Possibilities at ICVT

Thesis, internship, lectures, ...

What can an international student do at the ICVT?

The ICVT is one of the institues that integrate the faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering. ICVT stays for 'Institut für Chemische Verfahrenstechnik', and its activity is straightly focused in chemical and process engineering.

Hence, the possibilities of international students regarding the above mentioned or related studies are basically the same as of any other student.

Attending lectures for the specialisation in chemical process engineering

Lectures can be attended and validated according the agreements between home university and the University of Stuttgart and the parameters to which each exchange program is subject. A list of all the subjects offered not only at the ICVT but also in the totality of institutes constituting the faculty of Energy Technology, Process Engineering and Biological Engineering here.


Each institute offers the possibility of working as an assistant related generally with the projects that are being carried out at the institute. This is regulated by a contract (generally 20 to 40 hours per month) and is economically remunerated. If you are interested in working as a HiWi at the ICVT you just need to visit us and ask for the possibility of getting such a task. We will be glad to show you the institute, our activities and eventually, taking you for such a job.

Internship (Praktikum)

At most universities, internships are compulsory parts of the studies plan. In cooperation with DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and through the exchange programs IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) and RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering), the ICVT offers exchange students the possibility of fulfilling such experience by co-working in the research projects carried out at the institute.

Bachelor or Master Thesis

These projects are in close relation with the research projects carried at the institue and therefore, closely supervised by its developers. You have access to the current offers of Bachelor and Master thesis at the ICVT. However, it is always worth to visit us and check personally if some new possibilities are eventually offered. Some fields of work in which student thesises are possible in principle or have already been carried out can be found in the following overview:

  • Process simulation (e.g. with Matlab, Promot/Diana)
    • Simulation of adsorption processes (M. Scherle)
    • Heat exchanger reactors for heterogeneous catalysis (C. Walter)
  • Macroscopic simulations of (reactive) flows (e.g. with OpenFOAM, Ansys Fluent)
    • Reactions at the interface of ascending bubbles (S. Gast)
    • Mass transport in reactors for polyreactions (C. Zander)
    • Simulation of nozzle flows and separation behaviour of nanoparticles (F. Bühner)
  • Transport processes in porous media (e.g. with Comsol Multiphysics, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Matlab)
    • Adsorption in activated carbons (M. Scherle)
    • Multiphase flows in gas diffusion electrodes
    • Asymptotic homogenization of porous structures (J. Matthies)
  • Morphology formation processes (e.g. with the phase field method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics)
  • Mesoscopic simulations of complex fluids (with Smoothed Dissipative Particle Dynamics)
    • Migration behaviour of polymers in boundary layers (C. Zander)
  • Kinetic modelling (e.g. with Matlab, Predici)
  • Structure formation, heat and mass transport
    • Characterization of heat and mass transport in adsorbents and their capacity (M. Scherle)
    • Characterization of catalyst surface structures (D. Dobesch)
    • Evaporation in micro heat exchangers (C. Walter)
    • Investigation of fouling behavior in reactors for solution polymerization (C. Zander)
  • Generation and characterization of nanoparticles
    • Generation of metallic nanoparticles by spark discharge and their characterization (A. Muntean)
    • Investigation of the deposition behaviour of nanoparticles (A. Muntean, F. Bühner)
  • Kinetic studies
    • Investigation of the catalytic behaviour of platinum/palladium nanoparticles (D. Dobesch, A. Muntean)
    • Evaluation of coated metal mesh as catalyst carrier (C. Walter)
    • Kinetic measurements in liquid phases under increased pressure (S. Gast)
    • Experiments on the kinetic characterization of polymerization systems (C. Zander)
    • Investigation of the adsorption kinetics under process conditions of the adsorption cooling process (M. Scherle)
  • Reactor development and construction
    • Development of high temperature stable, ceramic kinetic reactors (C. Walter, J. Matthies)
    • Construction and operation of kinetic reactors, e.g. differential circuit reactors (J. Matthies)
    • Experiments in the high-pressure bubble column with different reaction systems (S. Gast)
    • Development of test systems for the characterization of fouling behavior in polymer reactions (C. Zander)
  • Development and testing of analytical methods
    • Development of online measurement techniques for the characterization of nanoparticles (F. Bühner)
    • Spatially resolved measurement of concentrations or temperatures, e.g. with mass spectrometers with capillary inlet or fiber optic methods (M. Scherle, C. Walter, C. Zander)