Heterogeneous Catalysis

The work of the group is concentrated on the synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials with an application focus in heterogeneous catalysis. Especially important are high surface area materials with controlled porosity and nanostructured catalysts. Reactions studied include model reactions, such as CO oxidation, and energy relevant conversions, i.e. methane activation, biomass conversion, ammonia decomposition and catalyzed hydrogen storage. This research is supported by studies into the fundamental processes governing solids formation.

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Mechanical energy input can drive chemical reactions. The group studies such mechanochemical reactions by using different types of ball mills. [more]
Direct use of electrical energy is one of the key elements in the conversion of the chemical industry to a more sustainable production. The entry point into various value chains is water electrolysis to generate hydrogen. [more]
Solid catalysts are often structured on the nanoscale. Various methods are available to achieve such nanostructuring, including different templating pathways... [more]
Mesoporous solids have pores in the size range between 2 and 50 nm, microporous materials pores below 2 nm. A multitude of different micro- and mesoporous solids is known, such... [more]
Hydrogen Storage is one of the key problems for the implementation of a hydrogen energy economy. Solid hydrides are possible alternatives... [more]
Due to the expected depletion of fossil fuels, alternatives are required for the supply of our societies with fuels and alternative feedstocks for chemical production. Different types of biomass... [more]
Patrick Cramer.

Patrick Cramer will be the new president of the Max Planck Society from June 2023. He has now paid our campus in Mülheim a visit to speak to the directors and listen to the employees concerns and wishes.  more

An exchange from which both sides benefit: School students of the Karl Ziegler Schule spend an experimental day at the MPI

Polymer chemistry is on the curriculum of secondary schools so that high school students are familiar to run reactions on polymerization in the school lab. But why not visit the place where a groundbreaking process for the production of plastics at low pressure was discovered? This becomes even more evident when you consider that Karl Ziegler – the namesake of the school – invented it just around the corner at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung.


MPI für Kohlenforschung and Regler e.V. hand over 2500 Euro to Mülheim Tafel<br /> 

Donations from the experimental lecture come just at the right time. more

Andre Pommerin, Ferdi Schüth and Wolfgang Schmidt perform the Experimental Lecture.

The audience is enthralled by Prof. Schüth’s spectacular Experimental Lecture.  more

New podcast of the Max Planck PhD Network with Ferdi Schüth takes a look at the “Energy System in the Near Future”

The topic is more complex than ever: How do we succeed in moving away from fossil fuels and to renewable energies and, what role will hydrogen play in a future infrastructure. more

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