource-efficient processes and products” is the guiding principle that drives close cooperation between our scientists from the fields of biotechnology, food chemistry and technology, energy and process technology, environmental science and technology, and materials science.
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Processes and process chains are at the heart of teaching and research at Faculty III. These focus on the transformation and transport of energy and materials by means of physical, chemical and biological processes. This research finds practical expression in the spheres of production and waste disposal solutions for chemicals, materials, biotechnological products, energy and energy carriers, foods and fodder, commodities and environmental media. The natural sciences set the agenda in terms of the Faculty’s analytical, chemical and biological research priorities. The engineering disciplines contribute their expertise to the challenges posed by the issues of energy and process technology, as well as materials science. By conducting research at the interfaces between these branches of science we have created a uniquely holistic and sustainable approach to university learning.
The study programs offered by Faculty III adhere to the
methodological principle of ensuring access to a wide spectrum of
natural and engineering sciences. In doing so we are always mindful of
the importance for our students of acquiring subject-specific,
fundamental knowledge in the context of our Bachelor’s degree
programs, followed by more finely delineated, research-oriented
learning in our Master’s degree programs. Our goal: to educate
interdisciplinarily trained, highly qualified process engineers who
can assume managerial positions in industry and commerce, and in
research and engineering. In addition to imparting cutting-edge
technological know-how and providing opportunities for our students to
gain research experience, we also emphasize forward-looking approaches
to, and the holistic planning, development and implementation of
innovative processes and products.
In addition to our worldwide network of exchange projects with partner universities, Faculty III also offers dual degree programs in cooperation with universities in France, Poland, and South Korea. Faculty III also actively participates in the advanced Master’s degree programs “Energy Engineering” and “Water Engineering”; these are two of the three degree courses currently on offer at our new TU Campus in El Gouna, Egypt.
In the area of research, Faculty III is actively contributing to TU Berlin’s future-oriented academic profile. This includes projects associated with the “Excellence Initiative of Federal and State Governments”, collaborative research centers, in addition to our successful “Innovation Centers”. These were established at TU Berlin to underpin the university’s internal strategic approach to promoting interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research on contem-porary issues. Faculty III is integrated in the excellence cluster “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis” (UniCat) with various faculty chairs taking part in the specialist research area of “Complex Process Technology”. Faculty III serves as the lead institution for the DFG Collaborative Research Centers “Integrated Chemical Processes in Liquid Multiphase Systems“ (InPROMPT) and “Substantial efficiency increase in gas turbines through direct use of coupled unsteady combustion and flow dynamics” (TurbIn). Faculty III is also host to three of the university’s six “Innovation Centers”. The “Innovation Center – Energy” is the central focus of TU Berlin’s holistic approach to energy research and complex energy-related issues. The “Innovation Center – Technology for Health and Foods” utilizes a transdisciplinary approach to identifying innovative solutions to research challenges posed by future health- and food-related issues. The “Innovation Center Water in Urban Areas” seeks to find solutions to global water problems by elaborating ‘energy efficient technol-ogies for developed conurbations’.
The future focus of Faculty III is to strengthen intra-departmental, interdisciplinary research activities that address cross-cutting scientific issues in order to further sharpen our profile as Germany’s leading school of process technology.