Research Prof. Leitner
Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry© ITMC Aachen
Our research aims at the generation of fundamental knowledge and technological expertise in the area of organomentallic catalysis, ranging from its molecular principles to reaction engineering concepts. The thematic focus of the projects addresses the interface of the energetic and chemical value chains.
Mechanistic understanding of organometallic catalysis, as developed by an integrated approach of experimental and computational studies, forms the basis of our efforts in development of molecular or nanoparticle catalysts. The targeted synthetic applications comprise in particular the utilization of CO2 as feedstock, selective transformation of biomass, and enantioselective catalysis. The potential of advanced fluids such as supercritical carbon dioxide and ionic liquids as alternative solvents or reaction media is intensively explored. This opens new processing windows including innovative methods for continuous flow operation.