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:

  • Different parameter influences on the adsorption capacity of boron-containing Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) (SYN/CAT) (Tobias Riedl)
  • Synthesis and investigation of biomass-based plasticizers for PVC materials (SYN/CAT) (Kevin Sabel)
  • Immobilized Homogeneous Catalyst for Enantioselective Hydrogenation of Aromatic Ketones (CAT)
    Start of the research: September (Sebastian Seidel)
  • Synthesis of Ru/PNNP Single Site Catalyst for Asymmetric Hydrogenation (SYN/CAT)
    Start of the research: November (Sebastian Seidel)
  • Investigation of the influence of various factors, such as temperature and potential, on the electrochemical reduction of imines to amines (Justus Kümper) (3.5 Days per week)
  • Applications of Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence in Chemistry (Stefan Palkovits)
  • Synthesis and catalytic tests of novel polyphosines as solid molecular catalysts (Janine Baums)
  • Chemical recycling of industrially relevant polyamides by means of heterogeneous catalysis - feasibility study as well as synthesis, characterization and application of solid catalysts in autoclave reactions (Marcus Lehnertz)