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Research: Sustainability by Catalysis

Anorganische Chemie Uni Bayreuth

Sustainable Syntheses

Contact: torsten.irrgang@uni-bayreuth.de

The development of novel catalytic reaction, in which alcohols are converted into important classes of compounds, contributes to the saving of our fossil carbon resources and the lowering of CO2 emission since alcohols can be obtained from indigestible and abundantly available biomass such as lignocellulose. The aims of this project are the rational design of such reactions and of catalysts mediating them.


Anorganische Chemie Uni Bayreuth

Earth Abundant Transition Metal Catalysis 

Contact: torsten.irrgang@uni-bayreuth.de

The conservation of our element resources is of outmost importance with regard of the future of mankind. One approach to save rare elements is their replacement by abundantly available elements in key technologies. Catalysis is a key technology and often mediated by rare noble metals. We are interested in replacing noble metals such as Pt, Pd, Ir, Rh or Ru by so called base metals (Co, Fe and Mn) in catalysis. Homogenous catalysis is used to explore the scope of such a replacement and to develop novel catalytic reactions mediated by base metals.


Anorganische Chemie Uni Bayreuth

Polymer Derived Ceramic Base Catalyst Support

Contact: christine.denner@uni-bayreuth.de

Polymer derived silicon carbon (nitride) [SiC(N)] ceramics exhibit interesting catalysis relevant properties such as high thermal stability, great resistance against chemicals and structuring at multiple lengths scales. When modified with metals, such a material could be employed as a heterogeneous catalyst. The aim of the project is the development of the catalyst class and applications of the catalysts in sustainable synthesis and energy storage.


Forschungsprojekte des Lehrstuhls Anorganische Chemie (Prof. Kempe) der Uni Bayreuth.

Polymerization Catalysis 

Contact: winfried.kretschmer@uni-bayreuth.de

We have a strong interest in the controlled and efficient polymerization of ethylene and novel products accessible by such controlled polymerization processes. In addition, we are intrested in novel on-demand olefin syntheses.


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