Department of
Inorganic Chemistry

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Prof. Robert Schlögl
Research Groups:
Catalysis with Oxides
Catalysis on Metals
Electronic Structure
Liquid/vapor Interfaces
Electron Microscopy
Catalysis Laboratory
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Understanding Heterogeneous Catalysis:
The AC department is largely relocated from Dahlem to IRIS-Adlershof.

What is CatLab?
Hydrogen is a key building block for a successful energy transition. The main innovation in CatLab is the use of thin-film technologies from solar technology for the synthesis of customised catalysts. CatLab is anchored in BASIC RESEARCH and in parallel there is a bridge to APPLICATION.

  • Generation of green H2

  • Long-distance transport and storage of H2 by synthetic energy carriers (e.g. NH3, methanol, methane, LOHC)

  • Energy-efficient further conversions into synthetic fuels and basic chemicals

  • Electrical energy supply for catalytic processes

  • Research into the interaction of active catalyst component with the carrier substance

Bundling of competences in the CatLab:
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the two Max Planck Institutes, the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) and the Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC), are pooling their expertise and building the research platform together with the Humboldt University of Berlin and BASF as a technology partner. CatLab is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Snapshot of the practical realization of CatLab. Structure-function correlations of thin film catalysts will be explored using a multi-modal experimental approach, including transmission electron microscopy (green) and X-ray spectroscopy at BESSY II (blue).

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Der neue CatLab-Trailer

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The department AC in the Fritz-Haber-Institute aims to gain a generalized understanding of heterogeneous catalysis as a multi-scale phenomenon. To achieve this goal the department develops and applies in situ methodology and combines the obtained information with kinetic data. The rationale behind this approach is the realization that catalysts are dynamic materials whose active centres are formed or transformed under reaction conditions.
The AC department contributes wilth all of its scientific groups towards the understanding of heterogeneous catalysts defined as the prediction of the macroscopically observable performance of a kinetically demanding reaction over a given catalyst system and under given reaction conditions.

The IRIS-Building in Adlershof

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Energie. Wende. Jetzt ... ››
Eckpunkte für eine zukünftige Energieversorgung
von Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl

The AC Department team

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2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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Challenges on the Renewable
Energy Storage ... ››

29.06. – 02.07.2021 Zámek Liblice, Czech Republic
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Das Anthropozän und die Geschichte des Wissens
von Prof. Dr. Jürgen Renn

Das Infoportal für Erneuerbare Energien
und Klima ... ››
Teaching activities:

Leistungskurs Chemie zu Besuch
am FHI ... ››

Field day to the FHI ... ››

Early insight
into the world of science  ... ››
Conversation with Prof. Robert Schlögl:


Department of Heterogeneous Reactions ... ››
Director: Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl
Chemistry meets Art:

Sabine C. Wrabetz stellt am MPI CPfS in Dresden ihre
neuen Kunstwerke vor ... ››

Einen Überblick bietet der Katalog zur Ausstellung ... ››
SpecsEx: Wissenschaft als Show

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Address: Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG, c/o IRIS Adlershof, Zum Großen Windkanal 2, 12489 Berlin, Germany    
Abteilung Anorganische Chemie - Direktor Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl    
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