Max Planck Society

and Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion

Future sustainable energy systems need besides renewable electricity also chemical energy carriers for multiple applications. In this regard, the researchers of the Max Planck Society at the Fritz-Haber-Institute, Berlin and the Institute of Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim, investigate an array of heterogeneous catalysts and reactions including polycrystalline oxides, metal-free nanostructures, and supported metal nanoparticles in C-H activation and chemical reduction reactions to store renewable primary electricity in molecular species. We concentrate on understanding the functional bottlenecks in electrochemical water splitting and use renewable “green” hydrogen to reduce CO2 and N2 to methanol and ammonia as platform molecules. This work demands robust fundamental understanding of the dynamic catalyst structure under fluctuating operation conditions studied by simultaneous structural and functional analysis using advanced operando techniques.

Prof. Robert Schlögl

Robert Schlögl studied chemistry and completed his PhD on graphite intercalation compounds at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (1982). After postdoctoral stays at Cambridge and Basle he carried out his habilitation under the supervision of Professor Ertl (Nobel Laureate) at Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin (1989). Later he accepted the call for a Full Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry at Frankfurt University. In 1994 he was appointed his current position as Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. In addition, in 2011 he was appointed Founding Director at the new Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr. He is an Honorary Professor at Technical University Berlin, at Humboldt University Berlin, at University Duisburg-Essen and at Ruhr University Bochum.
Robert Schlögl’s research focuses primarily on the investigation of heterogeneous catalysts, with the aim to combine scientific with technical applicability as well as on the development of nanochemically-optimized materials for energy storage. The application of knowledge-based heterogeneous catalysis for large-scale chemical energy conversion summarizes his current research focus.
He is author of more than 1,000 publications, gave more than 500 invited talks and lectures and is registered inventor of more than 25 patent families.