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.
White Paper "The Digitalization of Catalysis-Related Sciences" published
The white paper "The Digitalization of Catalysis-Related Sciences" was developed by a temporary working group ("GECaTS Task Force Digitalization") in close cooperation between industry and academia. The information day "Digitalization in catalysis: taking the next step", carried out in November 2018, has a major influence on the content, design and purpose of the paper. The white paper analyzes the status quo of the research approach of the field of catalysis and analyzes how the establishment and transformation of the field of "digital catalysis" can lead to a better understanding of the phenomenon catalysis as well as an improvement of development workflows. Key elements that have been identified as fundamental in the transformation of the field of catalysis are common data formats accepted by the community of scientists and a common information architecture that allows storage, exchange, and data analysis according to FAIR principles. The paper analyzes not only development needs and development paths but also possible obstacles. Necessary research funding measures are derived and a proposal for a transformative implementation is made.
Download the White Paper here.
Alwin Mittasch Prize for Catalysis Research - Call for nominations
We request nominations for the Alwin Mittasch Prize 2019 which is awarded to international scientists who have made outstanding contributions towards extending the fundamentals of catalysis and its exemplary industrial application. The Prize is endowed with 10,000 Euro and sponsored by BASF SE. The nominations are evaluated by an experts committee comprised of members from academia and industry. The prize will be awarded in a public ceremony at the EuropaCat in August 2019 in Aachen/Germany. Proposals for nominations should be submitted before 18th February 2019 via: http://dechema.de/en/AMP2019
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.
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.
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.
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.