Head of Department Biochemical Conversion
Field of work
Dr. agr. Peter Kornatz studied geography with a focus on natural sciences at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen.
He then worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Agricultural Management at the Justus Liebig University Giessen and received his doctorate under Prof. Dr. Friedrich Kuhlmann on the topic of "Land use change through biogas production in Germany".
Since 2009, the use of biomass, especially the technical-economic aspects of biogas production, has been the focus of his scientific activities.
Since 2019, he has been head of the "Biochemical Conversion" department at the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH (DBFZ) in Leipzig.
He contributes his expertise to numerous committees (e.g. IEA Bioenergy Task 37, KTBL and others) and is a member of the jury for the award of the Biogas Innovation Prize of German Agriculture. Peter Kornatz leads research projects with a technical-economic focus on anaerobic processes and is also involved in university courses on the topic of biomass and bioenergy.
Biomass, bioenergy, biogas, Method development Biogas, characterization and development of anaerobic processes, biogas technology, process monitoring, anaerobic processes, emissions, emission measurement
|since 2019||Head of the Department "Biochemical Conversion", DBFZ (former Institute of Energy and Environment)|
|2017-2019||Research assistant at the DBFZ, working group „System Optimization” in the "Biochemical Conversion" department, focus: technical-economic evaluation of bioenergy systems|
|2016||Ph. D. agricultare, Chair of Agricultural Management (Prof. Dr. Friedrich Kuhlmann) at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Title of the thesis: "Arable land use changes due to biogas production in Germany"|
|2012-2017||Research Assistant, Chair of Agricultural Production Economics, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Head of the FNR project "Development and comparison of optimized cultivation systems for the agricultural production of energy crops under the different site conditions in Germany - Phase II and III (EVA II and III); Subproject 3: Accompanying Economic Research"|
|2009-2012||Research Assistant, Chair of Agricultural Business Studies at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, working on the FNR project "Development and comparison of optimized cultivation systems for the agricultural production of energy crops under the different site conditions in Germany-Phase II (EVA II); Subproject 3: Accompanying Economic Research"|
|2005-2008||Research assistant, Institute of Soil Science at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, integration into the project "Quaternary landscape development and current morphodynamics in the Central Sahara (NE-Niger)" with a two-month stay abroad. Conducting soil laboratory analysis.|
|2002-2008||Studies in Physical Geography at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, specialising in soil science and regional crop, degree: Diploma Geographer|
|since 2019||BMWi-Forschungsnetzwerk Bioenergie, Methodenharmonisierung BMWi-Forschungsnetzwerk Bioenergie|
|KTBL Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e. V., Arbeitsgemeinschaft „Energie“|
|International Energy Agency (IEA), IEA Bioenergy Task 37 "Energy from Biogas"|
|Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU-Innovationskongress|
|Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e. V. (DECHEMA), Fachgruppe industrielle Nutzung nachwachsende Rohstoffe|
|European Biogas Association (EBA), Scientific Advisory Council|