The MPI CEC sees scientific collaboration within the institute and with external partners as a key ingredient of its research strategy. Furthermore it is an essential challenge to create awareness for the important role of basic research in the filed of chemical energy conversion. Therefore the MPI CEC initiates several internal and external measures to sustain the Scientific Dialogue.

Carbon2Chem ®
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Carbon2Chem ®

The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion is involved in the joint project Carbon2Chem ® , a large-scale initiative on climate protection with 17 partners from industry and science. The project aims at turning CO2 and other gases (Hüttengase) from steel mills into chemicals.

For more information, visit our website about Carbon2Chem ®.

Energiesysteme der Zukunft (ESYS)

To successfully implement the energy revolution, scientific supervision is necessary. The interdisciplinary initiative ESYS – which was found by acatech, the „Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina“ and the „Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften“ – contains the expertise of more than 100 experts of various scientific areas. 

In dialogue with stakeholders of politics, science, economics and the public, the experts develop strategies for a secure, affordable and sustainable energy revolution. MPI CEC Director Prof. Robert Schlögl is the board of directors’ Chairperson. The first phase oft he project ran from 2013-2016. The second phase has just started.

Source and further information (in German only): acatech

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V.

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) is the largest chemical society in continental Europe with members from academe, education, industry and other areas. The GDCh supports chemistry in teaching, research and application and promotes the understanding of chemistry in the public.  
Every region in Germany has its own local union. Prof. Alexander Auer, group leader at MPI CEC, is the chariman of the local GDCh union of the Ruhr area. Regularly, the CEC organizes colloquia for its members, and invites renowned speakers from Germany or abroad.  
Find the current GDCh lectures of the Ruhr area here.

Kopernikus-Projects for the Energy Revolution

In the "Kopernikus-Projects" science, industry and society will jointly develop solutions to renew the energy system within the next ten years.

The projects focus on the fields:

  • New net structures
  • Power-to-X
  • Industry processes
  • System integration

Our director Prof. Robert Schlögl is Chairman of the Advisory Board of this research initiative. Further information (in German only) can be found on the official Kopernikus-Website


Manganese-based Catalysts for Water Splitting

The BMBF funded project „MANGAN“ pursues the questions whether Manganese-based compounds are suitable electrocatalysts for (photo)electrochemical water splitting. 26 research groups in 15 sub-projects are involved in this research project.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the cluster since May 2015 for the next four years with a sum of 12,3 Mio. Euros. 

Find more details on the MANGAN website.


The MAXNET Energy is a research cooperation that aims at obtaining a deeper understanding of basic processes in chemical energy conversion and the rational design of novel catalysts, materials and techniques. 7 Max Planck Institutes, the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin as well as the Cardiff Catalysis Institute and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville are partners of MAXNET Energy.

The MAXNET Energy originated from the ENERCHEM initiative of the Max Planck society that has successfully brought together scientists within the MPG from different fields of chemistry, physics and engineering. The focus of the joined work is key reactions in energy conversion for which a deeper understanding of existing systems and intensive research for novel solutions are conducted. The span of the projects within MAXNET Energy ranges from atomistic insight of catalytic reactions to details of engineering solutions for technical systems, from quantum simulation to synchrotron measurements and from synthetic chemistry to materials science.

Further information can be found on the MAXNET Energy Website

EMIL - Energy Materials In-Situ Laboratory Berlin


The storage ring BESSY II in Berlin-Adlershof is at present the only third generation synchrotron radiation source in Germany. BESSY II emits extremely brilliant photon pulses ranging from the long wave terahertz region to hard X rays. Users can choose the energy range and the polarisation of the radiation. The forty six beam holes at the undulator, wiggler, and dipole sources offer users a many-faceted mix of beam holes and measuring sites with outstanding energy resolution. The combination of brilliance and photon pulses makes BESSY II the ideal microscope for space and time, allowing resolutions down to femtoseconds and picometres.

The profile of BESSY II is defined to a great degree by the users, now over 2500 in number. An important role is played by the scientists at the HZB, but also the institutional users like the Max Planck Society, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, and collaborating research groups. Consequently, as a result of the activities by the Physical Technical Institute PTB, BESSY II is the European radiation standard for the calibration of light sources and detectors.

Source: Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin


In a concerted effort, HZB and the Max Planck Society (MPG) are in the process to develop, install, and operate EMIL (Energy Materials In-Situ Laboratory Berlin), a world-wide unique facility at the BESSY II synchrotron light source. EMIL is dedicated to the state-of-the-art synthesis and in-situ and in-operando X-ray analysis of materials and devices for energy conversion, energy storage, and energy efficiency. Work at EMIL will cover the range from basic and applied material science over technology and prototype development to industrial research.
Prof. Serena DeBeer, research group leader at the MPI CEC, is responsible for the PINK beam line at EMIL.

For more information please visit the EMIL website.


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding a large-scale research project located at three Max Planck Institutes in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Düsseldorf, the Fuel Cell Research Center ZBT and the Umicore Company. The 3 M. Euro project is funded in the framework of an initiative to conduct research for sustainable, environmentally friendly, reliable and affordable energy supplies.

Focus of the work is a novel catalyst material for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Currently, PEM fuel cells are built using catalysts based on carbon supported platinum nanoparticles. The efficiency and lifetime of these catalysts are the limiting factors for the technical application of fuel cells, for example in automotive applications. The new material holds the promise to yield materials that use less noble metal, have longer lifetimes and are more resistant to chemical degradation.

The structure of the consortium ranging from institutions that focus on fundamental research up to partners from industry is aimed at providing new materials and the knowledge on structure-function relationships. Furthermore it also enables the groups to develop strategies for scaling the material synthesis up the quantities that are required for industrial use.

Cluster of Excellence - RESOLV

Cluster of Excellence 1069 - RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation) - Understanding and Design of Solvent Controlled Processes

The Excellence Initiative aims to promote top-level research and to improve the quality of German universities and research institutions in general, thus making Germany a more attractive research location, making it more internationally competitive and focussing attention on the outstanding achievements of Germany universities and the German scientific community. There are three funding lines of the Excellence Initiative (1) Graduate Schools (2) Clusters of Excellence (3) Institutional Strategies.

Especially Clusters of Excellence will enable German university locations to establish internationally visible, competitive research and training facilities, thereby enhancing scientific networking and cooperation among the participating institutions.

One of those Clusters of Excellence is RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation).

RESOLV is hosted by the Ruhr-University Bochum and at its very heart lies the quest to significantly deepen the understanding of the complex interplay between solutes and solvents at the molecular level. Therefore, its goal is to launch Solvation Science as a new interdisciplinary research field, thus providing a unifying framework in which solvent processes can be investigated. 

Prof. Lubitz and his department Biophysical Chemistry as well as Prof. Neese with his department Molecular Theory and Spectroskopy are partners withing the project.

Detailed information about the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV can be found on the website of the RUB.

Experimental photovoltaic system

The experimental photovoltaic system was installed as a part oft the research activities in the field of energy storage at the MPI CEC.
The special features of this system are the various photovoltaic-modules, differing in type technology, area and power.

More information on our Solar-Website