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IMPRS student Niklas Cibura and colleagues publish in the leading journal for catalysis

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Niklas Cibura, PhD student of our International Max Planck Research School IMPRS-RECHARGE has managed to be published with his group under the direction of Prof. Jennifer Strunk in the 11th volume of the Wiley magazine ChemCatChem and they also have designed the front page of the issue.

This work was carried out by the Max Planck Research Group leader Jennifer Strunk (currently at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock) and Niklas Cibura in cooperation with researchers from the University of Essen-Duisburg, Lehigh University (USA) and Prof. Martin Muhler, Max Planck Fellow at the Ruhr University Bochum.

In this communication, the contributing researches showed that isolated, dehydrated vanadium oxide species on a silica support could perform selective oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde. This activation can be induced either thermally or by photons. This founding provides important implications for the design of actives site for photocatalysis.

The publication:

Proof of Equivalent Catalytic Functionality upon Photon-Induced and Thermal Activation of Supported Isolated Vanadia Species in Methanol Oxidation B. Kortewille, I.E. Wachs, N. Cibura, O. Pfingesten, G. Bacher, M. Muhler, J. Strunk ChemCatChem 2018, 10:2360-2364 doi: