Csepei, Lénárd-István Dr.

Sustainable Catalytic Processes

Since 2013, Lénárd Csepei has been working at Fraunhofer IGB BioCat, Straubing branch where he currently coordinates the heterogeneous catalysis project portfolio of the Innovation Field "Sustainable catalytic processes". Literally as well as figuratively following in the footsteps of Joseph von Fraunhofer, he turned his attention to technology transfer for power-to-X and CO2 conversion processes. He acquired and worked on several national and EU H2020 projects. Besides that, he also carried out 15 consulting projects serving different industrial branches: flavors & fragrances, energy, agrochemicals, food & feed, aviation and waste management.

    • Heterogeneous catalytic processes
    • Methanol, ethylene, propylene and their value chain
    • Ammonia synthesis
    • Combined chemical and biotechnological processes
    • Techno-economic analysis on renewable synthesis processes
  • Professional career

    Since 2013 Senior scientist at Fraunhofer IGB, BioCat in Straubing
    2011 – 2013 Scientist at the Institute of Power Engineering, Technical University in Dresden
    2007 – 2011 PhD degree in Heterogeneous Catalysis, Fritz-Haber Institute of Max-Planck Society in Berlin
    2005 – 2006 Master degree in Applied Electrochemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca in Romania
    2001 – 2005 Diploma degree in Chemistry, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca in Romania
  • Project title short Funding source Period Project title long
    EcoFuel EU January 2021 – December 2023 Renewable electricity-based, cyclic and economic production of fuel
    Green Ammonia Industry project November 2018 – July 2020 Production of green ammonia in Morocco
    ZENK   since 2021 Center for sustainable fuels
    CO2EXIDE EU January 2018 – December 2020 CO2-based electrosynthesis of ethylene oxide
    PtM BMBF 2018 – 2021  Power-to-Methanol
    eleMeMe BMWi March 2017 – February 2020 Decentralized decoupling of power generation and energy supply
    PFIFF / PFIFFIG BMBF October 2017 – January 2024 Polymer fibers from biobased furanoates (targeting industrial grade)
    CELBICON EU March 2016 – November 2019 Cost-effective carbon dioxide conversion into chemicals
    Electricity as a Raw Material Fraunhofer August 2015 – July 2018 Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project
    Center for Energy Storage Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie 2012 – 2018