Research at MPI CEC

Energy research across three departments

The three departments "Inorganic Spectroscopy", "Molecular Catalysis" and "Heterogeneous Reactions" at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion are dedicated to energy research. Selected chemical reactions are studied, that all contribute to a de-fossilized energy system. For efficient energy research, the institute combines expertise in molecular, biological and interfacial catalysis.

The Inorganic Spectroscopy Department develops advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools, and applies them in order to understand the processes involved in chemical and biological catalysis.

The Molecular Catalysis Department focuses on fundamental research into technologies for using raw materials as the basis for chemical products and fuels. Here, the focus is on understanding the molecular principles of catalysis.

Since hydrogen is a universal chemical energy carrier in sustainable energy supply systems, the Department of Heterogeneous Reactions focuses especially on hydrogen production, transport and use.



Groups-Inorganic Spectroscopy

Dr. James Birrell
Energy Converting Enzymes

Dr. Ragnar Björnsson
Computational Chemistry

Dr. Laure Decamps
Biochemistry of Metalloproteins

Dr. Sergey Peredkov
X-ray Spectroscopy Instrumentation

Dr. Christina Römelt
Chemical Synthesis

Dr. Olaf Rüdiger
Proteins on electrodes

Dr. Thomas Weyhermüller
Chemical Synthesis, X-ray structure analysis

Groups-Molecular Catalysis

Dr. Alexis Bordet
Multifunctional Catalytic Systems

Dr. Nicolas Kaeffer
Organometallic Electrocatalysis

PD Dr. Andreas Vorholt
Multiphase Catalysis

Groups-Heterogeneous Reactions

Dr. Mark Greiner
Surface Structure Analysis

Dr. Saskia Heumann
Carbon Synthesis and Application

Dr. Axel Knop-Gericke
Electronic Structure (at the Fritz Haber Institute of the MPG)

Dr. Holger Ruland
Catalytic Technology

Dr. Ioannis Spanos