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The German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) is the platform for the entire German catalysis community in the area of research and application. Currently it has about 1100 members from industry and academia.GeCatS promotes the scientific and technical dialogue between industry, universities, non-university research institutes and research policy institutions and represents the interests of the catalysis community on a national and international level. The German Catalysis Society is supported by DECHEMA, VDI-GVC, GDCh, DGMK und DBG.


Digitalization and catalysis: Where to go?

The next GeCatS Infoday will be dedicated to the topic of digitalization in catalysis. The all-day information day "Digitalization in catalysis: taking the next step" will take place on 5th November 2018 at the DECHEMA house in Frankfurt. The programme with registration can be found at

GeCatS under new leadership

PD Dr. Dorit Wolf, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH, Hanau is the new Chairwoman of GeCatS and Prof. Reinhard Schomäcker, TU Berlin takes over the deputy. We would like to thank Prof. Martin Muhler for his high commitment and excellent cooperation.

Otto Roelen Medal 2018 goes to Charlotte Williams

Professor Dr. Charlotte K. Williams of Oxford University / UK was awarded the Otto Roelen Medal 2018 on 15 March 2018. This award recognizes their development of highly active catalysts for carbon dioxide copolymerization. The prize, donated by the OXEA Group, is awarded by DECHEMA and GeCatS. Read the following press release.

Verleihung Williams


Jochen Block Prize 2018 for Andreas J. Vorholt

Dr. Andreas Johannes Vorholt of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim received the Jochen Block Prize 2018 on March 15, 2018 for his work on the homogeneously catalyzed conversion of renewable materials with innovative reactor concepts. The Jochen Block Prize is awarded by GeCatS to young scientists who have carried out fundamental and original research in the field of catalysis. Read the following press release.

Verleihung Vorholt


Key Topic Collection for Catalysis Teaching published 

The GeCatS teaching profile on catalysis has been published. The 34-page brochure is a recommendation for teachers and learners in the entire field of catalysis research and is aimed at students in the Master's and PhD programmes. The document will be presented for the first time during the Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker 2018 and is available in print and online. 

Roadmap Catalysis for the Netherlands published

"Catalysis - Key to a Sustainable Future" is the title of the new science and technology roadmap for catalysis in the Netherlands, which was published at the beginning of 2015.
Please see also the press release and download the roadmap.

New Journal: Catalysis, Structure & Reactivity

Catalysis, Structure & Reactivity is a new journal launched by Maney Publishing and Professor Mike Bowker of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, UK. The journal will report the latest advances in structure-function relationships in catalytic science, and particularly welcomes research articles at the interfaces between chemistry, materials science and chemical engineering, and those which describe the development of new and improved catalysts, including the translation of catalysis research from the atomic to the industrial scale.

With Volume 1 publishing in 2015, and articles appearing online in late 2014, we invite and encourage your submissions to the journal.

 Catalysis beyond the roadmap

In June 2012 GeCatS published a supplement to the Roadmap for Catalysis Research in Germany named "Catalysis beyond the roadmap" with visionary catalytic questions.