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

The Abstract Submission Deadline is EXTENDED!!!
Please see the Abstract submission page for more details.

A change in the way we meet our energy needs is necessary immediately. This requires new perspectives of how we can generate and store energy in sustainable and environmentally friendly ways while remaining economically feasible. The concept of chemical energy conversion presents a way of facing these challenges. This requires the development of efficient catalytic methods, which will only come about from a profound understanding of the underlying processes necessary for the accomplishing such reactions.

Faced with growing concerns over global climate change, interdisciplinary coalitions of experts and stakeholders have come together from both academia and industry to pursue solutions to what is now the greatest threat to humankind. With almost unanimous consensus, it has been agreed that the large-scale consumption of fossil fuels, which has provided the backbone of economy from the industrial revolution to present globalization, has detrimentally impacted earth's climate through the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. To alleviate and one day eradicate our dependence on these fuel sources, engineers and scientists are working tirelessly in the quest for sustainable and renewable energy solutions. To this end the concept of chemical energy conversion, in which the useful conversion and storage of energy is accomplished through reversible reactions and transformations of highly abundant molecules, has received a great deal of attention. While some processes exist to accomplish such reactions, we are still in dire need of new methods capable of significantly greater efficiency in terms of both required resources and energy output. To do so, it is of fundamental importance that we guide our research in unison.

The focus of the CSCEC is to bridge three complimenting approaches to understanding catalysis in chemical energy conversion:

  • THEORY in catalysis (e.g. first principles studies, reaction mechanisms)
  • SYNTHESIS & CHARACTERIZATION (e.g. catalyst preparation methods, physicochemical methods, spectroscopy, etc...)
  • APPLICATION (e.g. syngas conversion, electrochemical water splitting, photocatalytic CO2 Activation, etc...)

The CSCEC is the first annual conference 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, Germany. The conference is oriented towards graduate students, post-doctoral scientists, and senior researchers 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
  • Engaging in stimulating discussion with peers and leading scientist and researchers in the field
  • Networking with fellow researchers to form productive scientific collaborations


The four-day symposium will combine keynote lectures, talks on special interest topics, daily poster sessions, and select excursions in the Duisburg area. All lectures and presentations will be held in English.

Keynote Speakers

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

Invited Speaker - Upcoming scientist

Saskia Heumann (MPI CEC)


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

For further questions, contact the organizing committee at cscec.2017@cec.mpg.de

Abstract submission and registration are open.


The abstract submission deadline is EXTENDED till Friday August 11th/2017 at 11:59pm (CEST). Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to all submitting authors by mid-August 2017.

Please Note:

  • Scientific talk - 20 min presentation + 10 min discussion (In special circumstances and the availability of slots, the presentation time could be extended)
  • Poster format – A0 (84.1 cm x 119 cm, portrait or landscape)
Title *
Presenting author *
Affiliation of presenting author *
Other authors *
Affiliations *
E-Mail of presenting author *
Type of preferred presentation *
Keywords *
(Restricted to 80 characters)
Abstract body *
(Restricted to 2500 characters)
* required information

The online registration is mandatory for all participants including presenting authors, co-authors, invited speakers and so on.

Please note that the registration will close on August 27th/2017 at 6:00pm (CEST). If you register after the maximal number of participants is reached, your name will be put on a waiting list and you will be notified.


Student rate
  • Early registration fee (before August 27th): 50€
  • Late registration fee (after August 27th): 70€
Full rate
  • Early registration fee (before August 27th): 70€
  • Late registration fee (after August 27th): 90€

Please take into consideration, that it can take up to two weeks until the money is visible on our bank account. So if you pay your fees close to the deadline, please send a receipt of your payment, in order to guarantee your place.

Once you have submitted your data, you will receive a confirmation Email, which contains further relevant information:

  1. The details for the money transfer of the registration fee
  2. A password in order to access the contingent of rooms for one of the hotels, which are recommended on the page “Accommodation”
  3. Further details on the symposium location and contact data

In the following we kindly ask you to provide us some personal data. Of course your data will be treated confidentially and will only be used for purposes of the symposium, for example, to address further information concerning the time schedule or other organizational details.

Gender * / Title *
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Package *
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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.

CSCEC Program – Updated on 12.07.2017

14:00 - 16:40 Registration / Poster hang-up
16:40 - 17:00 Welcome
17:00 - 18:30 Keynote lecture Prof. Ferdi Schüth (MPI KOFO)
18:30 - 19:30 Opening dinner
19:30 - 20:30 Invited lecture Dr. Saskia Heumann (MPI CEC)
09:00 - 10:30 Keynote lecture Prof. Felix Studt (KIT)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 11:30 Talk 1: Stefanie Hoffmann (UDE)
Activity correlation of manganese oxides for different catalytic reactions
11:30 - 12:00 Talk 2: Dr. Yuxiao Ding (MPI CEC)
From biomass to hydrogen: carbon as sacrificial electrode for water splitting
12:00 - 12:30 Group picture
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Discussion
14:00 - 15:30 Keynote lecture Prof. Martin Muhler (RUB)
The synthesis of higher alcohols from syngas over Co-modified Cu catalysts
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee
16:00 - 16:30 Talk 3: Martin Dilla (MPI CEC)
Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction under Continuous Flow High-Purity Conditions: Influence of Light Intensity and H2O Concentration
16:30 - 17:00 Talk 4: Dr. Klaus Friedel (UDE)
Ammonia decomposition and synthesis over multinary magnesioferrites: promotional effect of Ga on Fe catalysts for the decomposition reaction
17:00 - 17:30 Talk 5: Danea Medina (RUB)
Co-Fe Mixed Oxides/N-doped Carbon Composite as Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries
17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
18:30 - 20:30 Poster Session A
09:00 - 10:30 Keynote lecture Prof. Malte Behrens (UDE)
Mixed First Row Transition Metal Oxides as Anode Electrocatalysts in Water Electrolysis
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 11:30 Talk 6: Dr. Tanja Rodenas (MPI CEC)
Nanocomposites of 2D nanomaterials as electrode precursors for the Oxygen Evolution Reaction
11:30 - 12:00 Talk 7: Songhak Yoon (UoS)
Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction by Cr-substituted Ba2In2O5·(H2O)δ
12:00 - 12:30 Talk 8: Andrea Hüttner (UDE)
McGuinnessite based precursors for Methanol Synthesis: Effect of Zn Addition to Cu/MgO
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Discussion
14:00 - 17:30 Excursion
17:30 - 20:30 BBQ dinner & Poster Display
09:00 - 10:30 Keynote lecture Prof. Pierre Millet (ICMMO)
Electrocatalysis for polymer electrolyte H2/O2 batteries and applications
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 11:30 Talk 9: Dr. Ulf-Peter Apfel (RUB)
Influence of the Fe : Ni Ratio on the Efficiency of (FexNi1-x)9S8 Electrocatalysts Applied in the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction
11:30 - 12:00 Talk 10: Sebastian Watzele (TUM)
Quick Determination of Electroactive Surface Area of Some Oxide Electrode
12:00 - 12:30 Talk 11: Dr. Lisong Xiao (UDE)
Nanocomposites derived from Gas-Phase-Synthesized Nanoparticles for Secondary Batteries
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Discussion
14:00 - 15:30 Keynote lecture Prof. Marc Koper (LIC - Netherlands)
Multiple proton-coupled electron transfer for electrochemical generation of fuels
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee
16:00 - 16:30 Talk 12: Dr. Batyr Garlyyev (TUM)
Engineering of Highly Active Silver Nanoplates for Oxygen Electroreduction via Simultaneous Control over their Shape and Size
16:30 - 17:00 Talk 13: Dr. Ioannis Spanos (MPI CEC)
Transient investigations on OER catalysts by means of a combined ICP-OES/electrochemical flow cell.
17:00 - 17:30 Talk 14: Simon Geiger (MPIE)
The Stability-number as new metric for electrocatalyst stability benchmarking – a case study of iridium-based oxides towards acidic water splitting
17:30 - 18:30 Dinner
18:30 - 20:30 Poster session B
09:00 - 09:30 Talk 15: Dr. Shumei Sun (MPI PR)
Structure and dynamics of water at the TiO2/liquid water interface
09:30 - 10:00 Talk 16: Dr. Alexander Auer (MPI CEC)
Electronic structure calculations of Pt nanoparticle - carbon support interactions
10:00 - 10:30 Talk 17: Dr. Erwan Bertin (UDE)
Laser-generated bimetallic Ag-Ni Nanoparticles for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline Fuel Cells
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee
11:00 - 12:30 Keynote lecture Prof. Serena DeBeer (MPI CEC)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Discussion
14:00 - Closing remarks
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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