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14.11.2012

Karl-Ziegler-Vorlesung: „Catalysis: Opportunities and Challenges for more Sustainable Energy Technologies"

 

Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller (Leibniz Institut für Katalyse, Rostock)
Großer Hörsaal, 17:00 Uhr

 Abstract: 
"The sufficient and sustainable supply of energy remains one if not the most important challenge for our future. An abundant source of energy is sunlight. In the coming years it will be vital to develop efficient artificial processes to interconvert the energy of light with chemical energy. In the talk possibilities to achieve this goal will with the help of molecular-defined catalysts will be discussed. Special emphasis will be placed on hydrogen as chemical energy vector. Among the different chemical energy carriers hydrogen has received significant attention. However, the cheap and sustainable generation and storage of hydrogen remains challenging. In this respect our concept to use of carbon dioxide as storage material for hydrogen and the controlled decomposition of formic acid to hydrogen will be discussed in detail."