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"Syngas Economy with Green Hydrogen for Rapid Decarbonization of Fuels and Chemicals” [more]
The Summer School is intended for graduate students, PhD students, and young scientists in geosciences, crystallography, solid-state research (chemistry, physics), and materials science. [more]

Girls' Day at the Institute

The students of the International Max Planck Research School on Reactive Structure Analysis for Chemical Reactions organize a symposium that covers the use of various catalytic techniques which aim to overcome the energy-related problems from both an academic and an industrial point of view - ACAMEC "Advanced Catalysis and Materials for Energy Conversion" Using a combination of experimental, spectroscopic and theoretical approaches, experienced academic speakers will present their ideas, current breakthroughs and main challenges to address in future studies. Bridging academic research and industrial application by inviting select speakers from companies will shine light on economic and ecological aspects of current catalytic approaches on a larger scale. Ph.D. students will have the opportunity to present their own studies in poster or talk format, and to discuss the different facets of catalysis and material science with experts in these fields. There will be Keynote Lectures by Prof. Walter Leitner (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion), Prof. Karsten Reuter (Technical University / Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society), Prof. Marcella Bonchio (University of Padova) and Prof. Xile Hu (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) More information on the program and registration process can be found on the website of the ACAMEC - Symposium [more]
This course will enable participants to gain basic training in carrying out and to scale up (to kg-amounts) solid state reactions in general using different types of ball mills. The main aims are:1. To transfer mechanochemical experiments with ball mills from g– to kg-scale.2. Learn on how to follow the reaction progress with sampling and different analyticalmethods3. To get familiar with big ball mills for industrial applications [more]
How Rate-Driving Force Relationships and Intrinsic Reaction Barriers Drive Chemical Reactivity and Selectivity [more]
After the lecture, we want to celebrate together with you around the small lecture hall at Kofo. We will provide food (Winter BBQ, also with many vegetarian/vegan options) and drinks (e.g. mulled wine or our traditional Feuerzangenbowle). There will also be a raffle with the chance to win some small prices.The participation to the lecture is open to everyone, to join the party afterwards, you will need to buy a ticket for 10€ beforehand, so we can better calculate the needed amount of food and drinks.You can get the tickets until December 2nd from:Kofo: Sebastian Brunen (Office 801, Tel.: 2440) [more]

8th ORCA USER Meeting

ORCA - Environmental effects, from solids to biology
The meeting will take place as a ZOOM webinar and you don't need to apply or register for participation. We will post the link for the webinar the day before the meeting in the ORCA forum. Note that we have two poster sessions in which you have the chance to present and discuss your projects with the community and the developers. Send us your poster abstract to:, deadline November 27th ). [more]
The Board of Trustees of the Ernst Haage Foundation has chosen two national award winners this year: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Eva Blasco is Junior Professor at the Organic Chemistry Institute and Centre for Advanced Materials at the University of Heidelberg since October 2020 and has stood out for her outstanding scientific achievements in the field of design and synthesis of new polymer-based functional materials for applications in 3D and 4D printing. Dr. Sabine Richert is Emmy Noether Research Group Leader at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Freiburg and is honored for her extraordinary contributions in the field of spin information transfer and information storage in photo-generated multi-spin systems designed for molecular spintronics applications. [more]

Experimental lecture "Feuer, Flamme und Dynamit - jetzt wird's Nobel" on the open air stage, Mülheim (Freilichtbühne)

Experimental lecture with Prof. Ferdi Schüth, Wolfgang Schmidt, and André Pommerin from the MPI für Kohlenforschung. Admission by registration only. The registration will be open from 1st of September on the website The event is free of charge and takes place only in good weather. The beer garden of the Freilichbühne Mülheim will be open from 6:00 pm and the MPI Band "Energy Converters" will play before the show. From 7:30 p.m., seats not taken will be given away until the capacity of the open-air stage is reached. The show starts from the onset of darkness (about 20:15).
Metal-Ligand Cooperation in Bond Activation and Catalysis [more]

Karl-Ziegler Lecture 2022 - Main Lecture and Award Ceremony

Design and development of sustainable, environmentally benign catalytic reactions for organic synthesis and for energy related processes are major goals of current catalysis. We have developed new efficient, environmentally benign reactions catalyzed by pincer-type transition metal complexes, including complexes of base metals. Several of these reactions either produce hydrogen gas or consume it. Metal-complex catalyzed reactions, in which most of the catalytic activity is ligand-based, were also developed. Various synthetic and energy-relaed applications based on these catalytic reactions, such as oxidation of organic compounds using water as oxidant liberating H2, and new liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs), will be described. [more]

Girls' Day at the Institute

7th ORCA User Meeting - 15th / 16th of December 2021 "ORCA in action - showcase spectacular simulations"

In the afternoon of 15th and 16th December 2021, the 7th ORCA User Meeting will take place as an online event. This time, the meeting will focus on real-life applications and we will have plenty of space for you to present your own calculations and how you use ORCA to solve challenging problems. Keynote lectures will contain examples of the latest new ORCA features including several applications of ORCA in different fields. Participation is free of charge and if you want to present your own work (15 minute time slots) please send a one-page abstract to until November 15th. We are looking forward to meeting you and learning about your applications, stay tuned for further details on the schedule ! [more]

Public broadcast of Nobel Lecture on "Asymmetric Organocatalysis" with Professor Ben List

· On Wednesday, 8th of December, 11:00 o’clock, the Nobel Lecture of Professor Ben List which was recorded a couple of days ago will premiere on the Website of the Nobel Foundation and on Youtube. The lecture of David MacMillan will be broadcasted too. [more]

Nobel Symposium with the German Laureates 2021

On Tuesday, 7th of December, Ben List and Klaus Hasselmann (Nobel Prize in Physics) will receive the price in Berlin. At 14:00 there will be a talk show with the famous German Science Journalist Ranga Yogeshwar (in German). You can follow the show on YouTube. [more]
The Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and the network of all family doctors of Mülheim are planning a common free vaccination appointment at the institute. Doors of the lecture hall building, Lembkestraße, open on Saturday, 27th of November, from 15:00 to 17:00. Participants do not need to arrange an individual appointment. The vaccinations (with Biontech Vaccine) will, of course, be offered by qualified medicinal personnel. But our new Nobel Laureate Prof. Benjamin List will be there on Saturday to welcome the participants. Please note: The offer is explicitly meant for people who are not vaccinated yet. There will not be any so called “booster shots”. Please bring your Vaccination Passport and your ID. [more]

Ben List is guest at Jörg Thadeusz, the Talk on radio WDR 2

  • Date: Nov 8, 2021
  • Time: 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Location: WDR 2 Radio - live
Ben List meets host Jörg Thadeusz for an exclusive radio conversation on the WDR 2 radio. Jörg Thadeusz would like to take a look at his research with Ben List and learn how the projects have developed over the last 20 years and what the Nobel Prize winner's goals are for the coming years. [more]

Award Ceremony of Ernst Haage-Prizes 2020 & 2021

The National Ernst Haage Award for Chemistry 2021 goes to Dr. Max Martin Hansmann. Max Hansmann is a junior professor at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Organic Chemistry) at Technische Universität Dortmund and has distinguished himself through excellent independent work and outstanding publications. The Ernst Haage Prize for Doctoral Students is awarded to Dr. Rebecca Gómez Castillo (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion).The Ernst Haage Foundation Trainee Award will be presented to Nina Bäumer (MPI CEC) and Paul Grote (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung) for outstanding achievements.The award ceremony will take place on November 5, 2021, as a hybrid event at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr, to which the award winners from 2020 are also invited.The event will be streamed online and registration is necessary. Details can be found on the page linked. [more]

Ben List is guest at TV program STERN TV

Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Ben List is invited to the TV program STERN TV, der Talk presented by Steffen Hallaschka. The talk is transmitted on RTL Fernsehen. [more]

Ben List is guest on TV at Kölner Treff

Chemistry Nobel Prize Winner Ben List is invited to "Kölner Treff" presented by Susan Link and Micky Beisenherz. The talk will also be broadcasted on October 15 and 17 on WDR Fernsehen. More information on "Kölner Treff" and the other guests of the talkshow can be found on the website of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). [more]
The workshop is intended for graduate students, PhD students and young scientists active in solid-state research (chemistry, physics), geosciences, crystallography and materials science. During the workshop, the following topics will be addressed: • Method development at large research facilities • New techniques • Career perspective for young graduates in academia, industry, public service and at large research facilities. The participants are encouraged to present their work as lightning talks. Individual problems will be discussed. [more]

Ferdi Schüth is taking part at the plenary discussion "Chemistry for Future Energy Solutions" at the GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie

GDCh-Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2021
The focus of the second day of the GDCh Science Forum Chemistry is the question "What can chemistry contribute to the energy supply of the future?" [more]

Vista Symposium

Vista Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and data-science for synthesis
Are you a synthetic or computational chemist who wants to know more about cutting-edge ML and Data Science? Then register for the inaugural virtual VISTA symposium (July 13th-July 20th, 2021), organized by Rajat Maji, a postdoc from the Ben List group. With 36 world-leading speakers from academia and industry, it's not one to miss! Registration is free (closes on July 1st) and seats are limited: so claim your spot now.... Registration Link: [more]

ORCA 5.0 Release

For the release of our popular ORCA quantum chemistry package version 5.0 there will be a webinar with an introduction by F. Neese, presentations by the authors and plenty of room for discussions and questions. The webinar will be hosted in ZOOM and will take place on the 1st and 2nd of July with an introductory talk in the evening of the 1st and scientific talks on the 2nd of July. [more]

Expressing Reactivity with Spectroscopy 2021

Expressing Reactivity with Spectroscopy 2021
ExpReS 2021 aims to connect students, scientists, and industries to discuss research findings and current advance about the importance of spectroscopy for the understanding of structure/reactivity relationships and insights into catalytic mechanisms. The symposium will feature examples from the main branches of catalysis: Heterogeneous Catalysis, Homogeneous Catalysis, Bio-catalysis, and their industrial applications. [more]
Four female and six male researchers will receive the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize this year, the top award for early career investigators in Germany. This was the result of a decision made by a selection committee appointed by the DFG and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Dr. Josep Cornellà from the MPI für Kohlenforschung is one of the prizewinners. [more]

Wege aus der Klimakrise: Herausforderungen für die Wissenschaft

Wege aus der Klimakrise: Herausforderungen für die Wissenschaft

German Zeolite Conference

  • Start: Mar 10, 2021 08:45 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • End: Mar 11, 2021 03:45 PM
  • Location: Online-Conference
Die 32rd German Zeolite Conference is organized jointly by scientists of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and the University Duisburg-Essen in close collaboration with the DECHEMA e.V.Due to the Corona pandemic, the conference is an online event, taking place on March 10-11, 2021. The program covers the areas Catalysis, Adsorption, Microporous Materials, and Mesoporous Materials.Plenary lectures will be given by Prof. Gonzalo Prieto (ITQ, Polytechnical University, Valencia, Spain, Prof. Phillip Llewellyn (Total, France), Prof. Svetlana Mintova (CNRS, Caen, France), and Prof. Freddy Kleitz (University Vienna, Austria).Further details at [more]

Early Excellence in Science Award of the Bayer Foundation

Award Ceremony for the Early Excellence in Science Award of the Bayer Foundation
The award session will take place as a digital event. You can join here: [more]
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