IMPRS on Reactive Structure Analysis for Chemical Reactions (RECHARGE)

The training of young academics is essential for the future of science and research. Therefore the Max Planck Society launched a unique postgraduate training program – the International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS).

In a highly competitive process the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC) was able to secure funding to establish a new IMPRS. Together with Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universität Bonn and the neighboring Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung the IMPRS on Reactive Structure Analysis for Chemical Reactions (RECHARGE) was founded. Spokesperson for the Research School is Prof. Dr. Frank Neese, former Director at MPI CEC, now MPI für Kohlenforschung.

IMPRS-RECHARGE focuses on interdisciplinary research between chemistry and physics with an emphasis on catalytic mechanisms, physical-chemical analysis and energy topics. Scientific challenges shall be looked at from different angles. Furthermore the combination of theory and practice is a vital aim of the IMPRS-RECHARGE.

Research topics

The IMPRS-RECHARGE broadly covers research from the following research areas:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Homogeneous catalysis
  • Biological catalysis
  • Magnetic and optical spectroscopy
  • Physical Organic Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Laser spectroscopy and Biophotonics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry

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.


3rd IMPRS-RECHARGE Conference

Exploring Reactivity with Spectroscopy
May 19th-21st, 2021

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