CRC-Network CataLysis

CRC-Network CataLysis

Jointly promoting Catalysis Research

Jointly promoting catalysis research

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CRC Network Catalysis

CRC 1333 | Stuttgart

CRC 1333 | Stuttgart

CRC Network Catalysis, CRC/TRR 247

CRC/TRR 247 | Duisburg, Essen, Bochum

CRC/TRR 247 | Duisburg, Essen, Bochum

CRC/TRR 234 | Ulm & Jena

CRC/TRR 234 | Ulm & Jena

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CRC 1073 | Göttingen

CRC 1073 | Göttingen

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CRC 1441 | Karlsruhe

CRC 1441 | Karlsruhe

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CRC 1452 | Erlangen

CRC 1452 | Erlangen

CataLysis brings together different German CRC-communities working within the field of catalysis.


A Network for Discussing and Viewing Fundamental Aspects of Catalytic Processes from Different Perspectives.


Six Collaborative Research Centers funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) are working on topics related to catalysis. We have created an interactive research sphere within the framework of CataLysis for discussing and viewing fundamental aspects of catalytic processes from different perspectives.


Key steps in catalytic processes, ranging from liquid phase oxidation and reduction, over light-driven catalysis to confinement effects in organometallic catalysis, are elucidated. This is accomplished by experimental methods of characterization and theory, bridging several scales of length, time and energy. To advance our current understanding, different aspects of catalytic processes, systems, research tools and scientific goals are considered, that are specific within each research center.


CataLysis Helps Advance the Research Within Each CRC by Providing a Comprehensive Picture of Catalytic Reactions


CataLysis aims at providing a comprehensive picture of catalytic reactions by providing possibilities for exchange among its members on multiple levels. Thus, CataLysis will help advance the different research goals and key topics of all four Collaborative Research Centers: from fostering atomic and molecular scale studies to the generation of predictive tools for designing catalysts and catalytic processes for optimum performance in chemical research and technology.


CataLysis constitutes a platform to discuss contemporary topics includin

  • homogeneous catalysis
  • molecular heterogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
  • thermal catalysis
  • photocatalysis
  • (photo)electrochemistry
  • materials integration
  • analytical and theoretical tools for mechanistic investigations
  • simulation science in catalysis
  • device integration, chemical technology, processing

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Press Release - Kick-Off Event - Sep 30th/Oct 1st 2020

Jointly promoting catalysis research

Researchers from Germany and Austria met for the first interdisciplinary conference of the CataLysis CRC-network 

Catalysis initiates central processes of our entire life on earth – from enzyme catalysis in metabolic processes in all organisms to natural photosynthesis and the production of synthetics and environmentally friendly energy sources. Scientists in four Collaborative Research Centres (CRCs) of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) are currently investigating how these fundamental and at the same time diverse processes of chemical catalysis work exactly and how their principles can be used for sustainable value creation.

In order to set new research impulses and create synergies in the field, the four DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centres have now organised the first joint CataLysis conference. Around 170 researchers from Germany and Austria presented their latest research findings in a joint online conference from September 30th to October 1st, 2020 and initiated new collaborations.

The participants presented their research topics in 16 lectures and 65 poster contributions. The spectrum ranged from homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, thermal catalysis and photocatalysis to (photo-) electrochemistry. The researchers also exchanged the latest findings on the methodological and theoretical characterisation of catalysis processes and on new materials and methods. After the sessions there was the possibility to meet and discuss with the speakers in a virtual room. Other virtual networking areas such as the Coffee Point or the Snack Bar offered additional opportunities to exchange ideas and initiate cooperation.

“The common goal is to link the methodologies and approaches even more strongly in the future than in the past and beyond the boundaries of the respective Collaborative Research Centres.”

The speakers of the Collaborative Research Centres closed the conference with a positive summary: “We are thrilled to see the different and interesting developments that have emerged within catalysis research,” said Prof. Michael Buchmeiser, spokesperson of CRC 1333. And Prof. Malte Behrens, spokesperson of CRC/TRR 247, added: “In order to be able to create synergies and make catalytic processes usable for important applications in the future, it is necessary to continue to illuminate this complex and multifaceted research area from all sides.” Prof. Sven Rau, spokesperson of the CRC/TRR 234, is particularly pleased about the high participation of doctoral students who used this event for discussion and networking, underlining the importance of training for the sustainable catalysis research. In summary, Prof. Christian Jooss, spokesperson of CRC 1073, adds: “The common goal is to link the methodologies and approaches even more strongly in the future than in the past and beyond the boundaries of the respective Collaborative Research Centres.”

The spectrum of the field of catalysis is reflected in the topics of the Collaborative Research Centres:

– CRC 1333: “Molecular Heterogeneous Catalysis in Confined Geometries”
– CRC/TRR 247: “Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase – Materials and Mechanisms in Thermal, Electro- and Photocatalysis”
– CRC 1073: “Atom Scale Control of Energy Conversion”
– CRC/TRR 234: “CataLight – Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials: Synthesis and Mechanistic Studies”

Scientific Committee

CRC 1333 | Stuttgart

„Molecular Heterogeneous Catalysis in Confined Geometries“

Prof. Dr. Michael Buchmeiser
Prof. Dr. Bettina Lotsch

CRC/TRR 247 | Duisburg, Essen and Bochum

„Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase“

Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens 
Prof. Dr. Martin Muhler

CRC/TRR 234 | Ulm and Jena

„CataLight – Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials – Synthesis and Mechanistic Studies“

Prof. Dr. Sven Rau
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dietzek

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CRC 1073 | Göttingen

„Atomic scale control of energy conversion“

Prof. Dr. Christian Jooss
Prof. Dr. Sven Schneider

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CRC 1441 | Karlsruhe

„Tracking the Active Site in Heterogeneous Catalysis for Emission Control“

Prof. Dr. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt
Prof. Dr. Felix Studt

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CRC 1452 | Erlangen

"Catalysis at Liquid Interfaces"

Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid
Prof. Dr. Jörg Libuda