Molecular Catalysis



Dr. Alexis Bordet
Multifunctional Catalytic Systems

Dr. Nicolas Kaeffer
Organometallic Electrocatalysis

PD Dr. Andreas Vorholt
Multiphase Catalysis

Research in 'Molecular Catalysis'

The fundamental science in the Division of Molecular Catalysis contributes to the development of technologies for the conversion of renewable energy and feedstocks to sustainable fuels and chemical products.

The scientific concept focusses on the understanding of the molecular principles of catalysis as basis for mastering across all scales catalytic processes at the interface of energy and chemistry.

The Division of Molecular Catalysis addresses scientific challenges in the area of organometallic chemistry ranging from the molecular fundamentals to the development of novel reaction-engineering concepts. The research topics are aligned with the principles of „Green Chemistry“ and comprise in particular the use of CO2 as chemical building block and the selective transformation of bio-based feedstocks, as well as the utilization of advanced reaction media such as ionic liquids or supercritical fluids. The actual project plans are based on a rational mechanistic understanding, whereby computational chemistry plays a major role in the analysis and for predictive catalyst design.

Possible applications of the scientific knowledge and research results range from the production of tailor-made fuels, through the manufacturing of base chemicals, to the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The research activities are often embedded in interdisciplinary and international collaborations, including knowledge-oriented scientific networks as well as application-oriented technology consortia.