Welcome to the research group of Wolfgang Kleist
Our research focuses on the development of new materials for applications in hetereogeneous catalysis. The group has moved to the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Ruhr-University Bochum in July 2017 (previously: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) and Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)). Our research strategies aim 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. selective oxidation or CC and CX coupling reactions). In a complementary approach, new strategies are developed for the synthesis of supported transition metal catalysts, which are applied in energy-related applications, such as power-to-X or the 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.