A Ru-catalysis based rechargeable H2-battery

Published on October 27, 2014

A Ru-catalyst drives a mobile device for the reversible H2-storage and release. Carbon dioxide and diazabicycloundecene (DBU) are the stoichiometric storage media. The formic acid which is formed within the charging process is a non-toxic and stable liquid that can be stored in bottles or tanks without special precautions.

Plietker Group | Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Bernd Plietker studied chemistry at the Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, and moved during his Ph.D. to the Technische Universität Dresden. After his Ph.D., in which he worked in the field of total synthesis, he joined Jan-Erling Bäckvall´s group at Stockholm University, Sweden, and lateron Barry M. Trost´s group at Stanford University, USA, working in the field of Pd-catalysis. In the end of 2001 he started his independent research career (habilitation), which was funded by a Liebig-fellowship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie and an Emmy-Noether-fellowship of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, at Universität Dortmund, Germany. In 2005 he obtained the tenure and shortly after accepted his current position as a professor (W3) for Organic chemistry at Universität Stuttgart, Germany. His research interests are in the field of total synthesis and catalysis.

Shih-Fan Hsu works as a DAAD fellow in the Plietker group in the field of oxidations and reductions using novel (PNNP)Ru-catalysts.


Shih-Fan, H., Rommel, S.; Eversfield, P.; Muller, K.; Klemm, E.; Thiel, W.R.; Plietker, B.; “A Rechargeable Hydrogen Battery Based on Ru Catalysis” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7074–7078, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201310972.

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