Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl - Heterogene Reaktionen

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl
Geschäftsführender Direktor
Abteilung Heterogene Reaktionen


DiplomMaximilians Universität München (1979)
Dr. rer. nat.Maximilians Universität München (1982)
PostdocHeterogeneous Catalysis, Cambridge University (mit Sir J. Meurig Thomas); Physics, Switzerland (mit Prof. H.J. Güntherodt) (1982 - 1983)
GruppenleiterHoffmann La Roche AG, Basel, Schweiz
HabilitationStructure of industrial ammonia-synthesis catalysts (mit Prof. Gerhard Ertl), FHI Berlin
ProfessorInorganic Chemistry, Universität Frankfurt (1989 - 1994)
DirektorFritz-Haber-Institut der MPG (seit 1994)
HonorarprofessorTechnische Universität Berlin (seit 1994)
HonorarprofessorHumboldt-Universität Berlin (seit 1998)
Gründungs-DirektorMPI CEC (since 2011)
HonorarprofessorUniversität Duisburg-Essen (seit 2013)

Kurz Biografie

Robert Schlögl studied chemistry and completed his PhD on graphite intercalation compounds at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (1982). After postdoctoral stays at Cambridge and Basle he carried out his habilitation under the supervision of Professor Ertl at Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin (1989). Later he accepted the call for a Full Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry at Frankfurt University. In 1994 he was appointed his current position as Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. In addition, in 2011 he was appointed founding director at the newly planned Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion. Robert Schlögl's research focuses primarily on the investigation of heterogeneous catalysts, with the aim to combine scientific with technical applicability as well as on the development of nanochemically-optimized materials for energy storage. The application of knowledge-based heterogeneous catalysis for large-scale chemical energy conversion summarizes his current research focus.

He is author of about 800 publications and registered inventor of more than 20 patent families. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of numerous international organizations. His research activities have been recognized with several international awards.


Selected Publications

  • “Dynamics of Palladium on Nanocarbon in the Direct Synthesis of H2O2” R. Arrigo, M. E. Schuster, S. Abate, S. Wrabetz, K. Amakawa, D. Teschner, M. Freni, G. Centi, S. Perathoner, M. Hävecker, R. Schlögl, ChemSusChem, 2014, 7, 1.
  • “Experimentally Quantifying Small Molecule Bond Activation Using Valence-to-Core Xray Emission Spectroscopy” C. J. Pollock, K. Grubel, P. L. Holland, S. DeBeer, J. Am.Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 11803-11808.
  • “X-ray Spectroscopic Observation of an Interstitial Carbide in NifEN-bound FeMocoPrecursor” K. M. Lancaster, Y. Hu, U. Bergmann, M. W. Ribbe, S. DeBeer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 610-612.
  • “Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectroscopy of Iron Carbonyl Complexes:Implications for the Examination of Catalytic Intermediates”, M. Ulises Delgado-Jaime, S.DeBeer, M. Bauer, Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 15888-15897.
  • “The Protonation States of Oxo-Bridged Mn(IV)-Dimers Resolved by Experimental and Computational Mn K Pre-Edge X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy” V. Krewald, B.Lassalle-Kaiser, T. T. Boron, C.J. Pollock, J. Kern, M. A. Beckwith, V. K. Yachandra, V. L. Pecoraro, J. Yano, F. Neese, S. DeBeer, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 12904-12914.
  • “On the Sensitivity of X-ray Core Spectroscopy to Changes in Metal Ligation: A Systematic Study of High-Spin Ferrous Complexes” P. Chandrasekaran, K. P. Chiang, D.Nordlund, U. Bergmann, P. L. Holland, S. DeBeer, Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52, 6286-6298.
  • “Manganese K-Edge X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy as a Probe of the Metal–LigandInteractions in Coordination Compounds”, M. Roemelt, M. A. Beckwith, C. Duboc, M.- N. Collomb, F. Neese, S. DeBeer, Inorg. Chem., 2012, 51, 680-687.
  • “The Active Site of Methanol Synthesis over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 Industrial Catalysts”, M. Behrens, F. Studt, I. Kasatkin, S. Kühl, M. Hävecker, F. Abild-Pedersen, S. Zander, F. Girgsdies, P. Kurr, B.-L. Kniep, M. Tovar, R. W. Fischer, J. K. Nørskov, R. Schlögl, Science, 2012, 336, 893-897.
  • “X-ray Emission Spectroscopy Evidences a Central Carbon in the Nitrogenase Iron-Molybdenum Cofactor”, K. M. Lancaster, M. Roemelt, P. Ettenhuber, Y. Hu, M. W. Ribbe, F. Neese, U. Bergmann, S. DeBeer, Science, 2011, 334, 974-977.

List of all publications

Funktionen & Aufgaben

Ehrungen & Preise

  • Innovationspreis NRW 2015
  • Alwin-Mittasch-Preis 2015
  • Dechema Plaque in Titanium 2010
  • Otto Bayer Prize, 1994
  • Schunck Award for Innovative Materials, 1989
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, U.K.
  • Chairman of Chemisch-Physikalisch-Technische Sektion des Wissenschaftlichen Rates der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 2004-2006
  • Vice-Chairman of Chemisch-Physikalisch-Technische Sektion des Wissenschaftlichen Rates der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 2002-2003


    Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter

  • Dr. Raoul Blume
  • Dr. Michael Hävecker
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  • Dr. Julian Schittkowski
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  • Dr. Lin-Hui Yu


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  • Dr. Elena Willinger
  • Dr. Sun Xiaoyan
  • Dr. Qingjun Zhu


  • Omar Alberto Mayorga Vielma
  • PhD Studenten

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  • Sakeb Hasan Choudhury
  • Martin Dilla
  • Jan Markus Folke
  • Christian Fröse
  • Caroline Hartwig
  • David Kuß
  • Heeyong Park
  • Denise Rein
  • Feihong Song
  • Fabian Wachholz
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  • Janina Jaspert
  • Christian Klucken
  • Natalia Kowalew
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  • Martha Sojka
  • Teresa Stamm
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Heterogeneous Reactions

The energy challenge can be seen as the major challenge for today’s society and future generations. Chemistry plays a central role in the energy challenge, since most energy conversion systems work on (bio)chemical energy carriers and require for their use suitable process and material solutions. The enormous scale of their application demands optimization beyond the incremental improvement of empirical discoveries. For this reason we work on the development of knowledge-based systematic approaches in order to arrive at scalable and sustainable solutions.

Analysis of the processes that are essential to convert the current energy systems into sustainable systems indicates that the conversion of electricity into chemical energy is a critical process in the network of chemical energy conversion reactions. Both electrolysis and heterogeneous photochemical reactions are of relevance here. The difficult elementary steps are in the oxygen evolution reaction.

In a concerted effort the department develops a concept of carbon-based functional materials that operate in oxygen evolution either alone or doped with functional transition metal oxides. In parallel we study with advanced in-situ spectroscopic tools the reaction on performing systems with noble metals to learn about design requirements for systems operating with materials as used in the biological analogue. The resulting material solutions and synthesis tools will be transferred to catalytic processes binding primary hydrogen onto carrier molecules such as CO2 and N2 to arrive at practically useful solar fuels.

The work of the department is strictly knowledge-oriented to generate generic insight and solutions for synthesis and analysis of chemical energy conversion systems. Theory and molecular model studies with the other departments critically deepen our insight. The department engages into method development for operating advanced spectroscopic methods on heterogeneous and on homogeneous systems. Projects are performed in close collaboration with the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin.