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07/26/16

Dr. Harun Tüysüz from Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung receives funding from Federal Ministry for Education and Research for his participation in „Carbon2Chem“

Dr. Harun Tüysüz from Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung receives funding from Federal Ministry for Education and Research for his participation in „Carbon2Chem“

The research shall help to turn industrial gases into useful chemicals.

To convert industrial gases like the ones from steel mills into chemicals that can be used for the production of new materials – this is the aim of a new joint project between industry and science called „Carbon2Chem“. The climate protection initiative focuses on the recycling of gases like CO2 that can be turned into fuels, plastics or fertilizers. 17 industrial and scientific partners are engaged in “Carbon2Chem” and will work with a long perspective to develop industry-scaled-methods for this use. The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is promoting the project with an amount of 60 million euro. The participating industrial partners are investing another some millions. Besides the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion,  the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung also takes part in the project.

Dr. Harun Tüysüz, group leader of the Department of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Renewable Energy is member of the group “Carbon2Polymers”. He is working on the development and optimization of catalysts needed for the conversion of industrial gases into polymer. To do this effectively in the next four years, Tüysüz received a grant of around 550.000 Euro from the BMBF. As renewable energies play a big role within the project “Carbon2Chem”, “green energy expert” Tüysüz is very happy that the partners agreed on producing the hydrogen needed for all conversion processes only with the help of renewable energy.  “I am very proud to participate in a project with such a long-term orientation as it is an opportunity for me and my team to provide fundamental research work for a practical and sustainable use”, Tüysüz stated. “Within 10 years, we will not be able to build up a “green” steel mill and to reduce pollution to zero but we will have made a mentionable contribution to the reduction of CO2 in industry and hopefully found feasible ways to convert industrial gases  to useful fine chemicals and products.

About “Carbon2Chem”

„Carbon2Chem“ started in June with an official press conference in Duisburg where the Minister of BMBF  Johanna Wanka emphasized that the project is to „Convert exhaust fumes to save the climate“. Professor Robert Schlögl, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion is initiator and scientific coordinator of the project. It is the aim of „Carbon2Chem“ to find methods to convert industrial gases into useful chemicals. Industrial partners are amongst others ThyssenKrupp, Evonik, BASF, Covestro and Siemens. The Max Planck Society with the two institutes in Mulheim and the Fritz-Haber-Institut belongs to the scientific partners as well as the Fraunhofer Institute and Universities like the RWTH Aachen.


More information:

Information of the BMBF 
Information of ThyssenKrupp
https://www.mpg.de/carbon2chem
Information of the MPI CEC

About Dr. Harun Tüysüz:

Dr. Harun Tüysüz is working since 2012 as a group leader in the Department of Heterogeneous Catalysis at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The research interests of Dr. Tüysüz include the development of synthetic methodologies and the design of well-defined nanostructured materials mainly through templating approaches for heterogeneous catalysis and sustainable energy applications. In particularly, he focuses on photo- and electro-chemical water splitting, perovskite perowskite solar cells, biomass conversion, and plasmonic catalysis.