Dr. Christophe Werlé - Metallorganische Elektrokatalyse
|PhD Thesis||Dr. Jean-Pierre Djukic, University of Strasbourg/Institute of Chemistry, France (2011-2014)|
|Research associate||Dr. Michel Pfeffer, University of Strasbourg/Institute of Chemistry, France (2014-2014)|
|Post-Doc||Prof. Dr. Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany (2014-2016)|
|Post-Doc||Prof. Dr. Karsten Meyer, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (2016-2017)|
|Group Leader||'Organometallic Electrocatalysis', MPI CEC (seit 2017)|
Research in Organometallic Electrocatalysis
The catalytic transformation of small molecules - such as carbon dioxide - into value-added products is important for chemical synthesis and provides access to the existing infrastructure for storage, transportation, and utilization.
In the Organometallic Electrocatalysis Group, we design electrocatalysts for the sustainable synthesis of carbon-based feedstocks according to the principles of “Green Chemistry”. We specialize in the synthesis of mono or multinuclear transition metal complexes supported by novel ligand architectures, which are then characterized by a myriad of spectroscopic and computational techniques. These complexes can then be tested for their activity as electrocatalysts to provide reliable, affordable, environmentally-friendly fuels and chemicals. We are particularly interested in the isolation and characterization of reactive intermediates present during catalysis. For instance, transition-metal complexes capable of bonding with carbon dioxide are often suitable electrocatalysts for the reduction of CO2 into value added products. The isolation of such intermediates is relevant to our understanding of the catalytic cycle and can make further optimization possible.