Prof. Dr. Regina Palkovits - Solid Molecular Catalysts

Prof. Dr. Regina Palkovits
Head of Group Solid Molecular Catalysts


Diploma of Chemical Engineering Technical University Dortmund/ Germany (1998-2003)
PhD Student Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr/ Germany (2003-2006)
PostDoc Utrecht University/ The Netherlands (2007)
Group Leader Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/ Germany (2008-2010)
Associate Professor Nanostructured Catalysts, ITMC, RWTH Aachen University/ Germany (2010-2013)
Full Professor Heterogeneous Catalysis & Chemical Technology, ITMC, RWTH Aachen University/ Germany (since 2013)
Acting Director Institute of Chemical Technology & Makromoleculare Chemistry (ITMC), RWTH Aachen University/ Germany (since 2015)
Max Planck FellowMPI CEC (since 2019)

Fellowships & Awards

  • 2019  Max Planck Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute of chemical Energy Conversion     
  • 2019  EFCATS Young Researcher Award
  • 2019  Exxon Mobil Science & Engineering Award
  • 2017  DECHEMA Award for outstanding scientific contributions, Dechema/Germany
  • 2015  FAMOS for family (award for family-friendliness of RWTH Aachen University
  • 2013  Max-Buchner Research Fellowship
  • 2011  Selected for the Capital-Project Young Elite “Four time forty below forty”
  • 2011  Award „100 Women of tomorrow“ of the initiative „Germany – Country of Ideas“
  • 2010  Innovation Award of North-Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Science/ Germany
  • 2010  Robert Bosch Junior Professorship of Robert Bosch Foundation/ Germany
  • 2010  Jochen-Block Award of the German Catalysis Society/ Germany
  • 2009  Award for “Comprehensible Science” of GKSS, Helmholtz Society/ Germany
  • 2008  „Fast-Track Fellowship” of Robert Bosch Foundation/ Germany
  • 2006  Hendrik Casimir – Karl Ziegler Research Award of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science and North Rhine-Westphalia Academy of Science and Arts


PDF: Full publicationslist

Link: ORCID: 0000-0002-4970-2957

Top 10 Publications

1. Meyers, J,; Mensah, J. B.; Holzhäuser, F. J.; Omari, A.; Blesken, C. C.; Tiso, T.; Palkovits, S.; Blank, L. M.; Pischinger, S.; Palkovits, R.: Electrochemical conversion of a bio-derivable hydroxy-acid to a drop-in oxygenate diesel fuel. Energy Environ. Sci. 12, pp. 2406-2411, 2019
2. Palkovits, R.; Palkovits, S.: Using artificial intelligence to forecast water oxidation catalysts. ACS Catal. doi: 10.1021/acscatal.9b01985, 2019
3. Zeng, F.; Xi, X.; Cao, H.; Pei, Y.; Heeres, H. J.; Palkovits, R.: Synthesis of mixed alcohols with enhanced C3+ alcohol production by CO hydrogenation over potassium promoted molybdenum sulfide. Appl. Catal. B. 246, pp. 232-241, 2019
4. Beine, A. K.; Krüger, A. J. D.; Weidenthaler, C.; Artz, J.; Hausoul, P. J. C.; Palkovits, R.: Selective production of glycols from Xylitol over Ru/CTF-catalysts - Suppressing the formation of lactic acid. Green Chem. 20, pp. 1316-1322, 2018
5. Jabłońska, M.; Beale, A. M.; Nocuń, M.; Palkovits, R.: Ag-Cu based catalysts for the selective ammonia oxidation into nitrogen and water vapour. Appl. Catal. B. 232, pp. 275-287, 2018
6. Tuci, G.; Pilaski, M.; Ba, H.; Rossin, A.; Luconi, L.; Caporali, S.; Pham-Huu, C.; Palkovits, R.; Giambastiani, R.: Unraveling Surface Basicity and Bulk Morphology Links on Covalent Triazine Frameworks with Unique Gas Adsorption and Catalytic Properties. Adv. Funct. Mater. 27 (7), pp. 1605672-, 2017
7. Broicher, C.; Foit, S.; Rose, M.; Hausoul, P. J. C.; Palkovits, R.: A Bipyridine-based Conjugated Microporous Polymer for the Ir-Catalyzed Dehydrogenation of Formic Acid. ACS Catal. 7 (12), pp. 8413–8419, 2017
8. Delidovich, I.; Hausoul, P. J. C.; Deng, L.; Pfützenreuter, R.; Rose, M.; Palkovits, R.: Alternative Monomers from lignocellulose and their application for polymer production. Chem. Rev. 116 (3), pp. 1540-1599, 2016
9. Sandbrink, L.; Klindtworth, E.; Beale, A. M.; Palkovits, R.: ReOx@TiO2 – a recyclable solid catalyst for deoxydehydration. ACS Catal. 6 (2), pp. 677-680, 2016
10. Hausoul P. J. C.; Broicher, C.; Vegliante, R.; Göb, C.; Palkovits, R.: Solid Molecular Phosphine Catalysts for Formic acid Decomposition in the Biorefinery. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55 (18), pp. 5597 – 5601, 2016

Group Members


  • Dr. Anna Katharina Beine

Research Assistants

  • Kristina Anja Baumhove

Research - Solid Molecular Catalysts

With heterogeneous catalysis and material design as core expertise, we tackle global challenges via the development of sustainable chemical transformations and processes. The group focuses on bridging concepts of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Our current research topics are:

Reductive hydroformylation in the liquid and in the gas phase

Hydroformylation is still one of the most important homogeneously catalyzed reactions in industrial chemistry. In order to realize the reaction using solid catalysts, it is necessary to mimic the catalyst complex of metal cation and ligand within a solid. For this purpose, we use polymers as carriers, which are loaded with the metal salt. For studying the reaction in the gas phase, the construction of a suitable reactor is planned.

Catalyst and process development for the implementation of bio-based tandem reactions

The production of sugar alcohols as platform chemicals is essential to produce value-added products from lignocellulose. They are obtained from cellulose or hemicellulose by a combination of dehydration and hydrogenation. Our research aims to realize the two consecutive reactions in one step. As the sugars resulting from dehydration are very reactive and can undergo many side reactions (such as polymerization), the implementation of tandem reactions offers a decisive advantage. Therefore, we develop tailor-made catalysts based on mesoporous silica.

Conversion of H2, CO and CO2 to high value products

Formaldehyde is a bulk chemical and serves as substrate for the production of products such as polymers and paints. It is also an important substrate for the production of oxymethylene ethers, which can be used as sustainable fuels and fuel additives or as solvents. The main focus of our research is the conversion of CO and later CO2 with H2 to formaldehyde. The reaction shall be realized in aqueous solution with the help of solid molecular catalysts. Intelligent catalyst design and a profound understanding of the reaction will allow the development of new reaction pathways.

Electrode development for the electrochemical water splitting reaction

The electrolysis of water produces hydrogen, which can be used as fuel, energy storage and for chemical processes. To make water electrolysis efficient, the limiting oxygen evolution reaction must be optimized. By controlling the structure, morphology, topology, and composition of the electrodes, we can reveal structure-activity relationships and develop materials that exhibit high activity as well as stability.[3,4]


We offer research internships, bachelor and master theses for all topics. If you are interested, please contact us by e-mail: katharina.beine[a]


[1]  S. Maaz, M. Rose, R. Palkovits, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2016, 220, 183-187.

[2]  A. M. Bahmanpour, A. Hoadley, A. Tanksale, Green Chemistry 2015, 17, 3500-3507.

[3]  A. K. Beine, C. Broicher, Q. Hu, L. Mayerl, T. Bisswanger, H. Hartmann, A. Besmehn, S. Palkovits, A.-H. Lu, R. Palkovits, Catalysis Science & Technology 2018, 8, 6311-6315.

[4]  C. Broicher, F. Zeng, N. Pfänder, M. Frisch, T. Bisswanger, J. Radnik, J. M. Stockmann, S. Palkovits, A. K. Beine, R. Palkovits, ChemCatChem 2020, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202000944.