Beneficiary 4

Leibniz Institute for Catalysis Rostock (LIKAT)
Applied Homogeneous Catalysis

The Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) is located in Rostock (Germany). It is the largest publicly funded research institute in Europe in the area of applied catalysis. Its areas of expertise are arranged both according to the various methods employed and according to the materials being studied. The following points of emphasis in the program define the institute's research activity: Applied sustainable processes of catalysis, innovative methods and technologies for catalysis, molecularly-defined catalysts – special (metal)organic syntheses and catalysis. The current LIKAT staff consists of 300 employees. In the department of Matthias Beller various aspects in the field of applied homogeneous catalysis are investigated. In this department the group “Catalysis for Energy” of Henrik Junge is dealing with problems around the hydrogen generation, the storage and application of hydrogen in fuel cells. One major topic is the hydrogen generation from renewable resources. Highly efficient catalysts for the hydrogen generation from alcohols or formic acid were developed which work also at low temperatures. In the focus of the broad scientific activities are especially transition metal-catalysts. Fundamental strategic aims of the research are the development of new, environmentally benign catalysts and synthetic protocols as well as their application in industry. The transfer of results from model studies and mechanistic investigations to concrete chemical products or processes is a particularly important aspect here.

NoNoMeCat Projects

Principal Investigators: Dr. Henrik Junge and Prof. Matthias Beller

Project 1: Base metal-catalysed hydrogenation and dehydrogenation of liquid hydrogen carriers
Appointed ESR: Wei Zhou

Project 2: Direct photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to solar fuels
Appointed ESR: Christoph Steinlechner