Agenda 2020

November, 12th, 2020


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

08:45 – 09:50 | Keynotes


Armin Laschet
Minister President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Robert Schlögl
Director and Scientific Member at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society

An Steegen
Chief Technology Officer, Umicore AG & Co. KG

09:50 – 10:05 Discussion

10:05 – 10:20 Coffee Break

10:20 – 11:20 | Industrial and Academical PartnershipsSession I: CAT – Catalytic Center


Prof. Walter Leitner
Management Board CAT, Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry, RWTH Aachen University

Dr. Christoph Guertler
Head of Catalysis and Technology Incubation, Covestro AG

11:20 – 12:20 | Industrial and Academical PartnershipsSession II: BasCat – UniCat BASF JointLab


Matthias Drieß
Scientific Director BasCat UniCat BASF JointLab / Metalorganics and Inorganic Materials, Department of Chemistry, TU Berlin)

Frank Rosowski

Scientific Director BasCat UniCat BASF JointLab / Process Research and Chemical Engineering BASF SE

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 | Industrial and Academical PartnershipsSession III: MuniCat – Munich Catalysis Alliance of Clariant and Technical University of Munich


Prof. Richard Fischer
Coordinator MuniCat, Industrial Catalysis, TU Munich

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14:30 – 15:30 | Industrial and Academical PartnershipsSession IV


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15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:45 | Industrial and Academical PartnershipsSession V


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16:45 – 17:30 Final Talk


17:30 End of the Event