Agenda 2021

November 3rd, 2021


Catalysis as a key technology: In more than 80 percent of all chemical industrial processes, catalysts are used and products are obtained by catalysis. Fuels, fertilizers, plastics and dyes, pharmaceuticals, crop protection agents and auxiliary materials for food or the electrical and semiconductor industries – all this is only made possible by catalysis. Therefore, functional materials for catalysis are focused on the 7th RUHR Symposium. In tandem talks, experts from industrial and academic partnerships will discuss concepts, synergies and exciting scientific results.

Booklet (PDF 1.2 MB)

08:30 – 08:45 Welcome

Prof. Malte Behrens
Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Kiel University

Prof. Wolfgang Schuhmann
Chair of Analytical Chemistry, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Prof. Ferdinand Dudenhöffer
Director, CAR Center Automotive Research

08:45 – 09:35 Keynotes

08:45 – 09:10

Catalysis research for sustainable energy applications
Prof. Harry Hoster
Scientific Director, The hydrogen and fuel cell center ZBT GmbH

09:10 – 09:35

Renewable Synthesis of chemical Feedstock and Specialties employing Electrolysis & Syngas Fermentation
Dr. Günter Schmid
Principal Key Expert Research Scientist, Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co. KG

09:35 – 09:50 Keynotes – Discussion


09:50 – 10:00 Coffee Break

10:00 – 11:00 | Industrial and Academical Partnerships Session I: CAT – Catalytic Center

incl. 10 min. Q&A


10:00-10:25

CO2 as Raw Material – Challenges and Opportunities at the Interface of Chemistry and Energy
Prof. Walter Leitner
Management Board CAT, Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry, RWTH Aachen University

10:25-10:50

Industry and Academia Partnerships – CAT Catalytic Center
Dr. Christoph Guertler
Head of Catalysis and Technology Incubation, Covestro AG

11:00 – 12:00 | Industrial and Academical Partnerships Session II: BasCat – UniCat BASF JointLab 

incl. 10 min. Q&A


11:00-11:25

An Molecular Precursor Approach Towards Understanding of Catalytic Transformations
Matthias Drieß
Scientific Director BasCat UniCat BASF JointLab / Metalorganics and Inorganic Materials, Department of Chemistry, TU Berlin

11:25-11:50

Atomic Layer Deposition as valuable tool to identify property-performance relations in catalysis
Frank Rosowski
Scientific Director BasCat UniCat BASF JointLab / Process Research and Chemical Engineering BASF SE

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 | Industrial and Academical Partnerships Session III: PrometH2eus

incl. 10 min. Q&A


13:00-13:25

Application-Oriented Design of new Electrode Materials for Alkaline Water Electrolysis
Prof. Anna Mechler

Electrochemical Reaction Engineering, RWTH Aachen University

13:25-13:50

Advanced Alkaline Water Electrolysis – De Nora perspective
Dr. Emanuele Instuli
Head of Analytical Chemistry Group, De Nora, Italy

14:00 – 15:00 | Industrial and Academical Partnerships Session IV: Full cell implementation of catalyst materials for fuel cells

incl. 10 min. Q&A


14:00-14:25

Interactions in Functional Electrochemical Materials: Platinized Carbon in the PEM Fuel Cell Electrode Layer
Dr. Florian Eweiner
Team Leader Innovation, Heraeus Group

14:25-14:50

Processing of functional electrochemical materials: Graded and hierarchically structured cathodes for PEM fuel cells
Prof. Doris Segets

Process Technology for Functional Electrochemical Materials, University of Duisburg-Essen)

15:00 – 15:20 Coffee Break

15:20 – 16:20 | Industrial and Academical Partnerships Session V: HTE4CAT - Catalyst Discovery

incl. 10 min. Q&A


15:45-16:10

New catalysts for CO2 Reduction, alcohol oxidation and water splitting
Prof. Wolfgang Schuhmann
Chair of Analytical Chemistry, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

15:20-15:45

AI driven high-throughput experimentation for catalyst discovery
Lars Banko, Olga Anna Krysiak
Founder, Start-up Materials Space Exploration

16:20 – 17:00 Final Talk

incl. 10 min. Q&A


16:20 – 17:00

Transfering research to hydrogen applications at the H2 Campus Duisburg
Dr.-Ing. Peter Beckhaus
Managing Director, The hydrogen and fuel cell center ZBT GmbH