This Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio aims at getting a better understanding of oxidation catalysis and raising the expertise pertaining thereto to the level of metal catalysis.
A catalyst is a substance that accelerates a chemical reaction without being consumed in the process. Members of Collaborative Research Centre/Transregio 247 intend to accumulate fundamental knowledge about catalysis, as the understanding of catalytic processes often does not keep pace with the practical application of catalysts.
A glimpse at chemical industry reveals how enormous the research demand in this field truly is: it is on the one hand dominated by thermal high-temperature processes with severe selectivity issues; on the other hand, oxygen redox chemistry is a significant bottleneck when it comes to chemical energy storage during the energy transition period. Photocatalytic water splitting with visible light, where water has to be oxidised into oxygen, still remains an unfulfilled dream for researchers. Accordingly, rather than focusing on oxidation reactions in individual areas, they conduct a comparative study to analyse processes under mild reaction conditions for thermal liquid phase catalysis, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis.
Host university is the University of Duisburg-Essen, co-applicant and deputy speaker is Professor Martin Muhler from the RUB Chair of Industrial Chemistry. The research network has been funded since July 2018.