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M.Sc. Alexander Behr

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Fakultät Bio- und Chemieingenieurwesen
Arbeitsgruppe ApparateDesign
Geschossbau 3

Room 4.32


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2012 Alexander Behr has studied chemical engineering at TU Dortmund University. He passed his bachelor thesis “Mesh Independency Study of Slug Flow in a Micro-Capillary Reactor using OpenFOAM” at the Laboratory of Fluid Mechanics.

Following this, he supported Dr.-Ing. Konrad Boettcher from 2018 to 2020 as a student assistant building a virtual reality based environment to improve the teaching of fluid mechanics.

He completed his master at the Laboratory of Equipment Design with the thesis “Simulation of a Heat Exchanger with Bionic Flow Distribution Designed by Evolutionary Algorithms“ in August 2020.

In October 2020 he started as a research associate in the NFDI4Cat project at the Laboratory of Equipment Design focusing on ontology design.


Catalysis is a complex field of science, so much data is produced during research handling different kinds of information on a process. To get a better understanding and develop new, better catalysts, a unified view on catalysis is needed.

The aim of NFDI4Cat is to provide this unified view. This is to be achieved by an ontology which interconnects different type of data similar to a mind-map in a machine and human comprehendible way.

With these ontologies, data can be searched more thoroughly and new insights in catalysis and respective fields of research can be deduced more easily.

The general complexity can be seen in the value chain of digital catalysis depicted below. Ontologies aim at closing the gaps between the different fields of research tackling diverse problems of (meta-)data standards and interfaces.


From his former activities the following publications were achieved:

  • K. Boettcher, A. S. Behr, 2020, Usage of a virtual environment to improve the teaching of fluid mechanics, International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE), Vol. 16, No. 14 (2020), https://doi.org/10.3991/ijoe.v16i14.16997
  • K. Boettcher, D. Boettcher, A. S. Behr, 2020, Virtuelle Realität des Unsichtbaren: Verständnisfördernde Visualisierung und Interaktivierung strömungsmechanischer Phänomene, Sammelband Labore in der Hochschullehre: Labordidaktik, Digitalisierung, Organisation, WBV Verlag, 2020, doi: 10.3278/6004804w
  • K. Boettcher, A. S. Behr, 2020, Teaching Fluid Mechanics in a Virtual-Reality Based Environment, 2020 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Porto, Portugal, 2020, pp. 1563-1567, doi: 10.1109/EDUCON45650.2020.9125348

Vacancies for Theses

If you are interested in my field of research please have a look at our moodle page for vacant theses.

Experience in ontology design and programming isn't necessary but a general interest in programming would be preferable.

Please contact me via email and we can discuss about a possible topic for a thesis.


Journal Articles

journalK. Boettcher, A. Behr, C. Terkowsky

Development Methodology for Immersive Home Laboratories in Virtual Reality – Visualizing Arbitrary Data in Virtual Reality

International Journal of Biomedical and Online Engineering – Special Issue: Online-Labs in Education, 2022, vol. 18 (14), p. 114-132, https://doi.org/10.3991/ijoe.v18i14.35099

journalA. S. Behr, H. Borgelt, N. Kockmann

Ontology-based structuring of arbitrary deeply nested dictionaries using EMMO

Applied Ontology, 2022, [submitted]

journalM. Menke, A. S. Behr, K. Rosenthal, D. Linke, N. Kockmann, U. Bornscheuer, M. Dörr

Development of an ontology for biocatalysis

Chemie Ingenieur Technik, 2022, 10.1002/cite.202200066, [In Production]

Conference Proceedings

proceedingA. S. Behr; L. Neuendorf; P. Sakthithasan; K. E.R. Boettcher; N. Kockmann

Process control using AI on a digital twin of an extraction column in VR

2022 IEEE German Education Conference (GeCon), 2022, 10.1109/GeCon55699.2022.9942788

proceedingM. Horsch, T. Petrenko, V. Kushnarenko, B. Schembera, B. Wentzel, A. Behr, N. Kockmann, S. Schimmler, T. Bönisch

Interoperability and Architecture Requirements Analysis and Metadata Standardization for a Research Data Infrastructure in Catalysis

Communications in Computer and Information Science, 2022, vol. 1620, p. 166–177, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-12285-9_10

proceedingK. Boettcher, A. Behr

Teaching fluid mechanics in a virtual-reality based environment

IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, 2020, p. 1563-1567, 10.1109/EDUCON45650.2020.9125348


talkA. Behr, L. Neuendorf, P. Sakthithasan, K. Boettcher, N. Kockmann

Process control using AI on a digital twin of an extraction column in VR

IEEE German Education Conference 2022, 11. - 12.082022, Berlin, Germany

talkA. S. Behr, D. Linke, M. Dörr, N. Kockmann

Ontology Development in Catalysis: Status of NFDI4Cat-TA1

55. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker, 27.-29.06.2022, Weimar, Germany

talkA. Behr, N. Kockmann

Ontology Development in Process Engineering and Catalysis - Current Status in NFDI4Cat

Ontology Commons addressing challenges of the Industry 5.0 transition, 02.-05.11.2021, Digital Event


posterK. Rosenthal, J. Grühn, A. Behr, T. Eroglu, V. Trögel, N. Kockmann

Biocatalytic Reaction and Process Development using a Coiled Flow Inverter – From Reactor Concept to Ontology Design

ECAB 6 - 6th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology, 20. - 23.09.2021, Digital Event

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Scientific Theses

BachelorMazen Ben Moussa (Supervisor: Alexander Behr)

KI-basierter Textmining-Workflow für die automatisierte Erstellung und Erweiterung von Ontologien

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 19.07.2022

MasterHendrik Borgelt (Supervisor: Alexander Behr)

Ontology-based structuring of CFD simulation data of flow with reaction in a microreactor

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 20.06.2022

MasterKunal Shingane (Supervisor: Alexander Behr)

Analysis and optimization of the information flow in plant engineering of Process Technologies

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 24.02.2022

BachelorM. Völkenrath (Supervisor: Alexander Behr)

Entwicklung eines Workflows für die Textmining basierte Generierung von Taxonomien und Ontologien

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 31.01.2022

BachelorV. Trögel (Supervisor: M.Sc. Alexander Behr)

Entwicklung einer Ontologie basierend auf Laborergebnissen und Analysedaten eines biokatalytischen Reaktors

TU Dortmund, Fakultät BCI, Arbeitsgruppe Apparatedesign, 23.08.2021

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