Nils Kurig

M. Sc.
Nils Kurig
Lehrstuhl für Heterogene Katalyse und Technische Chemie


Building: Sammelbau Chemie

Room: 38B 324

Worringerweg 2

52074 Aachen


Phone: +49 241 80 26466
Fax Fax: +49 241 80 22177


In order to close carbon cycles, biomass-based raw materials must increasingly be considered in chemical processes in the future. At the same time, locally generated, excess energy from renewable sources should be used directly or stored efficiently. By storing electrical energy in chemical bonds, electrochemical synthesis thus provides a straightforward answer to two central questions of a future, sustainable chemical industry.

In this context, organic acids are particularly relevant because they are a major constituent of the biomass and can be converted electrochemically into liquid fuels providing high energy density. In addition, building blocks for the polymer industry from renewable raw materials are electrochemically accessible.

In order to be able to operate these electrochemical transformations ecologically and economically more sustainably, the goal of my PhD is a broad understanding of the molecular electrode processes and the structure-property relationships of electrodes. This results in the following fields of work in which individual research projects are offered:

  • Investigation of the Kolbe electrolysis and electroreduction employing commercial electrodes
  • Development of new reactors using the 3D printer
  • Elucidation of electrochemical reaction networks and mechanisms
  • Development of low-cost, resource-saving electrode materials and their characterization
  • Transfer of batch electrosynthesis into continuous operation


N. Kurig, J. Meyers, E. Richter, S. Palkovits, R. Palkovits, 3D Printed Microreactors for the Continuous Non-Kolbe Electrolysis, Chemie Ingenieur Technik, 2022.

S. Mürtz, N Kurig, FJ Holzhäuser, R. Palkovits, Reviving electrocatalytic reductive amination: a sustainable route from biogenic levulinic acid to 1, 5-dimethyl-2-pyrrolidone, Green Chemistry, 2021.

J. Meyers, N. Kurig, C. Gohlke, M. 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.

N. Kurig , J. Meyers , F. J. Holzhäuser , S. Palkovits , R. Palkovits, (Non-)Kolbe Chemistry Going with the Flow: The Continuous Electrolysis of Biogenic Acids ; ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020.