Aims & Mission

Bundling of competencies

There are numerous challenges associated with the quest for renewable, sustainable solutions to the global energy crisis. While in principle the energy available from sunlight would be sufficient to even satisfy energy needs of highly developed societies, the practical implementation of capturing and using solar energy are numerous and challenging. Perhaps the most pressing problem is that solar energy is not available on demand anytime and everywhere. Hence it is necessary to develop efficient storage mechanisms for solar energy. The MPI CEC is built upon the realization that the best way to achieve energy storage in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way, is to store the energy in chemical bonds. Thus the goal of our IMPRS-RECHARGE is to decouple the primary photochemical processes that lead to capturing of solar energy from its later uses in technology or mobility.

Doctoral students will mainly deal with reactivity/structure analysis in the six key energy-conserving chemical reactions. IMPRS-RECHARGE will focus on understanding the atomic level mechanisms of catalytic processes, at both the homogeneous and heterogeneous limits, by using state of the art methods in physical characterization and theory.


Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Energy Conversion (CSCEC)

September 17th - 21th, 2017
NETZ, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Complexes

September 3rd - 9th, 2017
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Germany


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