Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT)

The Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology was founded 2011. Its mission is to bridge the gap between fundamental and applied research and the development of new technologies and products in the field of catalysis and process technology of catalyzed processes. The focus of our work is the sustainable utilization of alternative feedstocks and their conversion into energy carriers intermediates. This includes the development of new catalytic systems based on a fundamental understanding of processes on a molecular level. The institute receives basic funding from the Helmholtz Association's program-oriented funding, largely in the Energy research field in the program Materials and Technologies for the Energy Transition.


The 80th birthday of Prof. Dr. Eckhard Dinjus

On February 22, our former Institute Director Professor Dr. Eckhard Dinjus celebrates his 80th birthday. From 1996 to 2010, Prof. Dinjus was head of the Institute of Technical Chemistry / Chemical-Physical Processes, combined with a professorship for Technical Chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. He was largely responsible for the restructuring into today's Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology and was its founding director.
His scientific work is primarily linked to research into carbon dioxide as a chemical synthesis building block, the use of supercritical fluids for chemical-technical processes and the construction of the bioliq® pilot plant. Prof. Dinjus officially retired in 2012. He is still closely associated with the institute and its staff and "alumni".
The IKFT staff would like to wish Prof. Dinjus all the best, health, happiness and personal well-being on this special day.


Carl zerbe preis
Carl-Zerbe Prize

TT-Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf has received the prestigious Carl-Zerbe Prize from the German Scientific Society for Sustainable Energy Sources, Mobility and Carbon Cycles e. V. (DGMK). The prize recognizes outstanding scientific work by young scientists in the fields of processing and application of carbon carriers, such as their conversion. The award, endowed with €5,000, was presented at the DGMK/ÖGEW/SCI Conference "C1 Building Blocks for Future Chemistry" on October 12, 2023 in Dresden. Mr. Wolf holds the Tenure-Track Professorship "Catalyst Materials for the Energy Transition" at the Engler-Bunte-Institut and is active in his independent research with a working group at the Institute for Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT). His research topics focus on catalyst and process development for chemical energy carriers, for example via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs), or the conversion of CO2 into hydrocarbons.

Announcement at DGMK website


From left to right: Dr. Gesa Netzeband (Managing Director of DGMK), TT-Prof. Dr. Moritz Wolf (Carl-Zerbe Awardee), Prof. Dr. Dieter Vogt (Head of DGMK Division Petrochemistry).

Copyright für das Foto: Peter Leuten, DVV Media


Dr Lucas Spiske successfully defended his thesis "Theoretical investigation of n-butane isomerization in metal-substituted aluminosilicates" on October 23. In the department of theoretical catalysis at the IKFT, he worked on the quantum chemical calculation of n-butane isomerization using zeolite catalysts. The investigation of this reaction and optimization of the catalysts targets the environmentally friendly synthesis of industrially relevant chemicals. In cooperation with TotalEnergies and reseachers from the University of Southampton, he has gained new insights into the reaction networks of the zeolite-catalyzed isomerization of n-butane.


IKFT Seminar:  monday, 26.02.2024 at 13:00 pm (Meetingroom 107, Bldg. 727)

Topic: Biogenic synthesis gas for the hydrogenation of pyrolysis oil

Jakob Coulon (IKFT)

IKFT Seminar: monday, 26.02.2024 at 13:00 pm (Meetingroom 107, Bldg. 727)