Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2017
    Senior Professor of Physical Chemistry, Bielefeld University

  • 1994 – 2017
    Professor of Physical Chemistry, Bielefeld University

  • 1993 – 1994
    Heisenberg Fellowship (sabbatical from DLR), research stays at ONERA – the French Aerospace Laboratory, Paris, France

  • 1992
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in energy technology, University of Stuttgart

  • 1988 – 1994
    Group Leader, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Stuttgart

  • 1987 – 1988
    Visiting researcher, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, and Molecular Physics, SRI International, USA

  • 1979 – 1994
    Permanent Scientific Staff member, German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1978
    Doctor of Natural Science (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Bochum

  • 1976 – 1979
    Research Assistant at the University of Bochum

  • 1975
    Diplom degree at the University of Bochum

  • 1970 – 1975
    Education in Chemistry at the University of Bochum, Germany

  • 1970
    Abitur (A-levels)

Selected publications

  • K. Kohse-Höinghaus: A new era for combustion research. In: Pure Appl. Chem. 91(2), 2019, 271–288.

  • K. Kohse-Höinghaus: Clean combustion: Chemistry and diagnostics for a systems approach in transportation and energy conversion. In: Prog. Energy Combust. Sci. 65, 2018, 1–5.

  • L. Ruwe et al.: Influences of the molecular fuel structure on combustion reactions towards soot precursors in selected alkane and alkene flames. In:

    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 20, 2018, 10780-10795 (special issue "Bunsentagung 2018: Kinetics in the Real World").

  • L.-S. Tran et al.: Influence of the biofuel isomers diethyl ether and n-butanol on flame structure and pollutant formation in premixed n-butane flames. In: Combust. Flame 175, 2017, 47-59.

  • W. Leitner et al.: Advanced biofuels and beyond: Chemistry solutions for propulsion and production. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56(20), 2017, 5412–5452.

  • N. Hansen et al.: Microwave spectroscopic detection of flame-sampled combustion intermediates. In: RSC Adv. 7(60), 2017, 37867–37872.

  • Kohse-Höinghaus, K.: Combustion chemistry diagnostics for cleaner processes. In: Chem. Eur. J. 22(38), 2016, 13390-13401.

  • Moshammer, K. et al.: Detection and identification of the keto-hydroperoxide (HOOCH2OCHO) and other intermediates during low-temperature oxidation of dimethyl ether. In: J. Phys. Chem. A 119(28), 2015, 7361-7374.

  • Felsmann, D. et al.: Electron ionization, photoionization and photoelectron/photoion coincidence spectroscopy in mass-spectrometric investigations of a low-pressure ethylene/oxygen flame. In: Proc. Combust. Inst. 35(1), 2015, 779-786.

  • Sarathy, S.M. et al.: A comprehensive chemical kinetic combustion model for the four butanol isomers. In: Combust. Flame 159(6), 2012, 2028-2055.

  • Kohse-Höinghaus, K. et al.: Biofuel combustion chemistry: from ethanol to biodiesel. In: Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 49(21), 2010, 3572-3597.

  • Hansen, N. et al.: Recent contributions of flame-sampling molecular-beam mass spectrometry to a fundamental understanding of combustion chemistry. In: Prog. Energy Combust. Sci. 35(2), 2009, 168-191.

  • Taatjes, C.A. et al.: "Imaging" combustion chemistry via multiplexed synchrotron-photoionization mass spectrometry. In: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 10(1), 2008, 20-34.

  • Yang, B. et al.: Identification of combustion intermediates in isomeric fuel-rich premixed butanol-oxygen flames at low pressure. In: Combust. Flame 148(4), 2007, 198-209.

  • McEnally, C.S. et al.: Studies of aromatic hydrocarbon formation mechanisms in flames: Progress towards closing the fuel gap. In: Prog. Energy Combust. Sci. 32(3), 2006, 247-294.

  • Kohse-Höinghaus, K. et al.: Combustion at the focus: laser diagnostics and control. In: Proc. Combust. Inst. 30, 2005, 89-123.

  • Taatjes, C.A. et al.: Enols are common intermediates in hydrocarbon oxidation. In: Science 308, 2005, 1887-1889.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • DFG (program "Joint Sino-German Research Projects"): Homogenous gas-phase reactions in exhaust-gas tail pipes of internal combustion engines

  • FOR 2401: Multiscale Control of Low Temperature Combustion Engines based on Optimization

  • DFG: Experimental and numerical investigations of the chemical kinetics of fuel mixtures in homogeneous low-temperature reactors

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the University Council of Technische Universität Darmstadt, 2016-2020

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technologies, University of Cambridge, UK, 2015-2021

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2014-2017

  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, 2013-2016

  • President of The Combustion Institute, 2012 – 2016

  • Member of the German Council of Science and Humanities, Feb. 2012 – Jan. 2018

  • Member of the Senate of the Hermann von Helmholtz Society of German Research Centres, 2008 – 2013

  • Vice President / President Elect of the Combustion Institute, 2008 – 2012

  • Vice President of the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie, 2009 – 2010

  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2007 – 2013

  • Member of the Senate and Joint Committee of the German Research Foundation, 2007 – 2013

  • President of the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie, 2007 – 2008

  • Member of the Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2004 – 2012; Deputy Chair since 2009

  • Editor-in-Chief for Combustion and Flame, 2004 – 2010

  • Member of the Board of Directors of The Combustion Institute, 2002 – 2014

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Volkswagen Foundation, 2002 – 2012


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  1. A Burning Passion for Science

    Professor Dr. Katharina Kohse-Höinghaus of Bielefeld University has been elected as president of the Combustion Institute in Pittsburgh, USA. Not only is she the first female president, but also the first European president of this international association for combustion research.