Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft  

Inorganic Chemistry – Nanostructures Group

   Search:          AC   CP   MP   PC   TH   MPG   
Nanostructures Group:
Elias Frei
Group Members
Open Positions
Materials for Energy
Research area

The work of the nanostructure group aims at understanding and controlling the preparation of catalytically active nanostructures for energy applications such as chemical energy storage. We want to comprehensively study the materials properties and their relation to catalytic performance. We develop novel synthesis methods and also work on knowledge-based optimization of established preparation routes for high performance catalysts.
Therefore, comprehensive (in situ) characterization not only of the final active catalyst under working conditions, but also of the precursors and intermediates during preparation is required. We work at the crossroad of solid state chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis and use a variety of preparative and complementary analytical methods to control and identify structural and microstructural properties, which are indicative of a high catalytic activity (structure-function relationships).
Our current research projects are focused on conversion of CO2 to chemicals and fuels (CO2 recycling), on (de-)hydrogenation of liquid organic hydrogen carrier molecules (LOHCs), and on novel electro- and photocatalysts for the water splitting reaction.
For further information about our work please visit:

The Nanostructure team wishes Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens ›› only the best and much success at the University Duisburg-Essen!
   Impressum • © FHI - AC
   Webmaster: Olaf Trunschke
Address: Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin, Germany    
Abteilung Anorganische Chemie - Direktor Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl    
Tel: +49 30 8413 4404, Fax: +49 30 8413 4401, E-Mail: