Open Projects


Research Projects

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Master and Bachelor Thesis

We are constantly looking for students who would like to do their bachelor/master thesis in the research field of heterogeneous catalysis and technical chemistry in the group of professor Palkovits. In case you are interested please contact professor Palkovits directly. For descent applications, please add to your request: your CV, a certification with all examinations and a short motivation. Of course, all students can get an overview first about topics by contacting the group.

Research Projects

Throughout the year, various research projects are offered in the working group. In the following, current research projects are advertised. Students who are interested in doing research work with us as part of their studies are best advised to contact the respective supervisors. It is also possible to personally visit the working group to get an overview of available projects. Dr. Chalachew Asmelash will be happy to answer any general questions you may have.

External research internships, bachelor and master theses

Since December 2019, Professor Palkovits holds a Max-Planck Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. The group "Solid Molecular Catalysts" offers research internships, bachelor and master theses on a regular basis. A detailed overview and further information are available via the following link.

Recent Topics

At the moment, the following projects are offered in our group:

  • Production of isosorbide - Batch and continuous sorbitol dehydration using zeolites (Starting date: from now on) (Jeff Deischter)
  • Healthy sugar? Synthesis and application of heterogeneous catalysts for the production of allulose. (Research focus: catalysis, Starting date: mid of feburary) (Peter Drabo and Keanu Birkelbach)
  • Analyzing the influence of metal and pretreatment conditions on formic acid dehydrogenation (Maurice Vennewald)
  • Operando Investigation of the Base-catalyzed Isomerization of Monosaccharides (Matthias Fischer)
  • Studying the influence of backbone functionalizations on the Ir-catalyzed formic acid dehydrogenation (Nina Sackers and Keanu Birkelbach)
  • Applications of Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry (Stefan Palkovits)
  • Synthesis and catalytic tests of novel polyphosines as solid molecular catalysts (Janine Baums)
  • Glycerol oxidation for an efficiency enhanced hydrogen production – development of new electrocatalysts (synthesis, characterization, electrolysis) (Sonja Mürtz)



Dr. Chalachew Asmelash

Group leader


+49 241 80 26466