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Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry
building 11.23
Engesserstr. 20

76131 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 721 608-47989
Fax: +49 721 608-44820 Email: kleistXbv1∂kit edu

Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology
building 725
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

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.



July 2017 - Relocation to Ruhr-University Bochum

WK has accepted a professor position for Industrial Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ruhr-University Bochum. The group will relocate to RUB within the next months.

Job opportunities at Ruhr-University Bochum

We are currently looking for motivated bachelor or master students at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Contact us if you are intersted in interdisciplinary studies on the topics "Design and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts", "Studies on activity and reaction mechanisms of heterogeneous catalysts in fine chemistry" or "Energy-related catalysis"!