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CaRLa Catalysis Research Laboratory
Universität Heidelberg und BASF SE
Im Neuenheimer Feld 584
69120 Heidelberg

Dr. Thomas Schaub

/ homogeneous catalysis / catalyst development

In 2006 the University of Heidelberg and BASF set up a new joint laboratory devoted to basic homogeneous catalysis research, CaRLa, the Catalysis Research Lab. The concept relies on bringing academic and industrial researchers close together in one laboratory, fostering technology transfer. The laboratory is funded by both partners and by the Government of Baden-Württemberg. 8 postdocs work together in CaRLa, tackling mainly transition metal catalysis.

CAT Catalytic Center
Worringerweg 2
52074 Aachen

PD Dr. Thomas E. Müller

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / polymerization catalysis / reation engineering / CO2 chemistry

Katalysatorentwicklung, Synthese und Charakterisierung von Oligomeren und Polymeren, Struktur-Eigenschafts-Korrelationen

Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt am Main

Dr. Dana Demtröder

Coordination Office of the German Catalysis Society

Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institut für Biotechnologie 2
Leo-Brandt Str. 1
52026 Jülich

Apl. Prof. Dr. Martina Pohl

/ biocatalysis

biocatalysis with isolated enzymes and whole cell biocatalysis, reaction engineering of biocatalytic processes, enzyme optimization by mutagenesis

Forschungzentrum Jülich
Institut für Energie- und Klimaforschung (IEK-9: Grundlagen der Elektrochemie)
Ostring 10
52425 Jülich

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger-A. Eichel

/ heterogeneous catalysis / electrocatalysis / fuel cells / batteries / perovskites / nanostructured catalysts / oxidations / synthesis gas / hydrogen / CO2 chemistry / analytic / in situ spectroscopy / operando spectroscopy / surface spectroscopy / NMR / PES/XPS / XRD / UV/VIS / modeling / kinetics / reaction mechanisms / catalyst degradation / mass spectrometry

in-operando characterization (NMR, EPR, Raman)
in-situ characterization (SEM, TEM, AFM)

Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie (ICT)
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 7
76327 Pfinztal - Berghausen

Rainer Schweppe

/ high-pressure technology / renewable ressources / process development

Development and testing of heterogeneous catalysts, especially for the transformation of renewable raw materials. Process development and construction of pilot plants. Investigation of reaction behaviour from lab scale up to pilot plant scale using different reactor types (batch and continuously operating reactors). High-pressure technology (up to 1000 bar at temperatures up to 500°C).

Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie (ICT)
Angewandte Elektrochemie
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 7
76327 Pfinztal

Dr. Karsten Pinkwart

/ electrocatalysis / fuel cells / batteries / catalyst degradation

Test and development of electrocatalysts and catalysed electrodes. Focus on electrocatalyst for fuel cells and redox-flow batteries. Tests of activity and selectivity of the catalysts using coupled electrochemical and analytical methods (DEMS, ATR-IR, Laser-Raman cell, EC-STM). Investigation of catalysts and electrode degradation. Development of coating procedures for electrodes.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie (ICT)
Energetische Materialien
Jospeh-von-Fraunhofer-Str. 7
76327 Pfinztal

Dr. Stefan Löbbecke

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / micro reaction engineering

Design and development of homogeneously and heterogeneously catalysed reactions (liquid, liquid/liquid and gas/liquid) for the synthesis of fine and specialty chemicals (incl. polymers).
Process design on basis of tailor-made microreaction processes ranging from laboratory to technical scale.
Development of continuously operated monolithic reactors and packed-bed reactors.
Immobilisation of homogeneous catalysts for continuous processing.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Chemische Technologie (ICT) - Institutsteil IMM
Dezentrale und mobile Energietechnik
Carl-Zeiss-Str. 18-20
55129 Mainz

Prof. Dr. Gunther Kolb

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / multiphase catalysis / micro reaction engineering / photocatalysis / nanostructured catalysts

Applied Catalyst development in the fields of heterogeneously catalysed gas phase reactions and heterogeneously/homogeneously catalysed organic reactions; Emphasis fuel processing and energy technology related processes; Core competence are catalyst coatings on microstructured plate heat exchangers. Catalyst development, optimisation of catalyst coatings, long term stability tests, development of reactors and complete plants.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik (IGB)
Bio-, Elektro- und Chemokatalyse BioCat, Institutsteil Straubing
Schulgasse 11a
94315 Straubing

Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / biocatalysis / high-pressure technology / electrocatalysis / oxidations / hydrogenations / isomerizations / synthesis gas / hydrogen / renewable ressources / CO2 chemistry / analytic / NMR / catalyst synthesis / catalyst immobilisation / catalyst recycling / aminations / catalyst development / process development

The focus area is on the development of new chemical catalysts and biocatalysts as well as on their application in technical and electrochemical processes. Starting from substrates like biomass, CO2 as well as waste streams, the entire spectrum of chemical, biochemical and (bio-)electrochemical catalysis are used for (i) resource saving production of new chemical products and (ii) to convert excess electrical energy into chemical energy carrier through the capture and conversion of CO2.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik (IGB)
Nobelstrasse 12
70569 Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / biocatalysis / multiphase catalysis / reation engineering / micro reaction engineering / high-pressure technology / electrocatalysis / photocatalysis / fuel cells / perovskites / nanostructured catalysts / metal organic frameworks (MOFs) / oxidations / hydrogenations / hydroformylations / metathesis / reforming / wastewater treatment / synthesis gas / hydrogen / renewable ressources / supercritical fluids / ionic liquids / CO2 chemistry / analytic / surface spectroscopy / PES/XPS / UV/VIS / kinetics / catalyst coatings / catalyst immobilisation / reaction mechanisms / C-C coupling reactions / C-X coupling reactions / membran engineering / process development / mass spectrometry / reactor design / particles

The Fraunhofer IGB develops and optimizes processes and products in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, the environment and energy. Main focus area are chemo- and biocatalytical processes for ressource and energetic use up to industrial scale as well as the electrocatalytical conversion of CO2 to fine chemicals. This includes optimization of electrodes, enzym-engineering and development of membranes and processes.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme (IKTS)
Winterbergstr. 28
01277 Dresden

Dr.-Ing. Matthias Jahn

/ heterogeneous catalysis / reation engineering / fuel cells / reforming / synthesis gas / renewable ressources / process development / reactor design

Topics: Gas to Liquids (particularly Fischer-Tropsch synthesis), generation and utilization of synthesis gas, reforming of methan, biogas, LPG and ethanol, catalytic combustion, fuel cells, Competency: development of catalyst and ceramic support materials, Screening of catalysts, simulation of reactive flows, process and reactor development  

Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme (IKTS)
Institutsteil Hermsdorf, Umwelttechnik und Bioenergie
Michael-Faraday-Str. 1
07629 Hermsdorf

Dr. Ralf Kriegel

/ heterogeneous catalysis / perovskites / oxidations

heterogeneous catalysis by using ceramic catalysts (e.g. perovskites),
powders, granulated material, pellets, honeycombs,
direct catalytic decomposition,
selective catalytic reduction (SCR),
catalytic total oxidation,
catalytic partial oxidation,

Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme (IKTS), Institutsteil Hermsdorf
Umwelttechnik und Bioenergie, Gemischtleiter und Katalyse
Michael-Faraday-Straße 1
07629 Hermsdorf

Dr. Jörg Richter

/ heterogeneous catalysis / perovskites / oxidations / reforming / catalytic combustion / synthesis gas / catalyst coatings / catalyst synthesis / catalyst development / exhaust gas catalysis

- heterogeneous catalysis on ceramic catalysts for the treatment of product and intermediate gases (synthesis gas, biogas, hydrocarbons, ...) and flue gases (VOC)
- systematic choice of geometry (powders, granulates, pellets, miniliths, honeycombs)
- realistic transformation of processes to laboratory scale
- variation of space velocity, pressure, temperature
- direct catalytic decomposition, partial oxidation, complete oxidation, selective catalytic reduction (SCR)

Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme ISE
Heidenhofstraße 2
79110 Freiburg

Dr.-Ing. Achim Schaadt

/ heterogeneous catalysis / high-pressure technology / fuel cells / reforming / catalytic combustion / synthesis gas / hydrogen / renewable ressources / catalyst coatings / catalyst development / process development / reactor design

Fraunhofer ISE develops and tests catalysts for heterogeneous catalysis to perform reactions such as reforming, pyrolysis, catalytic combustion, water-gas shift reaction and selective methanation. As educts renewable raw materials and fossil resources are used. We develop reactors that can also be operated at elevated pressure. In addition, we also offer fully automated systems for our customers.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT
Osterfelder Str. 3
46047 Oberhausen

Dr. Stefan Kaluza

/ heterogeneous catalysis / reation engineering / synthesis gas / catalyst synthesis / catalyst development

UMSICHT covers technical innovations in the fields of environmental, material, process and energy technology. With its application-oriented research UMSICHT is working in the field of heterogeneous catalysis ranging from catalyst synthesis on the laboratory-scale up to large-scale process engineering. In cooperation with universities and industry new basic concepts on the academic level are developed and transferred to industrial-relevant processes.

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Abteilung Chemische Physik
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin

Prof. Hans-Joachim Freund

/ heterogeneous catalysis / photocatalysis / nanostructured catalysts / natural gas / in situ spectroscopy / EXAFS / PES/XPS / XAS / UV/VIS / modeling / kinetics / reaction mechanisms / mass spectrometry / exhaust gas catalysis

1. Physics and Chemistry of Solid Surfaces
2. Structure and Dynamics of Oxide Surfaces
3. Model Systems for Heterogeneous Catalysis
4. Nanostructures and Clusters

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Anorganische Chemie
Faradayweg 4-6
14195 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl

/ heterogeneous catalysis / electrocatalysis / fuel cells / nanostructured catalysts / zeolites / oxidations / surface spectroscopy / EXAFS / XRD / UV/VIS / modeling / kinetics / catalyst coatings / catalyst synthesis / reaction mechanisms / catalyst development / mass spectrometry / reactor design

Reactivity: Nanostructured MoV catalysts in activation of light alkanes
Electronic Structures and Adsorption: Metals in selective oxidation reactions
Electrochemistry: Li-ion batteries, water splitting and charge transport at interfaces
Electron Microscopy: Microstructural characterization, geometric and electronic structure, in-situ electron microscopy

Gesellschaft für Werkstoffprüfung
Georg-Wimmer-Ring 25
85604 Zorneding

Dr. Julius Nickl

/ photocatalysis / batteries / analytic / surface spectroscopy / XRD / process development / mass spectrometry / particles

physikalische und chemische Untersuchungen/ Analysen

Institut für Nichtklassische Chemie e.V.
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Dr. J. Hofmann

/ photocatalysis / wastewater treatment / exhaust gas catalysis

Application of catalysis:
- waste water treatment (advanced oxidation processes)
- waste air treatment
- desulfurization of biogas
- photo catalysis (gas and water phase)
- production of biodiesel
Characterization of catalytic effects:
- combustion
- coking
- cracking of hydrocarbons
Investigation on regeneration, long term stability, and ageing of catalysts

Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut (vTI)
Institut für Agrartechnologie und Biosystemtechnik
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Vorlop

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / biocatalysis / renewable ressources

vTI's work on catalysis is focussed on the conversion of renewables, especially carbohydrates and fats and oils, for the production of various chemicals. Depending on the reaction to be carried out either homogeneous or heterogeneous chemical catalysts as well as biocatalysts, i.e., enzymes or whole cells, are used. Besides the screening for and optimisation of catalysts also the catalytic conversion process itself is optimised.

KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Institut für Katalyseforschung und -technologie
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Sauer

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / reation engineering / micro reaction engineering / miniplants / nanostructured catalysts / zeolites / metal organic frameworks (MOFs) / oxidations / hydrogenations / hydroformylations / reforming / synthesis gas / hydrogen / renewable ressources / supercritical fluids / CO2 chemistry / in situ spectroscopy / operando spectroscopy / modeling / kinetics / catalyst synthesis / ligand design / catalyst development / process development / exhaust gas catalysis

The IKFT acts as bridge from fundamental and applied catalysis to implementation in new technologies and products. The focus is on sustainable use of alternative raw materials and their transformation to energy supplying or valuable resources by catalytic processes. The IKFT operates catalyst development and characterization (in-operando and in-situ) and experimental facilities in laboratory, miniplant and pilot scale.

KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Institut für Mikroverfahrenstechnik (IMVT)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Dittmeyer, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pfeifer

/ heterogeneous catalysis / reation engineering / micro reaction engineering / nanostructured catalysts / reforming / synthesis gas / hydrogen

At the IMVT about 65 people work on the development of efficient microstructured devices for diverse applications in many fields of process engineering. The devices in general exhibit excellent heat and mass transport properties from which catalytic processes do profit as well. In addition to the design, manufacturing, and testing of compact devices for a multitude of applications, fundamental research on flow phenomena and reactions in micro structured devices is in the focus of the research.

KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Engler-Bunte-Institut, Bereich Chemie und Technik von Gas, Erdöl und Kohle
Engler-Bunte-Ring 1
76131 Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Reimert

/ fuel cells / renewable ressources

The section of fuel chemistry and technology focusses in teaching and research on the conversion and the use of fuels. Subjects are fossil fuels (natural gas, oil, coal), renewable fuels (biomass, biogas) and synthetic fuels (H2, SNG, methanol, DME, Fischer-Tropsch products).
Current focal points are: Fuel conditoning for fuel cells, synthetic fuels, issues of cataylsis coupled with impurities like sulfur, application of ionic liquids in catalysis.

Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. (LIKAT)
Albert-Einstein-Straße 29 a
18059 Rostock

Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / asymmetric catalysis / reation engineering / micro reaction engineering / analytic / operando spectroscopy / high throughput methods / process development

The major goals of the scientific work at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) are the elaboration of new
knowledge in basic research in all areas of catalysis as well as their transfer into technical applications.
Here LIKAT is acting in between the universities and institutes of the Max Planck Societies on
one side and industry on the other side. Its field of activity is defined in the area of application oriented
basic research and applied research.

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
Physical and Chemical Foundations of Process Engineering
Sandtorstrasse 1
39106 Magdeburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern

/ reation engineering

New Reactor Concepts,
Chromatographic Reactor,
Membrane reactor,
Heterogeneous Catalysis,
Adsorption Science,
Enantiomere Separation

Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion
Stiftsstr. 34-36
45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl

/ heterogeneous catalysis / reation engineering / electrocatalysis / photocatalysis / nanostructured catalysts / hydrogen / CO2 chemistry / in situ spectroscopy / operando spectroscopy / surface spectroscopy / NMR / EXAFS / PES/XPS / XAS / XRD / UV/VIS / catalyst synthesis / reaction mechanisms / mass spectrometry

Schwerpunkt der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit liegt auf der Grundlagenforschung im Bereich der chemischen Energiekonversion und -speicherung. Die Gebiete der heterogenen Katalyse, der homogenen Katalyse und der Biophysikalischen Chemie im Zusammenspiel mit modernsten experimentellen und theoretischen Analysemethoden miteinander kombiniert.

Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme
Sandtorstraße 1
39106 Magdeburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / multiphase catalysis / reation engineering / miniplants / electrocatalysis / fuel cells / hydroformylations / reforming / hydrogen / renewable ressources / modeling / kinetics / process development / reactor design

1) Computer-aided design, analysis and optimization of reactors and processes based on homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts
2) Experimental determination of catalytic reaction kinetics, using methods of optimal experimental design (OED)
3) Applications: Chemicals production, energy conversion systems, biochemicals production

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung
Interface Chemistry and Surface Engineering
Max-Planck-Strasse 1
40237 Düsseldorf

Dr. Karl Mayrhofer

/ electrocatalysis / fuel cells

fuel cells

Oel-Waerme-Institut GmbH
Reformierung flüssiger Kohlenwasserstoffe
Kaiserstraße 100
52134 Herzogenrath

Daniel Wichmann

/ fuel cells / reforming / catalytic combustion

The Oel-Waerme-Institut (OWI) is a non profit company with the main focus on performing and promoting applied research and development in the field of energy and combustion technology with an emphasis on liquid fuels. As a research service provider OWI offers solutions in the field of combustion, mixture preparation, emissions, acoustics, cool flames, scaling-procedures, process technology, industrial furnaces, systems engineering, system balances, fuel cells, reformer technology and simulation.

Allgemeine Energieforschung
5232 Villigen PSI Switzerland

Prof. Dr. A. Wokaun

/ micro reaction engineering / fuel cells / reforming / in situ spectroscopy / EXAFS / exhaust gas catalysis

PSI focuses on applying catalysis for energy conversion (combustion, microreactors, fuel cells, (biomass-) gasification, gas cleaning, desulphurisation, reforming, methanation, fuel synthesis and exhaust gas treatment). Research ranges from fundamental studies on model systems and DFT calculations over bench-scale experiments to long term tests in pilot scale.
The use of synchrotron radiation for in-situ studies enables the recording of EXAFS spectra in a few ms.

Strem Chemicals GmbH
Research & Development
Berliner Strasse 56
77694 Kehl am Rhein

Prof. Dr. Helmut Bönnemann

/ nanostructured catalysts

Nanocatalysts, Functional Nanomaterials, Ferrofluide

Wissenschaftszentrum Straubing
Lehrstuhl für Chemie Biogener Rohstoffe der TU München
Schulgass 16
94315 Straubing

Prof. Volker Sieber

/ homogeneous catalysis / biocatalysis / renewable ressources

Our goal is to develop processes for the efficient production of platform and fine chemicals from biomass. The research focuses on industrial biotechnology and the development of new biocatalysts for higher yielding and less energy consuming chemical processes. Further projects concentrate on homogeneous catalysis and the microbial production of polysaccharides.

Carl-Benz-Str. 201
47048 Duisburg

Prof. Angelika Heinzel

/ heterogeneous catalysis / electrocatalysis / fuel cells / batteries / reforming / catalytic combustion / synthesis gas / natural gas / hydrogen / reactor design

The Center for Fuel Cell Technology ZBT is performing allied R&D in fuel cell technology, batteries, electrolysis, and hydrogen technology.Electrochemistry and heterogeneous gas catalysis belog to the core competences of the scientists. Projects with respevt to applications like staionary CHP units, residential energy supply systems, electromobility, remote an portable energy supply systems are carried out.

Zentralinstitut für Katalyseforschung
Ernst-Otto-Fischer Straße 1
85748 Garching

Dr. Florian Schweinberger

/ homogeneous catalysis / heterogeneous catalysis / biocatalysis / asymmetric catalysis / polymerization catalysis / organocatalysis / reation engineering / micro reaction engineering / electrocatalysis / photocatalysis / fuel cells / batteries / nanostructured catalysts / zeolites / metal organic frameworks (MOFs) / oxidations / hydrogenations / hydrogen / renewable ressources / CO2 chemistry / analytic / in situ spectroscopy / surface spectroscopy / PES/XPS / modeling / kinetics / catalyst synthesis / ligand design / catalyst immobilisation / C-C coupling reactions / C-X coupling reactions / catalyst development / process development / mass spectrometry / reactor design / particles / exhaust gas catalysis

Catalysis research is one of the interdisciplinary key issues of Technische Universität München. Since the groundbreaking work of Professor Ernst Otto Fischer, catalysis research has been intensified particularly in chemistry and physics, simultaneously including engineering and process technology. Therefore 2008 the catalysis research center (CRC) was founded and TUM assigned it the status of a Cooperate Research Center.

ZetA Partikelanalytik
Bischeimer Weg 1
55129 Mainz

Dr. Andreas Hahn

/ zeolites / metal organic frameworks (MOFs)

Independent service lab for the characterization of porous sorbents or heterogeneous catalysts and for project-related R&D. Our services is based upon long-term experiences in industry-related academic research. We possess a special expertise in the synthesis, modification (in-situ or postsynthetic) and characterization of silica, zeolites and MOFs with a special focus upon the optimization of application-related surface interactions.