Johannes Franz studied mechanical engineering at the Ruhr-University Bochum. His Ph.D. thesis was focused on carbon capture and storage for coal gasification plants.
He is working for thyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) since 2013 in the research and development department. He was a member of the engineering and commissioning teams for a hydrogen plant in Qatar and a nitric acid plant in Hungary and Turkey.
Since 2017 his work focuses on the digitization efforts of tkIS. His focus is on implementing the opportunities of digitization for the fertilizer industry in general and particularly nitric acid and ammonium nitrate plants.