Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl - Heterogeneous Reactions
|Diplom||Maximilians University Munich (1979)|
|Dr. rer. nat.||Maximilians University Munich (1982)|
|Postdoc||Heterogeneous Catalysis, Cambridge University (with Sir J. Meurig Thomas); Physics, Switzerland (with Prof. H.J. Güntherodt) (1982 - 1983)|
|Group Leader||Hoffmann La Roche AG, Basle, Switzerland|
|Habilitation||Structure of industrial ammonia-synthesis catalysts (with Prof. Gerhard Ertl), FHI Berlin|
|Professor||Inorganic Chemistry, University of Frankfurt (1989 - 1994)|
|Director||Fritz Haber Institute of the MPG (since 1994)|
|Honorary Professor||Technische Universität Berlin (since 1994)|
|Honorary Professor||Humboldt-Universität Berlin (since 1998)|
|Founding Director||MPI CEC (since 2011)|
|Honorary Professor||University Duisburg-Essen (since 2013)|
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.
- “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.
- Member of the BMBF Hightech-Forum (since 2015)
- Topical Network Leadership "Energy and Resources" (since 2010)
- Chair of the Award Commission, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW)
- Board Member, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BBAW),
- Member of the Convent for Technical Sciences of the Union of German Academies of Sciences (acatech)
- Chair of the MPG Presidential Commission on Future Directions of Science (since 2010)
- BESSY Beamtime Committee, Berlin (Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung m.b.H.)
- BESSY Scientific Advisory Board
- Scientific Advisory Board Leibnitz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock (since 2010)
- Advisory Board Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (2008-2012)
- Member of the Editorial Board ChemCatChem (since 2009)
- Member of the Advisory Board ChemSusChem (since 2009)
- Member of the Editorial Board Catalysis Letters (2003-2009)
- Member of the Editorial Board Journal of Catalysis (2003-2009)
Honors and Awards
- Innovation-Award NRW 2015
- Alwin Mittasch Prize 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
- Dr. Raoul Blume
- Dr. Michael Hävecker
- Dr. Yang-Ming Lin
- Dr. Zigeng Liu
- Dr. Hong Nhan Nong-Reier
- Dr. Yunxiang Qiao
- Dr. Holger Ruland
- Dr. Elham Safaei Takhtehfouladi
- Dr. Jorge Iván Salazar Gómez
- Dr. Julian Schittkowski
- Dr. Dongyoon Shin
- Dr. Juan-Jesus Velasco-Velez
- Lin-Hui Yu
- Teresa Bartoldus
- Sabita Bhandari
- Annika Gurowski
- Marius Heise-Podleska
- Christian Klucken
- Natalia Kowalew
- Bernd Mienert
- Norbert Pfänder
- Frank Reikowski
- Martha Sojka
- Tobias Stamm
- Agnes Stoer
- Johanna Taing
- Christian Weimann
- Moritz Döring
- Bastian Hesselmann
- Fabian Otto
- Jannis Peter
- Jens Pickenbrock
- Julia Zerbe
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.