Dr Yan Ma receives Walter Benjamin Grant

The German Research Foundation awards Dr-Ing. Yan Ma, new head of the group “Sustainable Synthesis of Materials” at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung (MPIE) the Walter Benjamin Grant. This grant enables Ma to conduct his own research project on green steel production.

Steel production accounts for ca. 7% of the global total CO2 emissions. The reduction of iron ore in the usual blast furnaces makes up about 80-90% of these emissions. Ma’s project will tackle these challenges.

The microstructure characterization will take place in operando, that means during the reduction process, and consider both, the structure and chemistry of the iron ore. The results of this project will help to overcome the current kinetic limitations thus allowing the reduction near the thermodynamic and kinetic boundary conditions.