Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens

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Inorganic Chemistry
Faculty of Chemistry
University of Duisburg-Essen

Project Area AA1: Thermal Catalysis: Activity and Selectivity Patterns of Transition Metal Oxides in Different Oxidation Reactions

Project A1 focusses on thermal catalysis in the liquid phase under mild conditions using the mixed iron-cobalt spinel and perovskite catalysts synthesized in Area C with well-defined real structure.

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Project Area CC1: Synthesis of Transition Metal Oxides with Controlled Mesostructure

Project C1 develops scalable and reproducible synthesis methods based on aqueous chemistry and hard templating for transition metal oxide powders of the spinel- and perovskite-types with controllable physical and chemical properties.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Publications

  1. M. Behrens, I. Kasatkin, S. Kühl, G. Weinberg, Phase-pure Cu,Zn,Al Hydrotalcite-like Materials as Precursors for Copper rich Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 Catalysts, Chemistry of Materials 22, 386‑397 (2010).
  2. M. Behrens, S. Zander, P. Kurr, N. Jacobsen, J. Senker, G. Koch, T. Ressler, R. W. Fischer, R. Schlögl, Performance Improvement of Nano-Catalysts by Promoter-Induced Defects in the Support Material: Methanol Synthesis over Cu/ZnO:Al, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 6061-6068 (2013).
  3. T. Kandemir, F. Girgsdies, T. C. Hansen, K.-D. Liss, I. Kasatkin, E. L. Kunkes, G. Wowsnick, N. Jacobsen, R. Schlögl, M. Behrens, In-situ study of catalytic processes: Neutron diffraction of a methanol synthesis catalyst at industrially relevant pressure, Angew. Chem. Int. Edit.52, 5166-5170 (2013).
  4. S. Zander, E.L. Kunkes, M.E. Schuster, J. Schumann, G. Weinberg, D. Teschner, N. Jacobsen,R. Schlögl, M. Behrens, The role of the oxide component in the development of copper composite catalysts for methanol synthesis, Angew. Chem. Int.Edit. 52, 6536-6540 (2013).
  5. A. Ota, J. Kröhnert, G. Weinberg, I. Kasatkin, E.L. Kunkes, D. Ferri, F. Girgsdies, N. Hamilton, M. Armbrüster, R. Schlögl, M. Behrens, Dynamic surface processes of nanostructured Pd2Ga catalysts derived from hydrotalcite-like precursors, ACS Catal. 4, 2048-2059 (2014).
  6. M. Behrens, Coprecipitation: An excellent tool for the synthesis of supported metal catalysts - From the understanding of the well-known recipes to new materials, Catal. Today 246, 46-54 (2015).
  7. E.L. Kunkes, F. Studt, F. Abild-Pedersen, R. Schlögl, M. Behrens, Hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol and CO on Cu/ZnO/Al2O3: Is there a common intermediate or not?, J. Catal. 328, 43-48 (2015).
  8. K. Mette, S. Kühl, A. Tarasov, M.G. Willinger, J. Kröhnert, S. Wrabetz, A. Trunschke, M Scherzer, F. Girgsdies, H. Düdder, K. Kähler, K. Friedel Ortega, M. Muhler, R. Schlögl, M. Behrens, T. Lunkenbein, High-Temperature Stable Ni Nanoparticles for the Dry Reforming of Methane, ACS Catalysis 6, 7239-7248 (2016).
  9. K. Chakrapani, G. Bendt, H. Hajiyani, I. Schwarzrock, T. Lunkenbein, S. Salamon, J. Landers, H. Wende, R. Schlögl, R. Pentcheva, M. Behrens, S. Schulz, Role of Composition and Size of Cobalt Ferrite Nanocrystals in the Oxygen Evolution Reaction, ChemCatChem 9, 2988-2995 (2017).
  10. K. Friedel Ortega, S. Anke, S. Salamon, F. Özcan, J. Heese, C. Andronescu, J. Landers, H. Wende, W. Schuhmann, M. Muhler, T. Lunkenbein, M. Behrens, Topotactic Synthesis of Porous Cobalt Ferrite Platelets from a Layered Double Hydroxide Precursor and their Application in Oxidation Catalysis, Chem. Eur. J. 23, 12443-12449 (2017).