Selectivity in Oxidation Catalysis

2009 Spring Symposium

Robert Schlögl
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Berlin, Germany

Abstract – The activation of dioxygen into a selective oxidizing species and the requirement of activating C-H bonds lead to conflicting structures of active sites. Material solution of metals and oxide systems will be discussed for the increasingly demanding cases of oxidation of methanol, ethylene and propane.

Speaker’s Biography – Robert Schlögl studied chemistry and completed his PhD on graphite intercalation compounds at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (1982). After postdoctoral stays at Cambridge and Basle he carried out his habilitation under the supervision of Professor Ertl at Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin (1989). Later he accepted the call for a Full Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry at Frankfurt University. In 1994 he was appointed his current position as Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. His research activities range from interfacial reactions of inorganic solids, heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy of surfaces during chemical reactions, solid state reactions, acid-base chemistry on surfaces, carbon chemistry, chemistry of oxide systems to cluster chemistry. Specific focus is on the investigation of heterogeneous catalysts based upon inorganic solids with the aim to bridge experimentally the gap between surface science and chemical engineering in the field of oxidation catalysis. He is author of about 500 publications and registered inventor of more than 20 patent families. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of numerous international organizations. His research activities have been recognized with several international awards.