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Dr. Thomas Pielhop

Dr. Thomas Pielhop

Dr. Thomas Pielhop

ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Fachstelle Biokatalyse und Prozesstechnologie
Einsiedlerstrasse 29
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 51 75
thomas.pielhop@zhaw.ch

Work at ZHAW

Position

Group Leader and Lecturer

Teaching

Education and Continuing education

Focus

  • Biomass
  • Lignocellulose
  • Fine chemicals
  • Process Development
  • Process Scale-Up

Experience

  • Process Development Chemist, Laboratory Head
    Givaudan SA, Geneva
    03 / 2017 - 12 / 2021
  • Postdoctoral Researcher and Assistant Lecturer
    ETH Zurich, Institute of Process Engineering
    12 / 2015 - 01 / 2017
  • Research Associate and Assistant Lecturer
    ETH Zurich, Institute of Process Engineering
    02 / 2010 - 11 / 2015
  • Master's thesis
    Süd-Chemie AG, Munich
    04 / 2009 - 09 / 2009

Education

  • PhD / "“Hydrothermal/Steam Explosion Pretreatment with Carbocation Scavengers for Biofuels- and Chemicals Production"
    ETH Zurich, Institute of Process Engineering
    05 / 2010 - 11 / 2015
  • Undergradutae and graduate studies in Chemical Engineering / Master's thesis: "Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources by Reactive Rectification" (Süd-Chemie AG)
    TU Munich
    10 / 2004 - 09 / 2009

Projects

Publications

Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

The influence of the explosive decompression in steam-explosion pretreatment on the enzymatic digestibility of different biomasses
C.-M. Seidel, T. Pielhop, M.H. Studer and Ph. Rudolf von Rohr
Faraday Discussions (2017)

Sustainability assessment of glucose production technologies from highly recalcitrant softwood
M. Morales, T. Pielhop, P. Saliba, K. Hungerbühler, Ph. Rudolf von Rohr and S. Papadokonstantakis
Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining (2017)

Application potential of a carbocation scavenger in autohydrolysis and dilute acid pretreatment to overcome high softwood recalcitrance
T. Pielhop, C. Reinhard, C. Hecht, L. Del Bene, M.H. Studer and Ph. Rudolf von Rohr
Biomass and Bioenergy (2017)

Pilot-scale steam explosion pretreatment with 2-naphthol to overcome high softwood recalcitrance
T. Pielhop, J. Amgarten, M.H. Studer and Ph. Rudolf von Rohr
Biotechnology for Biofuels (2017)

Autohydrolysis pretreatment of softwood - enhancement by phenolic additives and the effects of other compounds
T. Pielhop, G.O. Larrazábal and Ph. Rudolf von Rohr
Green Chemistry (2016)

Steam explosion pretreatment of softwood: the effect of the explosive decompression on enzymatic digestibility
T. Pielhop, J. Amgarten, M.H. Studer and Ph. Rudolf von Rohr
Biotechnology for Biofuels (2016)

Repolymerisation in spruce autohydrolysis pretreatment increases cellulase deactivation
T. Pielhop, G.O. Larrazábal, M.H. Studer, S. Brethauer, C.-M. Seidel and Ph. Rudolf von Rohr
Green Chemistry (2015)

Treatment of lignocellulosic biomass with aromatic chemicals as scavengers
T. Pielhop, G. O. Larrazábal and P. Rudolf von Rohr,
Patent US10370501B2 (2015)

Use of carbonium ion scavengers in the treatment of lignocellulosic biomass
T. Pielhop, M.H. Studer and P. Rudolf von Rohr
Patent US9611494B2 (2013)