Research Group Grunwaldt

Research Group Grunwaldt

Welcome to the Chair in Chemical Technology and Catalysis!

The group's research areas range from preparation, testing to in-depth characterization of catalysts. Applications embrace exhaust gas catalysis, fine chemistry using innovative solvents and the use of renewable resources. Rational design using especially in situ characterization and high-output testing will be combined. Our exhaust gas catalysis activities are part of the exhaust gas centre Karlsruhe.



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The new semester start on April 20, 2020 with courses - this time in a digital way.

Do not forget to register early enough in ILIAS, look though the courses of our institute (Link) or write us an Email.





Daria Gashnikova has received a scholarship for her PhD work. Congratulations!

Summer Semester 2020

The courses during summer semester were successfully performed online. Also in the upcomming semester some courses are expected to run online.

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Cover Article in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

Showcasing research from Professor Grunwaldt and colleagues at the ITCP, IKFT and IMVT at KIT:

Bridging the gap between industry and synchrotron: an operando study at 30 bar over 300 h during Fischer–Tropsch synthesis.

We design new infrastructure for operando high-pressure synchrotron experiments. High structural stability of a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst was found during a long-term study under industrial conditions while producing synthetic fuels.

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New KIT Young Investigator Group

Dr. Thomas Sheppard from ITCP was officially recognised as leader of a new KIT Young Investigator GroupX-ray Microscopy in Catalysis (2020-2022).

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Cover Article in Journal of Synchrotron Radiation

On the cover of Journal of Synchrotron Radiation - scientists from DESY (Hamburg) and ITCP-KIT demonstrate a deep learning algorithm for X-ray tomography reconstruction, which is particularly useful for in situ and operando sample environments.

Xiaogang Yang, Maik Kahnt, Dennis Brückner, Andreas Schropp, Yakub Fam, Johannes Becher, Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, Thomas L. Sheppard, Christian G. Schroer, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation 2020.

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SPP2080 Kick-Off-Meeting

The Kick-Off-Meeting of the DFG priority program SPP2080 "Catlysts and reactors under dynamic conditions for energy storage and conversion" was held at KIT. Here you can find KIT's official press information.

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Highlighted publication on X-ray tomography

A recent publication on X-ray nanotomography of a model catalyst material was announced as a research highlight by the ‘Paul Scherrer Institut’ (Switzerland), where the work was carried out. For further info check out the link.

Y. Fam, T. L. Sheppard, A. Diaz, T. Scherer, M. Holler, W. Wang, D. Wang, P. Brenner, A. Wittstock, J.-D. Grunwaldt, ChemCatChem 2018, 10, 2858 –2867

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Noble metal catalysts for the synthesis of bio-monomers

Novel gold- and silver-based catalysts have been used for the synthesis of potential monomers for sustainable plastics via oxidation of 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural, an important platform molecule produced from biomass. The catalysts showed distinct selectivities in the oxidation of different functional groups, which made the targeted synthesis of interesting monomers possible.

O. R. Schade, K. F. Kalz, D. Neukum, W. Kleist, J.-D. Grunwaldt, Green Chem., 2018, DOI: 10.1039/C8GC01340C

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Palladium catalyst for hydrogen peroxide synthesis

Research work from ITCP, IKFT, and IMVT was highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News. By looking at a palladium catalyst while it converts hydrogen and oxygen to hydrogen peroxide, researchers have uncovered that α-palladium hydride nanoparticles were responsible for the selective hydrogenation of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide. “This is a very interesting study as it probes the nature of a palladium catalyst under operating conditions and clearly shows the potential role of various palladium hydrides in this challenging reaction,” says Graham J. Hutchings from Cardiff University.

Selinsek, M.; Deschner, B. J.; Doronkin, D. E.; Sheppard, T. L.; Grunwaldt, J.-D.; Dittmeyer, R. ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 2546-2557

Appointments and Awards

PD Dr. Wolfgang Kleist has been appointed Professor for Technical Chemistry at the Ruhr University Bochum. Congratulations!

Johannes Bitzer, Deniz Zengel and Florian Maurer have received scholarships for their PhD works. Congratulations!

6 years at KIT now

The AK Grunwaldt has started on February 1, 2010, in Karlsruhe!

Autumn 2015: The optics of "CAT-ACT" at ANKA is successully taken into operation. At the same time the first in situ XAS spectra are collected at the PETRA III extension in Hamburg on catalysts!

March 2014: Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt is member of the "Kommission der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Katalyse (GeCatS)" and elected for the "Kommittee für Synchrotronstrahlung" in Germany.

Februar 2014: Dr. Ying Zhou is granted a "Humboldt-Stipendium".

December 2013: The Wiggler for CAT-ACT at ANKA arrives. FMB-Oxford presents the beamline design for CAT-ACT and green light is given for the optical design.

June 2013: The BMBF supports the proposals "ZeitKatMat" (Collaboration with Prof. Ronald Frahm and Prof. Andreas Jentys) and "Nanoskop" (Collaboration with Prof. C.G. Schroer, TU Dresden) for exploiting the newest experimental methods at the synchrotron in catalysis.




Open PhD and Postdoc-Positions

Do not hesitate to write us if you are interested in catalysis, biomass conversion, spectroscopy, or solid state chemistry.