Welcome to the research group of Wolfgang Kleist
Our research focuses on the development of new materials for applications in hetereogeneous catalysis. Our research group started at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP, mentor: Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt) and the Institute of Catalysis Research and technology (IKFT) in July 2010. Our independent research aims at the development and utilization of novel heterogeneous catalysts based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are mainly tested in liquid phase target reactions (e.g. selctive oxidation, CC- or CX-coupling reactions). Additionally, in joint projects with Prof. Grunwaldt new strategies are developed for the synthesis of supported transition metal catalysts, which are applied in upgrading of biomass platform molecules. Furthermore, reactions in dense or supercritical carbon dioxide (both as solvent and substrate) are investigated, also in collaboration with Prof. Grunwaldt.