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Thumbnail of video "Katalyseforschung auf drei Skalenebenen"Christian Wetzel, ZML
Katalyseforschung auf drei Skalenebenen - Video

Get to know the different departments in our second video! Here, our scientists present their work - from catalysts in the microcosm to hand-sized, applied catalysts.

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Thumbnail of video "Auf der Jagd nach dem aktiven Zentrum"Christian Wetzel, ZML
Auf der Jagd nach dem aktiven Zentrum - Video

How do catalysts work and what do they look like during the reaction? These are the key questions for the development of efficient catalytic processes, the understanding of which is the ultimate goal of TrackAct.

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Graphical abstract of publication "Continuous flow synthesis of atom-precise platinum clusters"
New Publication in B02 und C02

Our colleagues from B02 and C02 developed continuous flow synthesis platform enabling large-scale preparation of atom-defined clusters. If you want to know more about the potential of this approach, check out this exciting study!

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Graphical abstract of publication "Surface States Governing the Activity and Selectivity of Pt-Based Ammonia Slip Catalysts for Selective Ammonia Oxidation"
New Publication in B3

Selective oxidation of NH3 to N2 represent the desired reaction pathway for NH3 elimination. Using a combination of complementary spectroscopic techniques in combination with theoretical calculations, our colleagues were able to reveal the correlation between the different Pt states and the reaction selectivity.

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Graphical abstract of publication: "Unlocking the Mysteries of Technical Catalyst Deactivation: A View from Space"
New Publication in C03

Are you interested to unlock the mysteries of technical catalyst deactivation? Do you want to know which methods may help you to get deep insights into deactivation mechanisms? Check out our recent review published in ChemCatChem.

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Graphical abstract of publication: "Composition-Dependent Alloy Nanoparticle Shape Changes under Reaction Conditions: Kinetic and Thermodynamic Effects"
New Publication in A02

To compare the catalytic activity over large complexity and pressure ranges, the determination of the turnover frequency (TOF) is essential. Our colleagues from A2 critically investigated the influence of different experimental parameters on the observed TOF values of UHV-based model systems of different complexity in their newest study. Congratulations!

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Past News
Thumbnail of video "Katalyseforschung auf drei Skalenebenen"Katalyseforschung auf drei Skalenebenen - Video

Get to know the different departments in our second video! Here, our scientists present their work - from catalysts in the microcosm to hand-sized, applied catalysts.

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Thumbnail of video "Auf der Jagd nach dem aktiven Zentrum"Auf der Jagd nach dem aktiven Zentrum - Video

How do catalysts work and what do they look like during the reaction? These are the key questions for the development of efficient catalytic processes, the understanding of which is the ultimate goal of TrackAct.

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From left to right: Dr. Gesa Netzeband (Managing Director of DGMK), TT-Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf (Carl-Zerbe Awardee), Prof. Dr. Dieter Vogt (Head of DGMK Division Petrochemistry)Carl-Zerbe Award for Prof Dr Moritz Wolf

TT-Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf has received the prestigious Carl-Zerbe Award from the German Scientific Society for Sustainable Energy Sources, Mobility and Carbon Cycles e. V. (DGMK). The prize recognizes outstanding scientific work by young scientists in the fields of processing and application of carbon carriers, such as their conversion. The award, endowed with €5,000, was presented at the DGMK/ÖGEW/SCI Conference "C1 Building Blocks for Future Chemistry" on October 12, 2023 in Dresden. Congratulations from the entire CRC!

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Image of multiple people visiting ClariantPhD Autumn School at TUM

The TrackAct Autumn school, titled 'From Model to Application - Trends in Emission Reduction,' held at TUM, proved to be an enriching week for the PhDs specializing in emission control. It featured a series of captivating scientific lectures that seamlessly transitioned from the fundamental aspects of catalysts to their practical applications.

Exploring the atomic scale dynamics to in situ characterization of complex model and technical catalysts; discussing catalysts as enablers of sustainability to making them sustainable, and finally, the critical factors on transcending the fundamental knowledge to industrial applications. Adding to this, an industry visit to 'Clariant' and informative lectures on industry-focused research served as the cherry on top, effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice, and strengthening our dedication to our respective fields of study.

Another key focus of the school was the inclusion of a few career-oriented minutes by all the scientific lecturers. These discussions provided invaluable insights into the array of career possibilities available to PhD graduates, offering valuable guidance and support for our future endeavors.

Group photo of status meeting participants at DESYTrackAct Status Meeting at DESY

Thanks to DESY and in particular Andreas Stierle and Christian Schroer and their groups for hosting our TrackAct status meeting! Together with our groups from KIT and TUM, we had 3 days full of fascinating talks/discussions! Many thanks also to our guest speakers R. Horn (TUHH), M. Behrens (CAU), and U. Hejral (FHI) for inspiring talks!

Photo of PhDs Shweta Sharma and Rinu Chacko holding their awardsYounGeCats Poster Workshop

Congratulations to our TrackAct PhDs Shweta Sharma and Rinu Chacko for their not only great, but even award-winning presentations in the YounGeCats poster workshop!

Group photo of 56th german catalysis meeting56th German Catalysis Meeting

We look back to an awesome 56th German Catalysis Meeting with many participants from our CRC.

Profile of Prof. Dr. Moritz WolfWelcome Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf

Gratulations and welcome to Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf and his group to our CRC TrackAct! The proposal “Inductive heating of catalysts and novel reactor designs” by Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf (IKFT, KIT) won the second CRC1441 call "Promotion & association of new junior group research leaders". We are looking forward to many fruitful collaborations and new impulses!

Group picture of the pl retreat participantsPL retreat in Trifels

In a two day retreat of TrackAct end of January, our principal investigators layed the fundament for the 2nd funding phase with many fruitful discussions and creative ideas - supported by a lot of sun.  

Image of Thomas SheppardInterim Professor Thomas Sheppard

Congratulations to Thomas Sheppard! The whole CRC congratulates to Prof. Dr. Thomas Sheppard on his new position as Interim Professor at Institute of Chemical Technology in Leipzig! In his new position, he and his group will continue their exciting work on in situ and operando chemical imaging of catalysts with synchrotron radiation.

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Group picture of the crc annual status meeting participantsTrackAct annual status meeting

Thanks to all project partners for the amazing talks, posters & vivid discussions during our TrackAct annual status meeting at KIT! Also, many thanks to our external speakers R. Braun, A. Beck & E. Hensen for the inspiring talks!

Image of Jun.-Prof. Dr. Schirin Hanf and M. Sc. Fabian RangWelcome Prof. Hanf and M. Sc. Rang to our CRC!

With her proposal “Support engineering for the stabilization of single-atom catalysts”, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Schirin Hanf (IOC, KIT) won the CRC1441 call “Promotion and association of new junior group research leaders”. We are very happy to welcome Prof. Hanf and M.Sc. Fabian Rang to our CRC and look very much forward to new collaborations and insights to single atom catalysts!

Visit of Mercator Fellow Prof. Dr. Alessandra Beretta

We were very happy that Mercator Fellow Prof. Dr. Alessandra Beretta visited our groups at KIT starting from the 11.7.2022! The scientific exchange with the Casapu, Deutschmann, Grunwaldt, Dittmeyer and Behrens group triggered many fruitful discussions, which will continue over the next weeks. We now look forward to Mercator Fellow Prof. Dr. Silvia Gross, who will be at KIT end of July, and also for Mercator Fellow Prof. Dr. Christian D. Damsgaard, who has announced to visit KIT in Autumn 2022

Introduction lecture to the Chemistry Faculty Dr. Thomas Sheppard

On the 11.07.2022 Dr. Thomas Sheppard gave his introduction lecture to the Chemistry Faculty at KIT with the title “New Dimensions in Catalysis and Chemical Technology with X-ray Imaging”

Project A6 Overview. Y.M. EggelerNewly funded project A6

Jun. Prof. Yolita Eggeler is now part of our CRC! The newly funded project A6 started in 07/2022. In this project, analytical in situ environmental scanning electron microscopy will be combined with transmission electron microscopy and thus will expand the scale bridging approach by closing the gap between the nano- and mesoscale TEM. Welcome on board!

Prof. Dr. Silke Behrens GDCh talk

On Thursday, 23.06.2022, Prof. Dr. Silke Behrens gave her inaugural lecture as GDCh talk on the topic: “Nanoparticles in Materials Science: From Model Catalysts to Magnetic Hybrid Materials". Congratulations from the whole CRC!

Prof. Dr. JD Grunwaldt Visits Mercator Fellows

End of June and beginning of July, the speaker of the CRC, Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt, visited University of Padua, Politecnico di Milano as well as Technical University of Denmark and was nicely hosted by all three Mercator fellows of the CRC. Many thanks to Prof. Dr. Silvia Gross, Prof. Dr. Alessandra Beretta and Prof. Dr. Christian D. Damsgaard!

Goup photo CataLysis networking conferenceCataLysis Networking Conference 2022

With over 40 stunning talks, 113 beautiful posters and nearly 250 participants, the CataLysis Networking Conference 2022 was a huge success! We hope that many of the fruitful and vivid discussions will contribute to further exchange between the CRCs/TRRs. Thanks to all participants, chair persons, the microphone helpers, the La Strada Team and also JS Medientechnik for enabling this great event!

Logo of the german female physicists' conference26th German Female Physicists' Conference 2022

The German Conference of Women in Physics (Deutsche Physikerinnentagung), taking place annually since 1997, is supported by the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft DPG) and by its Working Group on Equal Opportunities (AKC). This year's conference will be hosted by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source Annual User Meeting

Invited talk by Dr. Thomas Sheppard during the Brazilian LNLS annual users meeting from November 8th - 9th, 2022.

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July 4th, 2022: Watching catalysts at work using synchrotron light
LINXS Catalysis Workshop in Lund, Sweden

Invited talk by Dr. Thomas Sheppard on June 30th, 2022.

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Explore and push the limits for next-generation catalysts using fundamental understanding

Invited talk by Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt on June 17th, 2022

International CataLysis Networking Conference 2022

The CataLysis Conference 2022 will bring together the communities of the German DFG-funded collaborative research centers (CRCs) or Transregios (TRRs) working within the field of catalysis. Up to 400 participants form the CataLysis CRCs will have the chance to exchange on their latest fascinating research and to discuss interdisciplinary topics like F.A.I.R. research data (together with NFDI4Cat). Furthermore, we will have amazing, selected talks (four per CRC), presented in two parallel sessions, every project will have the chance to present a poster and we will provide a panel for networking for early-career group leaders.

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Catalysis for a clean and sustainable future: Dynamics on different time and complexity scales

Seminar by Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt on March 22nd, 2022.

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Image of the conference hall during the CRC 1441 kickoff meetingCRC 1441 kickoff meeting in Freudenstadt

The CRC 1441 kickoff meeting took place from October 11th to 13th, 2021 in Freudenstadt.

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X-rays reveal single catalyst nanoparticle at work

Press release by ESRF on October 8th, 2021.

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Röntgenanalyse zeigt Verhalten von Katalysatormaterialien unter realen Bedingungen.

Press release by pro-physik.de on October 7th, 2021.

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Unprecedented view of a single catalyst nanoparticle at work

Press release by EurekAlert! on October 1st, 2021.

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Modern Concepts in Catalysis: From Science to Engineering - The South-West-German Catalysis Course
CRC online meeting

The CRC online meeting took place from July 5th to 7th, 2021.

Funding of the consortium "DAPHNE4NFDI" within the framework of the National Research Data Infrastructure announced

Press release by SN on July 2nd, 2021.

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DFG to Fund 20 New Collaborative Research Centres

Press release by DFG on November 27th, 2020.

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Noble Metal Clusters Can Enhance Performance of Catalysts and Save Resources

Press release by KIT on September 22nd, 2020.

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KIT: Edelmetallcluster können Katalysatoren leistungsfähig machen und Ressourcen schonen

Press release by idw on September 22nd, 2020.

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Past Publications
Graphical abstract of publication "Continuous flow synthesis of atom-precise platinum clusters"New Publication in B02 und C02

Our colleagues from B02 and C02 developed continuous flow synthesis platform enabling large-scale preparation of atom-defined clusters. If you want to know more about the potential of this approach, check out this exciting study!

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Graphical abstract of publication "Surface States Governing the Activity and Selectivity of Pt-Based Ammonia Slip Catalysts for Selective Ammonia Oxidation"New Publication in B3

Selective oxidation of NH3 to N2 represent the desired reaction pathway for NH3 elimination. Using a combination of complementary spectroscopic techniques in combination with theoretical calculations, our colleagues were able to reveal the correlation between the different Pt states and the reaction selectivity.

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Graphical abstract of publication: "Unlocking the Mysteries of Technical Catalyst Deactivation: A View from Space"New Publication in C03

Are you interested to unlock the mysteries of technical catalyst deactivation? Do you want to know which methods may help you to get deep insights into deactivation mechanisms? Check out our recent review published in ChemCatChem.

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Graphical abstract of publication: "Composition-Dependent Alloy Nanoparticle Shape Changes under Reaction Conditions: Kinetic and Thermodynamic Effects"New Publication in A02

To compare the catalytic activity over large complexity and pressure ranges, the determination of the turnover frequency (TOF) is essential. Our colleagues from A2 critically investigated the influence of different experimental parameters on the observed TOF values of UHV-based model systems of different complexity in their newest study. Congratulations!

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Image abstract of A First-Principles Approach to Modeling Surface Site Stabilities on Multimetallic CatalystsNew Publication in A05!

Congratulations to P. Plessow and co-workers for their recent study on modeling surface site stabilities on multimetallic catalysts. Learn more on their fascinating appraoch here.

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Image belonging to the publicationNew Publication in B1, B2, B3, C1 and C2

Congratulations to our Projects B1, B2, B3, C1 and C2 for their recent study on "TiO2-CeOx-Pt Hollow Nanosphere Catalyst for Low-Temperature CO Oxidation". New synthesis strategy for hollow nanospheres already lead to active materials and is a promisong concept for future emission control catalysts.

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Graphical abstract of the publicationNew Publication in A2

Congratulations to Project A2 for their recent study on the question: How do Silver-clusters dissociate in gas phase? This complex process was answered in detail using mass spectrometry and complementary theoretical calculations.

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Cover page of fluids vol 8 issue 4Project C1: Fluids Cover Page

Congratulations to C1! The nice review on supercritical fluid reactive deposition was even chosen as exciting cover page.

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Abstract of the Automating the Optimization of Catalytic Reaction Mechanism Parameters Using Basin-Hopping publicationNew Publication in INF, B4 and C5

Congratulations to Chacko et al. on their new study: "Automating the Optimization of Catalytic Reaction Mechanism Parameters Using Basin-Hopping: A Proof of Concept

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Area C Publication Place Holder AbstractNew Publication in C5, C2 and B2

Congratulations to Keller et al. on their new study: "Methane oxidation over PdO: Towards a better understanding of the influence of the support material"

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Place holder abstract of area ATrackAct-related Publication in A2

What are the driving forces causing extended metal surfaces to break up into small clusters under reaction conditions? Xu et al. have used DFT and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to study how adsorbates can lead to a detachment of metal atoms and subsequent formation of small clusters, supported by experimental data by Barbara A.J. Lechner and Miquel Salmeron.

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Image taken from the publicationNew Publication in C1

In their newest review, our colleagues from C1 gave an overview  of experimental and modeling studies work for the supercritical fluid reactive deposition. A correlation of the experimental data with different isotherm models as well as new strategies for future application of the methods are reported.

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Abstract of Design of Single-Atom Catalysts and Tracking Their Fate Using Operando and Advanced X-ray Spectroscopic ToolsNew Publication in B3, B4

Opportunities and limits of Single-Atom Catalysts: How are single atom catalysts across the periodic table behaving under reaction conditions? Which tools can were used to track their structure? Check out the recent review published in Chemical Reviews.

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Abstract of Surface Noble Metal Concentration on Ceria as a Key Descriptor for Efficient Catalytic CO Oxidation publicationNew publication in A3, B1, B2, B3, B4

Congratulations to Florian Maurer et al. to their study published in ACS Catal.: "Surface Noble Metal Concentration on Ceria as a Key Descriptor for Efficient Catalytic CO Oxidation"

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Abstract of Influence of Adhesion on the Chemical Potential of Supported Nanoparticles as Modeled with Spherical Caps publicationNew publication in A5

Congratulations to Philipp N. Plessow and Charles T. Campbell to their study published in ACS Catal.: "Influence of Adhesion on the Chemical Potential of Supported Nanoparticles as Modeled with Spherical Caps"

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Abstract of Detailed Microkinetics for the Oxidation of Exhaust Gas Emissions through Automated Mechanism Generation publicationNew publication in B4, C4, C5

Congratulations to Bjarne Kreitz et al. to their study published in ACS Catal.: "Detailed Microkinetics for the Oxidation of Exhaust Gas Emissions through Automated Mechanism Generation"

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