Dr. rer. nat.

Fabian Joschka Holzhäuser

Group leader

Lehrstuhl für Heterogene Katalyse und Technische Chemie


Building: Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 42B 335

Worringerweg 2

52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 26591
Fax: +49 241 80 22177

Research Area

The electrocatalytic conversion of biomass into alternative fuel additives and value-added products. Among others, methods are used like:

  • Electrocatalyst synthesis and coverage on electrodes
  • Investigation on the reaction impact coming from the applied potential, the pH, the electrolyte and so forth.
  • The implementation of new small electrolysis cells
  • All necessary analytical methods such as low and high field NMR, HPLC, TPR, BET and so forth.


F. J. Holzhäuser, J. B. Mensah, R. Palkovits, (Non-)Kolbe electrolysis in biomass valorization – a discussion of potential applications, Green Chem.; 2020, 10.1039/C9GC03264A

J. Meyers, N. Kurig, C. M. Gohlke, M. A. Valeske, S. Panitz, F. J. Holzhäuser, R. Palkovits, Intramolecular Biradical Recombination of Dicarboxylic Acids to Unsaturated Compounds: New Approach to an Old Kolbe Reaction; ChemElectroChem; 2020

Holzhäuser, F. J., Janke, T., Öztas, F., Broicher, C., Palkovits, R., Electrocatalytic Oxidation of 5‐Hydroxymethylfurfural into the Monomer 2,5‐Furandicarboxylic Acid using Mesostructured Nickel Oxide. Adv. Sustainable Syst. 2020, 4, 1900151.

B. F. Gomes, F. J. Holzhäuser, C. M. S. Lobo, P. F. da Silva, E. Danieli, M. Carmo, L. A. Colnago, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits, B. Blümich; Sustainable electrocoupling of the biogenic valeric acid under in situ low-field nuclear magnetic resonance conditions; ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.; 7 (22), 18288-18296, 2019

J. Meyers, J. B. Mensah, F. J. Holzhäuser, A. Omari, C. C. Blesken, T. Tiso, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits; Electrochemical conversion of a bio-derivable hydroxy acid to a drop-in oxygenate diesel fuel; Energy Environ. Sci.; 2019, DOI: 10.1039/C9EE01485C

F. J. Holzhäuser, G. Creusen, G. Moos, M. Dahmen, A. König, J. Artz, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits; Electrochemical cross-coupling of biogenic di-acids for sustainable fuel production; Green Chem.; 21, 2334-2344, 2019

G. Creusen, F. J. Holzhäuser, J. Artz, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits; Producing widespread monomers from biomass using economical carbon and ruthenium-titanium dioxide electrocatalysts; ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.; 6 (12), 17108-17113, 2018

J. Meyers, J. B. Mensah, F. J. Holzhäuser, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits; Aufwertung biobasierter Hydroxysäuren durch non-Kolbe-Elektrolyse; Chem. Ing. Tech.; 90 (9), 1182, 2018

F. J. Holzhäuser, J. Artz, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits; Elektrokatalytische Kreuzkopplung von biogenen Di‐Säuren für eine nachhaltige Herstellung von Treibstoffen; Chem. Ing. Tech.; 90 (9), 1165, 2018

F. J. Holzhäuser, J. Artz, S. Palkovits, J. Büchs, D. Kreyenschulte, R. Palkovits; Electrocatalytic upgrading of itaconic acid to methylsuccinic acid using fermentation broth as a substrate solution; Green Chem.; 19, 2390-2397; 2017

L. Negahdar, M. G. Al-Shaal, F. J. Holzhäuser, R. Palkovits; Kinetic analysis of the catalytic hydrogenation of alkyl levulinates to γ-valerolactone; Chem. Eng. Sci.; 158, 545-551; 2017;

M. G. Al-Shaal, W. Ciptonugroho, F. J. Holzhäuser, J. B. Mensah, P. J. C. Hausoul, R. Palkovits; Catalytic upgrading of α-​angelica lactone to levulinic acid esters under mild conditions over heterogeneous catalysts ; Catal. Sci. Technol.; 5, (12), 5168-5173; 2015;