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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.


NFDI4Cat: Webinar on "Digitalisation in Catalysis

Numerous folders with research data are sleeping on internal servers of universities, research institutes and companies. The data could serve researchers from other institutions as a valuable basis and create synergies. The NFDI4Cat consortium will show in a webinar how an open research data infrastructure can be developed from molecule to process in the future. The workshop is aimed at users and offers space for questions and ideas from the participants. Webinar: 16.06.2020 from 13:15 - 14:45, registration free of charge: More information about NFDI4Cat here.

GeCatS under new leadership

Prof. Dr. Udo Kragl, University of Rostock is the new Chairman of GeCatS. Together with Prof. Reinhard Schomäcker, TU Berlin, Dr. Andreas Meiswinkel, Linde AG, Pullach takes over the deputy. We would like to thank PD Dr. Dorit Wolf for her high commitment and excellent cooperation.

Katalytikertagung – Virtual Poster Show

Meet catalysis researchers from all over the world and learn about their current work! We bring the poster sessions of the 53. Katalytikertreffen into cyberspace. Learn more about cutting-edge research and discuss your results with experts from industry and academia. The Virtual Poster Show will cover all aspects of catalysis, from catalyst development and optimisation to applications such conversion of exhaust gases. Participation is free of charge, registration is required. More information here.

Otto Roelen Medal 2020: Call for nominations

In 2020, the 13th Otto Roelen Medal will be awarded for an outstanding achievement in catalysis research. DECHEMA and the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS) invite researchers and scientists to propose international candidates who have made significant contributions in this field, especially with regard to application-oriented research. The Otto Roelen Medal is endowed with 5,000 Euro and sponsored by the Oxea Group. Nominations will be evaluated by the Expert Committee of the Otto Roelen Medal. The prize will be awarded in a public ceremony at the Annual Meeting of German Catalysis Researchers in March 2020 in Weimar/Germany.
Proposals for nominations should be submitted before 23th September 2019. More information here.

Jochen Block Prize 2019 for Sandra Luber

Prof. Sandra Luber of the University of Zurich received the Jochen Block Prize 2019 on March 14, 2019 for her outstanding contributions to the theoretical treatment of catalysts, in particular with regard to structure, dynamics and spectroscopy. 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.

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:

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.