In 2012, our research focus shifted to the conversion and storage of energy, and the institute was renamed as the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion.

It is our goal to find solutions for storing energy from regenerative resources such as sun and wind.

  • 3 Research Departments: The common objective of the institute is approached in an interdisciplinary manner by currently three research departments.
  • Ca. 270 Employees: About 270 people, i.e. scientific staff, technical, service and administrative staff, apprentices, trainees and scientific assistants, are employed at the institute.
  • Internationality: Scientists from more than 30 different nations are working at the MPI CEC.

Board of Trustees

The dialogue between research and the general public is an important concern for the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the Max Planck Society. Boards of Trustees were formed as one of many instruments of communication at the Max Planck Institutes.

The Board of Trustees is composed of members of the Max Planck Society and key players from politics, commerce, science and media. They are nominated for six years by the President of the Max Planck Society at the proposal of the respective institute's management. The determining factor for the number of board members is the size of the institute. Since the members recognize the importance of research in Germany as well as the autonomy of science, they perform their tasks as trustees in an honorary capacity.

The Board of Trustees meets once a year with the MPI CEC's Executive Board to gain information about developments at the institute and the Max Planck Society. Based on their outstanding expertise, the members advise the MPI CEC in regard to social and research policy issues as well as public relations work, in order to foster the dialogue between research and the general public.


  • Reinhold Achatz, Thyssen Krupp AG, Head of Corporate Function Technology, Innovation & Sustainability
  • Michael Brinkmeier, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MPI CEC, Chairman of the Stiftung Deutsche Schlaganfall-Hilfe
  • Ulrike Flach, former parliamentary Secretary of State
  • Maximilian Fleischer, Siemens AG, Chief Expert Energy Technologies
  • Jürgen Großmann, member of the Georgsmarienhütte Holding GmbH
  • Thomas Grünewald, Secretary of State, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research NRW
  • Dagmar Mühlenfeld, former Major of the city Mülheim an der Ruhr (off-duty)
  • Arndt Neuhaus, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the MPI CEC
  • Andreas Ostendorf, Vice Rector for Research, Transfer and Early Career Researchers, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Ulrich Radtke, Director of the University Duisburg-Essen
  • René Röspel, member of the German Bundestag
  • Friedrich Seitz, BASF SE
  • Annette Storsberg, Secretary of State, Ministry for Culture and Science, NRW
  • Eckhard Weidner, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

Advisory Board

Top-class basic research is the objective of the Max Planck Society and every Max Planck Institute. Basic research which is pioneering but at the same time stringently efficient sets the milestones for excellent research at the Max Planck Institutes. The requirement for efficiency is also born out of the fact that the Max Planck Society and the individual institutes are financed from public funds. Due to this particular responsibility towards transparency, and its own claim to excellence, the MPS founded the "Advisory Board" as an evaluation body and firmly anchored it as a permanent feature in its statutes.

Composition of the Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is compulsory for every Max Planck Institute. Before the committee can hold its first meeting, quite a few organizational tasks need to be performed in order to nominate the members. The institutes identify renowned international experts in their corresponding field of research. The institutes then put forward several experts as committee members for each place on the Advisory Board. This list of proposals is sent to the Vice-President. Following extensive consultation and further proposals, the Vice-President sends his list of recommendations to the President of the Max Planck Society. Based on these recommendations, the President nominates the members of the Advisory Board for the institute whose office is honorary. To achieve a process of rotation on the Advisory Board, members are nominated for a maximum of six years, whereby half the committee is replaced after three years in order to introduce new momentum. An exchange between experienced and new members is consistently fostered.


Recommendations on organization, financial and personnel resources as well as new priorities or changes in an institute's activities – these are the main tasks of the Advisory Board. In order to implement these recommendations and appraisals, the members of the Advisory Board inform themselves on site for several days every two years about the research work being performed in the relevant institute. In preparation and as a basis for the on-site review, the institute gives the board members a research report – a so-called Status Report – which includes information on:

  • Structure and organization of the institute
  • The institute's research program and its departments
  • Personnel structure, budget, etc.

Board members are provided with further information on-site through lectures, discussions and poster presentations with the researchers on the range of research topics tackled and the institute's capabilities. Following this evaluation, the Advisory Board compiles a corresponding report, in which results and assessments as well as recommendations and advice are expressed. Recipient of the report is the President of the Max Planck Society. The institutes also receive the report in order to implement the proposed measures. In this way, the efficiency and excellence of basic research is regularly scrutinized and transparency created.


Scientific reports of the MPI CEC

Scientific Report 2014-2017 (.pdf 4,5 MB)
Mülheim an der Ruhr, March 2017

Scientific Report 2010-2013 (.pdf 11,3MB)
Mülheim an der Ruhr, February 2014