Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Energy Conversion (CSCEC)
September 17th - September 21st 2017

A global energy change is needed. Therefore, looking for solutions which are sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective is indispensable. The chemical energy conversion as a way of facing the challenges related to the energy change, requires the development of efficient catalysts and the profound understanding of the underlying chemistry for processes like transforming light into electrical energy and energy storage for creating the next generations of fuel cells and electric-powered cars.

Furthermore, faced with growing concerns regarding the global climate change, coalitions of experts and stakeholders have come together, working in interdisciplinary and international corporations, to find solutions against the most important threat to humankind. With almost unanimous consensus, there is an agreement that the large-scale consumption of fossil fuels to meet the growing global energy demand is contributing to the climate change by emitting CO2 and other greenhouse gasses. Therefore, scientists and engineers are working tirelessly on the quest for finding sustainable and renewable energy solutions. In order to derive such solutions, chemical energy conversion processes have received great scientific and technological attention. Besides optimizing existing processes, new chemical processes have to be conceived and developed which work more efficient in terms of utilizing resources and energy output.

This conference will focus on bridging three main topics of research related to catalysis for chemical energy conversion:

  • THEORY in catalysis (e.g., first principle studies, reaction mechanisms)
  • SYNTHESIS (e.g., catalyst preparation methods, etc.)
  • APPLICATION (e.g., syngas conversion, electrochemical water splitting, photocatalytic CO2 activation, etc.)

The conference “Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Energy Conversion (CSCEC)” is the first of planned annual conferences organized by the students of the International Max Planck Research School on Reactive Structure Analysis for Chemical Reactions (IMPRS – RECHARGE), based at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The conference is addressed to graduate students, post-doctoral scientists, and senior-researchers with experimental (synthetic/spectroscopic) and/or theoretical background, who are interested in:

  • Updating and sharing their knowledge on the latest research in catalysis for sustainable chemical energy conversion both in fundamental science and application in processes.
  • Engage in stimulating discussions with peers and leading scientists and researchers in the field.
  • Develop networks between the researchers, which can lead to productive scientific collaborations.


The four-day-symposium will combine keynote lectures and talks on special interest topics of the conference, daily poster sessions with voluntary contributions from the participants, as well as excursions to selected places close to Duisburg.

Keynote Speakers

Ferdi Schüth (MPI KOFO - Germany)
Robert Schlögl (MPI CEC / FHI - Germany)
Felix Studt (KIT - Germany)
Martin Muhler (RUB - Germany)
Malte Behrens (UDE - Germany)
Pierre Millet (ICMMO - France)
Marc Koper (LIC - Netherlands)


Serena Alfarano, Steven Angel, Niklas Cibura, Kevin Dzialkowski, Roman Elfgen, Christian Froese, Sascha Gehrke, Lukas John, Hrishikesh Joshi, Praveen Narangoda, Fatih Özcan, Casey van Stappen, Mingquan Yu

Further information on speakers, fees and registration and abstract submission will be soon available.


NETZ – NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum
Universität Duisburg-Essen
Carl-Benz-Str. 199
47057 Duisburg

By car:

Coming from all directions, take the exit "Duisburg-Kaiserberg" at the Autobahnkreuz Kaiserberg (A3 / A40). At the traffic light turn left towards Zoo/Universität. After approximately one kilometer (including an underpass, a righthand curve and a bridge over the motorway) you head directly towards the silvergray striped ''NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum'' with the eye-catching lettering "NETZ". In front of the building, the road makes a sharp left curve. On the left hand side you will find a large parking lot of the university. The visitors parking lot is accessible via the first driveway, after the left curve. Note: If you are using a navigation device, please refer to "Forsthausweg, 47057 Duisburg", since older systems often place the actual address incorrectly.

By public transport:

By train to Duisburg main station. Follow the "U-Bahn" signs to the northern end of the station. There you will find an exit leading to the bus station. Take the bus number 933 or 926 (both towards Uni-Nord). Get off at the ''Uni-Nord'' stop after about twelve minutes. The silver-gray striped ''NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum'' with the eye-catching lettering "NETZ" is located on the opposite side of the parking lot.
The City of Duisburg offers a number of possible accommodations which are quite close to the venue of the CSCEC symposium, the NanoEnergieTechnikZentrum (NETZ) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In the following we provide a list with three options, showing the contact details for the hotels, the number of reserved rooms, the expenses for single and double bedrooms and the room availability. In total, we reserved a contingent of 85 rooms, all including breakfast. After registration for the symposium you will receive a conformation mail containing a booking code which can be used for accessing a room from the reserved contingents. As soon as the room contingent for one of the hotels is used up, we will inform you on this page.

Mercure Hotel Duisburg City

Landfermannstraße 20
47051 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 203 / 300030
E-mail: H0743@accor.com
Homepage: www.mercure.com

17.09. – 21.09.
25 room units, incl. breakfast
Single bedroom – 78.99 €
Double bedroom – 114.99 €
available until 23.07.2017

B&B Hotel Duisburg

Zum Portsmouthplatz 20
47051 Duisburg
sat nav: Mercatorstraße 25
Tel.: +49 203 / 759440
E-mail: duisburg@hotelbb.com
Homepage: www.hotelbb.de

17.09. – 21.09.
30 room units, incl. breakfast
Single bedroom – 72.50 €
Double bedroom – 81.00 €
available until 20.08.2017

completely non-smoking hotel;
bill needs to be fully paid up front at Check-In

Hotel IBIS Duisburg Hauptbahnhof

Mercatorstraße 15
47051 Duisburg
Tel.: +49 203 / 300050
E-mail: H0846@accor.com
Homepage: www.ibis.com

17.09. – 21.09.
30 room units, incl. breakfast
Single bedroom – 77.34 €
Double bedroom – 88.34 €
available until 20.08.2017


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