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03.11.20217th RUHR-Symposium: Functional Materials for Catalysis

Functional materials for catalysis are focused on the 7th RUHR Symposium that takes place in Duisburg (Fraunhofer-inHaus). In tandem talks, experts from industrial and academic partnerships will discuss concepts, synergies and scientific results.

More information are available here

27./28.09.2021Annual CRC/TRR 247 meeting

Venue: tba

12.-16.07.2021UnOCat Summer School

The first Summer School, which was supposed to take place in July 2020, has to be postponed to July 2021 because of Covid-19. The Summer School will take place in the nature park Panarbora in Waldbröl

Further information is available here.

Summer Semester 2021Joint CataLysis Online Colloquium Series

Our Joint CataLysis Online Colloquium Series will start with the lecture of Prof. Yang Shao-Horn, MIT, on 29th of June.
Further information is available here. More information about the CataLysis network is available here.

If you're interested in participating, please send a mail to F. Günther to get the login information.



29.04.2021UnOCat "Electron Microscopy Workshop"

Our UnOCat Electron Microscopy Workshop will take place online.
The lecturers are: 

  • Dr. Thomas Götsch, FHI
  • Dr. Franz Schmidt, FHI
  • Dr. Thomas Lunkenbein, FHI

20.04.2021CRC/TRR 247 Retreat II

The follow-up meeting of the PIs and Postdocs will also take place online.


Publication AlertStable and Catalytically Active Pigment

It is one of the softest white pigments used by the industry. However, zinc sulfide turns gray over time if it is not appropriately pretreated. Members of the CRC/TRR 247 discovered a way to retain its brilliant color and also enable its use as a catalyst; for example, to convert sunlight into usable energy. The scientific journal "Advanced Functional Materials" covers the topic in its latest issue.

Original publication:
Lange, T., Reichenberger, S., Rohe, M., Bartsch, M., Kampermann, L., Klein, J., Strunk, J., Bacher, G., Schlögl, R., Barcikowski, S: Alumina-Protected, Durable and Photostable Zinc Sulfide Particles from Scalable Atomic Layer Deposition. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2021, 2009323. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202009323.

> more about: Press release CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, 24.03.2021

22./23.03.20212. PhD Retreat

The second UnOCat retreat will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the second day of the retreat, there will be a workshop on "Good Scientific Practice".

Publication alertPredicting the Performance of Catalysts

Green electricity should be available as soon as possible, at best from all power outlets: electrochemical processes are the basis for a sustainable energy, but they need new, high-performance catalyst materials. Theoretical calculations help to avoid dead ends and to focus on the most promising candidates. Dr. Kai Exner, associated member of the CRC/TRR 247, has decisively improved this performance prediction and has now received an award for his achievements. He published his work in the trade journal Electrochimica Acta.

Original publication:
Exner, K.S.: Why approximating electrocatalytic activity by a single free-energy change is insufficient. Electrochim. Acta 2021, 375, 137975. DOI: 10.1016/j.electacta.2021.137975.

> more about: Press release CENIDE, University of Duisburg-Essen, 11.03.2021

24.02.2021UnOCat Lecture Series "Photocatalysis"

Our UnOCat Lecture Series on "Electrocatalysis" will take place online.
The lecturers are: 

  • Prof. Martin Muhler, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Prof. Lilac Amirav, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
  • Prof. Gerd Bacher, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Prof. Guido Mul, University of Twente

If you're interested in participating, please send a mail to F. Günther to get the login information.

Publication alertDiscovery of New Solid Catalysts for Water Electrolysis

PD Dr. Harun Tüysüz (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung) and colleagues have discovered a new type of OER electrocatalyst. A variety of Co2YZ type Heusler compounds with tunable physicochemical properties and well-defined topological surfaces were designed and demonstrated to effectively split water into oxygen and hydrogen.
This work demonstrates proof of concept implementation of Heusler compounds as a new class of OER electrocatalysts, and the effect of orbital occupation on their catalytic performances. The results of this study were published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition as “Hot Paper”.

Original publication:
Yu, M., Li, G., Fu, C., Liu, E., Manna, K., Budiyanto, E., Yang, Q., Felser, C., Tüysüz, H.: Tunable eg Orbital Occupancy in Heusler Compounds for Oxygen Evolution Reaction, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, 60, 1 – 7. DOI: 10.1002/anie.202013610.

> more about: Press release Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, 22.02.2021
> more about: Press release Chemistry Views, 22.02.2021

10./11.02.2021CRC/TRR 247 Retreat I

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our retreat will take place online.
Participants are all PIs and Postdocs.