Joint Workspace

MPI CEC + MPI für Kohlenforschung

The MPI CEC and the MPI für Kohlenforschung have many overlapping research interests with respect to the design and analysis of catalytic reactions and the characterization of reactive chemical species. In order to elucidate the geometric and electronic structures of such species a host of modern analytical techniques are necessary. The Joint Workspace (JWS) constitutes a combined effort of the MPI CEC and the MPI für Kohlenforschung to realize the high-potential for synergy on the Mülheim chemistry campus (MCC). This is realized in both institutes by giving the other institute access to their own analytic facilities that are largely complementary. Given that both institutes have different legal structures, this turned out to be a non-trivial undertaking that, however, has been tackled through the construction of the JWS. Through the JWS, both institutes exchange scientific infrastructure and analytic techniques in roughly equivalent amounts. The activities of the JWS in the past evaluation period encompass the high-pressure laboratory at the MPI für Kohlenforschung (primarily used by the Department Leitner) and a number of spectroscopic facilities (Mößbauer, MCD, SQUID, resonance Raman) hosted at the MPI CEC and that are part of the Department Neese.

Members of the Joint Workspace

Group leader in the JWS

  • Dr. Eckhard Bill
  • Dr. Dimitrios Manganas (Guest)
  • Dr. Maurice van Gastel (Guest)
  • Dr. Shengfa Ye (Guest)


  • Dr. Vijay Gopal Chilkuri (Guest)
  • Alexander Haack (Guest)

PhD students

  • Tiago Leyser da Costa Gouveia (Guest)
  • Julian David Rolfes (Guest)
  • Rami Alo Mohamed Shafei (Guest)

Research Assistants

  • Derya Demirbas (Guest)
  • Anchisar Rakthanyakan

Lab staff

  • Andreas Göbels (Guest)
  • Frank Reikowski (Guest)
  • Marion Stapper