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Prof. Dr.

Robert Schlögl

Vice President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Year of election: 2011
Section: Chemistry
City: Berlin
Country: Germany
CV Robert Schlögl - Deutsch (pdf)
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Research

Research Priorities: heterogeneous catalysis, nanochemically optimized materials for energy storage concepts, chemical energy conversion, energy conversion processes in nature

Robert Schlögl is a chemist and catalysis researcher. His research focuses on heterogeneous catalysis and materials for energy storage concepts. With his work, he has contributed to a new understanding of catalytically active materials. More recently, he has been working on energy systems of the future and the complex challenges of the energy revolution.

Robert Schlögl and his team are researching energy conversion processes in nature and the significance of catalysts within these processes. This concerns questions of the production, storage, and transport of energy. In nature, energy is stored through photosynthesis. During this process, carbon dioxide and water are converted into organic molecules such as sugar and oxygen. However, photosynthesis cannot be replicated using synthetic chemistry; the molecules involved are too sensitive.

Therefore, the scientists, led by Robert Schlögl, seek to understand the basic chemical reactions of these processes in order to use them for new energy systems. In individual research projects, they are working, for example, on the conversion of light into electrical energy, storage materials for hydrogen, the catalytic splitting of water, and further development of fuel cells.

Catalysts play a significant role in all these processes. Without catalysts, for example, the storage of solar energy is not possible. His research aims to develop new, powerful catalysts while emphasizing the sustainability of the processes. Substances used as catalysts must be available and accessible on earth in sufficient quantities. He has also developed a process that could significantly reduce the chemical industry's energy consumption by using carbon nanomaterials. The chemical base material styrene can thus be produced in a more energy-efficient way than before.

In his research, Schlögl works on an interdisciplinary basis and combines scientific model studies with the high-performance systems of technical catalysis. He has developed new methods for observing dynamic phenomena at interfaces. This enables catalysts to be developed more effectively for industry.

Career

  • since 2015 Honorary Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • since 2013 Honorary Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • since 2011 Founding Director and Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC), Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
  • 2005 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK
  • 2004 Tetelman Fellow, Yale University, USA
  • 2001 Visiting Professorship at the Laboratoire des Matériaux, Surfaces et Procédés pour la Catalyse (L.M.S.P.C.), Université Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France
  • since 1998 Honorary Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • since 1994 Honorary Professor at the Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • since 1994 Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany
  • 1989-1994 C4 Professorship for inorganic chemistry at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  • 1989 Habilitation at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany
  • 1984-1985 Postdoc at the Institute of Physics, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1982-1983 Postdoc at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Cambridge University, UK
  • 1982 Doctorate at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
  • 1979 Diploma in chemistry
  • 1973-1978 Study of chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany

Functions

  • since 2020 Vice President of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • since 2020 Vice Chairman of the National Hydrogen Council, Germany
  • since 2018 Member of the Board of Trustees of the academy project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS), supported by acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
  • since 2017 Co-Chair of the Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) Working Group, Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA)
  • 2017 Member of the Supervisory Board of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Germany
  • since 2016 Chairman of the Advisory Board “Kopernikusprojekte” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany (BMBF)
  • since 2015 Member of the BMBF Hightech-Forum, Germany
  • 2013-2017 Chairman of the Steering Committee of the academy project “Energy Systems of the Future” (ESYS), supported by acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
  • 2012-2017 Head of Steering Committee of “Energy Systems for the Future”, the academic advisory board to the German government
  • since 2010 Chair of the MPG Presidential Commission on Future Directions of Science, Germany
  • since 2010 Topical Network Leadership “Energy and Resources”, acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, Germany
  • 2010-2014 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board Leibnitz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock, Germany
  • since 2009 Member of the Editorial Board ChemCatChem
  • since 2009 Member of the Advisory Board ChemSusChem
  • 2008-2012 Member of the Advisory Board “Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft”, Germany
  • 2007-2010 Chairman of Panel 4 “Chemistry and Materials Sciences” of the European Research Council (ERC)
  • 2004-2006 Chairman of the Chemical Physical Technical (CPT) Section of the Max Planck Society, Germany
  • 2003-2009 Member of the Editorial Board Catalysis Letters
  • 2003-2009 Member of the Editorial Board Journal of Catalysis
  • 1999-2005 Head of the Scientific Information Committee of the Max Planck Society, Germany
  • 1999-2004 Chairman of the Awards Committee of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany
  • 1999-2003 Member of the Editorial Board of Physical Chemistry – Chemical Physics (PCCP)
  • 1998-2002 Member of the Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis A
  • 1996-2003 President of the German Catalysis Society (GECATS)
  • 1996-2002 Head of the Catalysis Section of the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (DECHEMA)
  • 1995-2001 Member of the Advisory Board, Hahn Meitner Institute (HMI), Berlin, Germany
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the German Catalysis Society (GEATS)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Berliner Elektronenspeicherring-Gesellschaft für Synchrotronstrahlung m.b.H. (BESSY)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS)

Projects

  • since 2019 Participant in the DFG Cluster of Excellence EXC 2008: Unifying Systems in Catalysis „UniSysCat“
  • since 2019 Participant in the DFG Cluster of Excellence EXC 2089: e-conversion
  • since 2019 Participant in the DFG Cluster of Excellence EXC 2186: The Fuel Science Center – Adaptive Conversion Systems for Renewable Energy and Carbon Sources
  • since 2018 DFG project “Transient High-Temperature Oxygen Evolution Reaction”, Subproject of SPP 2080: “Catalysts and reactors under dynamic conditions for energy storage and conversion”
  • since 2018 DFG project “Advanced TEM and in situ X-Ray Spectroscopy (B07)”, Subproject of TRR 247: “Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase – Mechanisms and Materials in Thermal, Electro-, and Photocatalysis”
  • 2007-2018 Participant in the Cluster of Excellence EXC 314: „Unifying Concepts in Catalysis“
  • 2007-2010 DFG project “Raman-Spektroskopie als diagnostisches Tool zur Bestimmung der Struktur-Reaktivitäts-Korrelation von Ruß unterschiedlicher Mikrostruktur”
  • 2003-2008 DFG project “Mikroskopische Strukturbildung von Katalysatoroberflächen unter Realbedingungen“, Subproject of SPP 1091: “Bridging the Gap between Ideal and Real Systems in Heterogeneous Catalysis“
  • 2002-2008 DFG project “New tailored carbon nanofilaments for catalytic applications”
  • 2001-2010 DFG Project “Oxidnitride des Zirconiums als Materialien und Modellverbindungen für die katalytische Aktivierung von Ammoniak”
  • 2001-2006 DFG project “Nitridoxide und Nitridoverbindungen als Materialien und Modellverbindungen für die katalytische Aktivierung von Stickstoff”
  • 2000-2008 DFG project “Charakterisierung und Modifikation der aktiven Zentren für die heterogen katalysierte Partialoxidation von Methanol über Kupfer”, Subproject of SPP 1091: “Bridging the Gap between Ideal and Real Systems in Heterogeneous Catalysis“
  • 2000-2005 DFG project “Von Einkristallsystemen zu realen Katalysatoren am Beispiel der Hydrierung an Silber-Katalysatoren“, Subproject of SPP 1091: “Bridging the Gap between Ideal and Real Systems in Heterogeneous Catalysis“
  • 1999-2011 DFG project “Partialoxidation kleiner Kohlenwasserstoffmoleküle mit mikroskopischen Mengen von VxOy Katalysatorsystemen“, Subprojects of SFB 546: “Structure, Dynamics and Reactivity of Aggregates of Transition Metal Oxides“
  • Involved in several EU projects, including CANAPE, ELCAT, TECHNOTUBES, GRAFOL
  • Cooperation with Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk, Russia; EPFL, Schwitzerland; Cardiff University, U.K.; University of Messina, Catania, Italy; MIT, Boston, USA; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA and others.
  • Participant of the European Network IDECAT "Catalysis for Sustainable Energy Production
  • Max Planck project ENERCHEM “Energy from renewable resources – an interdisciplinary approach by Chemists and Material Scientists to tackle questions of social relevance”
  • Co-initiator of the DFG priority program for catalysis research
  • Co-initiator of the DFG Excellence Cluster Catalysis Research

Honours and Memberships

  • 2020 Honorary Doctorate, University Darmstadt, Germany
  • 2019 Ipatieff Lecture, Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS), USA
  • 2019 Cultural Award, Eduard Rhein Foundation
  • since 2018 Honorary Professor, Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Russia
  • since 2017 Distinguished Affiliated Professor, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 2017 Ruhr Prize for Art and Science of the City of Mülheim a. d. Ruhr, Germany
  • 2017 ENI Award Energy Transition
  • 2016 Innovation Award, State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 2015 Alwin Mittasch Prize, German Catalysis Society (GEATS)
  • 2013 Max Planck Communitas Award
  • since 2011 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2010 DECHEMA Plaque in Titanium
  • since 2005 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
  • since 1995 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany
  • 1994 Otto Bayer Award, Bayer Science & Education Foundation
  • 1989 Schunck Award for Innovative Materials
  • Member of acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering, Germany

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