Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
The MPI CEC investigates fundamental chemical processes in energy transformation and contributes to the development of new and efficient catalysts. Its approach to this problem is based on a profound understanding of the underlying chemical reactions and multidisciplinary.
Director: Serena DeBeer
The department of Inorganic Spectroscopy focuses on the development and application of advanced X-ray spectroscopic tools for understanding processes in biological and chemical catalysis.
Director: Walter Leitner
The research of the Molecular Catalysis department focuses on the development of technologies for the conversion of renewable energy and feedstocks to sustainable fuels and chemical products.
Director: Robert Schlögl
The department Heterogeneous Reactions is researching, among other things, on a better understanding of the processes of electrocatalytic water splitting. The aim is to generate generic insight and solutions for synthesis and analysis of chemical energy conversion systems.
As one of 84 institutes in the Max Planck Society, it was first part of the neighboring Max Planck Institute for Coal Research and became independent in 1981 under the name of Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry. It was renamed to Max Planck Institute for Bioinorganic Chemistry in 2003, to reflect its changing research focus. Following a significant restructuring and expansion of its departments in 2011, it was re-established in 2012 as the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion.