The MPI CEC has been reestablished in 2012 and the field of research has been aligned with the conversion of energy. Our scientists are engaged in basic processes that are essential within the storage and conversion of Energy.

Our aim is to store energy from regenerative resources like sun and wind so it can be used time- and location-independent.

  • 3 Research Departments: At the moment there are three Research Departments at the MPI CEC with different focuses but working to realize common objectives.
  • Ca. 280 Employees: scientists, technical and service staff, administration and secretary, apprentices, trainees and scientific assistants.
  • Foreigner portion of ca. 40%: There are scientists from more than 24 different nations 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 communication instruments at the Max Planck institutes.

The Board of Trustees is composed of influential 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 institute's management. The determining factor for the number of members on the Board 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 inform itself about developments at the institute and in the Max Planck Society. On the basis of their outstanding expertise, the members advise the MPI CEC in social and research policy issues as well as public relations work, in order to expand further 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, state secretary (off-duty)
  • Dagmar Mühlenfeld, major of the city Mülheim an der Ruhr (out of commission)
  • Arndt Neuhaus, chairman of the board of trustees of the MPI CEC
  • Andreas Ostendorf, Prorektor für Forschung, Transfer und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs der 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, head of Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT

Advisory Board

Top-class basic research: That is the objective which the Max Planck Society and thus each individual Max Planck institute pursue. 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 funding. This particular responsibility towards transparency, but also owing to its own claim to excellence, are the reasons why the Society founded the "Advisory Board" as an evaluation body and has firmly anchored it as a permanent feature in its statutes.

Composition of the Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board is compulsory for each and 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 the institute's 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 possibly further proposals, the Vice-President sends his list of recommendations to the President of the Max Planck Society. On the basis of this, the President nominates the members of the Advisory Board for the institute. The members' work 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 about:

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

Determining whether an institute's research work is efficient does not however take place on the basis of the Status Report alone but also through the extended visit to the institute. Board members are provided with further information there 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 for comment and in order to implement the proposed measures. In this way, the efficiency and excellence of basic research is regularly scrutinized and transparency created.

Next Meeting of the Advisory Board

March 4-6, 2020      

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