Welcome to the Chair in Chemical Technology and Catalysis!

The group’s research areas range from preparation, testing to in-depth characterization of catalysts and electrocatalysts. Applications embrace emission control, chemical energy storage, power-to-X processes, the use of renewable resources, selective oxidation reactions, and fine chemistry using innovative solvents. Rational design using especially in situ & operando characterization and high-output testing are be combined. Our activities for clean air are part of the emission control centre Karlsruhe.

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The new semester starts on April 01, 2024 with the courses and
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You are looking for a doctoral research topic between physical chemistry, materials science, spectroscopy, theory and engineering? Catalysis is a highly interdisciplinary field with many challenges!


Latest News

KHYS Travel Grant

Mariam Schulte will be traveling to Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) for a three and a half month stay abroad. She will learn in situ Diffuse Reflection Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy (DRIFTS) at elevated pressures in the group of Prof. Atsushi Urakawa and thus expand her spectrum of doctoral research. We would like to thank the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) for making this stay possible through their travel grant.

 F. Maurer/AKG
Katalyseforschung auf drei Skalenebenen - Video

Get to know the different departments in our second video! Here, our scientists present their work - from catalysts in the microcosm to hand-sized, applied catalysts.

 F. Maurer/AKG
Auf der Jagd nach dem aktiven Zentrum - Video

How do catalysts work and what do they look like during the reaction? These are the key questions for the development of efficient catalytic processes, the understanding of which is the ultimate goal of TrackAct.

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im Bereich Digitalisierung und Naturwissenschaften


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Deadline: 15.02.24

Abhijeet GaurAbhijeet Gaur
"Probing minute levels of S-O exchange in HDO catalysts" featured in the Scientific Highlights of SOLEIL synchrotron 2022

Recently published study by Abhijeet Gaur et al. "Probing minute levels of S-O exchange at the active sites of MoS2 based HDO catalysts by MES-XAS" has been featured in the SOLEIL's Scientific Highlights. The detailed study was published as “Using Transient XAS to Detect Minute Levels of Reversible S-O Exchange at the Active Sites of MoS2-Based Hydrotreating Catalysts: Effect of Metal Loading, Promotion, Temperature, and Oxygenate Reactant” in ACS Catalysis. The effect of various factors on the stability and activity of the hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) catalysts was examined in detail by carrying out Modulation excitation spectroscopy (MES) coupled time-resolved Quick XAS studies at the ROCK beamline at SOLEIL. The study was part of our collaborative work at KIT with Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Status meeting of CARE-O-SENE

The 2-days status meeting of the CARE-O-SENE consortium took place at the KIT on beginning of June 2023. Together with colleges from HZB, IKTS, SASOL DE, SASOL SA and INERATEC the achievements during the first 10 months of the project were presented and intensively discussed.  The CARE-O-SENE project continues to push boundaries by fostering international collaboration between industry and academia and was overwhelming to see what has been already gain on knowledge and what possibilities to extend the cooperation and networking can be used. Together, we are paving the way towards a cleaner, greener world, and the CARE-O-SENE consortium is honoured to be part of this transformative journey. For the first time our young scientists had the opportunity to present their results in catalyst research. During the meeting the KIT Light Source  and the EnergyLab 2.0 were visited.  

Philipp TreuPhilipp Treu
KHYS Travel Grant

Philipp Treu is back at KIT after a successful stay abroad at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). In the group of Prof. Søren Kegnæs he was able to learn advanced techniques for zeolite synthesis, which will enrich his PhD thesis. We sincerely thank the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists (KHYS) who made this stay possible through their travel grant.

Interim professor and Marie-Curie fellowship

Dr. Thomas Sheppard was appointed as Interim Professor in heterogeneous catalysis at the Institute of Chemical Technology at Leipzig University in February 2023. Moreover, Dr. Bidyut Bikash Sarma joined the Reisner Lab at University of Cambridge with a Marie-Curie fellowship. Congratulations!

 Linda Klag
Concept Article in ChemCatChem

Selective propylene and isobutene oxidation over bismuth molybdate based catalysts are highly complex and dynamic reactions. How do they work? The article describes that a holistic understanding of the catalytic processes can give new insights on multiple time and length scales. For this purpose, we present a toolbox of complementary operando techniques and concepts how to combine preparation, activity and selectivity (also spatially resolved) and advanced spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Moreover, new future trends in terms of e.g. data analysis schemes or reactor modelling approaches are discussed.

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"Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker" in March

After a successful trip 2022, we will be at the "Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker" in Weimar again with 2 talks given by Erisa Saraci and Linda Klag as well as many interesting poster presentations. We are looking forward to inspiring discussions. See you there!

Tiziana CarambiaTiziana Carambia
Nachhaltiges Kerosin: Produktion im industriellen Maßstab beschleunigen

Das Bundesministerium für Bildung- und Forschung (BMBF) fördert das internationale Forschungsprojekt CARE-O-SENE (Catalyst Research for Sustainable Kerosene) mit 30 Millionen Euro. Es soll die Herstellung nachhaltigen Kerosins im industriellen Maßstab verbessern. Hierfür entwickeln die Verbundpartner, darunter das Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), maßgeschneiderte Katalysatoren, um die in der Kraftstoffproduktion etablierte Fischer-Tropsch-Synthese (FTS) für die Nutzung erneuerbarer Energieträger weiterzuentwickeln.


KIT Light Source

CAT-ACT-Messlinie am KIT

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European Young Chemists’ Award

Our PhD Researcher Sebastian Weber won the Gold Medal of the European Young Chemists’ Award at the PhD Level during the EuChemS Chemistry Congress in Lisbon. The prize is awarded every two years by the Società Chimica Italiana (SCI) and the European Chemical Society (EuChemS) to showcase and recognize the excellent research being carried out by young scientists working in the chemical sciences.

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