Leibniz Institute for Catalysis

General description

The Leibniz Institute für Katalyse e.V. (LIKAT) in Rostock is one of the biggest publicly-funded research institutes in Europe in the field of applied catalysis (homo and heterogeneous catalysis).  The Institute is involved in many joint projects with the chemical & pharmaceutical industry. The Institute is link up with the University of Rostock which permits access to its equipment and all other facilities. The department catalytic in situ studies headed by Prof. Angelika Brückner focusses on development, adaptation and use of different analytic methods for monitoring catalysts under conditions as close as possible to those applied in the true catalytic process; this involves on-line detection of catalytic activity/selectivity (operando spectroscopy) in gas-solid, gas-liquid, liquid-solid and gas-liquid-solid systems, as well as during different stages in catalyst synthesis (in situ spectroscopy).

Role of key people

Prof. Dr. Angelika Brückner is an expert in the area of applied catalysis an obtained her PhD and habilitation in chemistry from Humboldt University of Berlin. After having worked in Berlin since 1985 at the Central Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, the Centre of Inorganic Polymers and the Institute for Applied Chemistry (ACA), she moved to Rostock in 2009, where she is now Professor at Rostock University, deputy director and head of the department “Catalytic In Situ Studies” at LIKAT. She is Editor of “Catalysis Communications” and member of various scientific bodies (GDCh, DECHEMA, BAM, DESY). She has long-term experience and facilities in spectroscopic in situ and operando studies in heterogeneous catalytic gas- and liquid-phase reactions with more than 230 papers and book chapters. Dr. Jabor Rabeah has over 12 years’ experience in Operando spectroscopy. His research has focused on the development of novel operando combined techniques for monitoring catalytic reactions at work, especially, simultaneously coupling o EPR with UV-vis, ATR-FTIR, Raman and/or XAS spectroscopy mechanistic (in-situ) studies to gain insight in structure-activity relations.  He currently is group leader of magnetic resonance and X-ray methods research group.

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