Nanostructured catalysts for chemical energy storage

Published on March 12, 2014

We investigate copper based catalysts for the methanol synthesis from CO2 and H2. For a detailed understanding of the structure-performance relation we investigate the interplay between synthesis, microstructure of the catalyst and the resulting Cu-ZnO synergy. Observations at the atomic level and the study of catalytic reaction induced modifications of the catalyst provide feedback towards an optimized synthesis protocol.

Schlögl Group | Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (FHI), Berlin

Robert Schlögl obtained his habilitation with Gerhardt Ertl at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (FHI) in Berlin. Since 1994 he is the Director of the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at the FHI. Since 2011 he is also the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim.

Julia Schumann, PhD Student at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the Fritz Haber Institute, is currently working on the optimization of the synthesis of Cu/ZnO catalysts.

Thomas Lunkenbein, Post Doc at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the Fritz Haber Institute, is investigating reaction induced dynamics using electron microscopy techniques.

Marc Georg Willinger, leader of the electron microscopy group at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry of the Fritz Haber Institute.

Behrens, M.; Studt, F.; Kasatkin, I.; Kühl, S.; Hävecker, M.; Abild-Pedersen, F.; Zander, S.; Girgsdies, F.; Kurr, P.; Kniep, B.; Tovar, M.; Fischer, R.W.; Nørskov, J.K.; Schlögl, R., The Active Site of Methanol Synthesis over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 Industrial Catalysts, Science 2012, 336, 893-897 . DOI: 10.1126/science.1219831

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