Dr. Christophe Werlé - Metallorganische Elektrokatalyse

Dr. Christophe Werlé
Leiter der Gruppe Metallorganische Elektrokatalyse
Abteilung Molekulare Katalyse


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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)



  • Dr. Basuijt Chatterjee

PhD Studenten

  • Hanna Cramer
  • Christina Erken (Gast)
  • Niklas Kinzel
  • Alexander Schmitz


  • Carsten Hindemith
  • Petra Höfer
  • Phillip Reck
  • Julia Zerbe

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.