The research in the Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis group involves synthesis, characterization and performance of well-defined solid catalysts and related functional materials for gas storage and photochemical conversion processes. Strongholds are catalyst synthesis techniques and advanced spectroscopy for the study of catalyst materials under working conditions.

The fundamental scientific challenge is to establish a relationship between structure and catalytic function at different length scales ranging from the single atomic and molecule level over the micro-, meso- and macroscopic scale up to the level of small reactor set-ups.

The group works on various topics of heterogeneous catalysis, including but not limited to the valorization of crude oil, natural gas, biomass and solar light for the production of transportation fuels, base chemicals and materials.

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Interview Petra de Jongh, Professor of Inorganic Nanomaterials: