Shigeyoshi Inoue receives the DFG Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize

Shigeyoshi Inoue is one of four researchers who receive the Eugen and Ilse Seibold Prize 2020 for his contributions to both academic and cultural exchange between Germany and Japan.

For more information see the official DFG presse release and Prof. Inoue's webpage.

Roland A. Fischer receives funding from the Reinhart-Koselleck program of the DFG

Roland A. Fischer has been awarded with funding by the prestigeous Reinhart-Koselleck program of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The project "Living Libraries of Intermetallic Superatoms - LIBRIS" aims at the synthesis of catalytically active intermetallic clusters in the sub-nanometer range, with special regards to control over formation growth and composition of such clusters.

For more information, see:

"Superatoms as Catalysts" - the official TUM press release

Information on the Reinhart-Koselleck program of the DFG

Webpage of the Fischer group and twitter account

Thorsten Bach recieves the DFG Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Award 2020

The German Research Foundation (DFG) recognizes his groud-breaking research on organic photochemistry with particular emphasis on light-induced enantioselective catalysis.

For more information, see the links:

The official DFG press release

The webpage of the TUM Department of Chemistry

The Bach webpage and twitter account

Directed synthesis of a complex metal oxide with high activity

Design of highly active Mo-V-Te-Nb oxide catalyst for ODH is made possible by understanding the formation of active surfaces

MoVTeNb oxide catalysts are used for ethylene production via ethane oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH). Maricruz Sanchez-Sanchez and Johannes A. Lercher at the CRC work on the optimization of this type of materials for an industrial application, in collaboration with Clariant AG in the frame of the MuniCat alliance.

In situ electron microscopy studies at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in collaboration with Nigel Browning and Yuanyuan Zhu have yielded the atomic description of the active surface of a metal oxide catalyst and its dynamic response under reaction conditions. These studies, combined with reaction kinetics measured at the CRC, provided a direct relationship between the atomic configuration of the surface of an oxide and its catalytic activity. This level of understanding has enabled the researchers to design a new synthetic approach that proved successful in generating highly active metal oxides. This work has been published in September 2019 in Nature Communications.

Collaborative CRC work on ultrasmall Pt clusters for the ORR

Ultrasmall Pt clusters derived from Pt@MOF materials for the oxygen reduction

The electrocatalytic oxygen reduction (ORR) using a platinum catalyst is considered as the key to many energy applications, such as fuel cell technologies. In a joint effort the teams of Aliaksandr Bandarenka, Roland A. Fischer and Sebastian Günther from the CRC, Alessio Gagliardi from the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Jan Macák from the CEITEC in Brno (Czech Republic) have achieved a breakthrough in preparing ultrasmall Pt clusters with optimal size for the efficient electrocatalytic ORR in proton-exchange-membrane fuel cells by combining theory and experiment. The results were published online on June 5, 2019 in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

By utilizing a simple computational model, the mass activity of Pt clusters for ORR was predicted. The forecasted activities were affirmed with the experimental results for 1.1 nm sized Pt clusters, which were obtained by decomposition of Pt clusters embedded in the zeolitic imidazolate framework ZIF-8. The obteined Pt clusters exhibit a mass activity of 0.87 A mgPt-1 , which is one of the highest mass activities reported to date.