Mayor Marc Buchholz visits the MPI für Kohlenforschung

The meeting of Professor Ferdi Schüth and Ruhr Prize Winner Pep Cornellà stood on the agenda

July 02, 2021

The inaugural visit of Mayor Marc Buchholz to the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung now took place. Buchholz wanted to meet the Managing Director Professor Ferdi Schüth and visit the research institute in Mülheim. The more relaxed infection situation now made the personal visit possible. The afternoon started with an exchange about the institute's long history of research and its scientific highlights. Ferdi Schüth reported on current research projects and the Lord Mayor learned about the approaches the institute is pursuing in the field of producing CO2-neutral fuels using electrolytically produced hydrogen.

In the subsequent tour, the electron microscopy in the old building and the NMR department were on the agenda. Marc Buchholz also visited the pilot plant where the MPI had produced thousands of liters of hand disinfectant for the Mülheim fire department at the beginning of the corona pandemic to help with initial shortages.

A look into the laboratory of Ruhr Prize winner Josep Cornellà

Finally, it was off to the high-rise laboratory building, where Marc Buchholz met the head of the research group and current Ruhr Prize winner for science from the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Dr. Josep Cornellà. Cornellà showed the city leader the workspace of his group, which is conducting research on sustainable materials for catalysis. Buchholz congratulated the junior group leader on his innovative research and wished him continued success in his research career.

The visit was rounded off with a joint photo on the 7th laboratory floor. The head of the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr is a permanent member of the institute's most important supervisory body, the Administrative Board of the Foundation Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. After the meeting on June 29 could only take place virtually, the personal visit was intended to consolidate the good cooperation between the city and science.


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