Photo courtesy of OMV (taken by Kurt Prinz)
| Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable
SynGas Chemistry (official website
The Christian Doppler laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry is housed in the Department of Chemistry and part of the Reisner laboratory. The Doppler project addresses application-oriented basic research questions for a sustainable carbon-based economy. Specifically, we aim to develop the basic principles for a purely synthetic photochemical device that allows for the light-driven conversion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and water to carbon monoxide and hydrogen, a mixture known as syngas. Syngas is an invaluable chemical feedstock for the petrochemical industry and an attractive precursor to produce hydrocarbons, liquid fuel.
The Christian Doppler laboratory is jointly funded by the Austrian Christian Doppler Research Association (CDG), the Federal Ministry of Science, Research & Economy, the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development and the OMV Group for a period of seven years. The CDG is a non-profit organization that supports basic science and technology to economically relevant questions. The OMV Group is a major oil- and gas group in Central Europe and Austria's largest industrial company.
2 June 2015
Two molecular H2 production catalysts developed and extensively studied in the Doppler Laboratory are now commercially available via Strem Chemicals (see here for CoP and NiP).
19 May 2015
West4Media is back to produce four more movies about our laboratory and life of several group members.
2 May 2015
Our laboratory and several group members highlighted in the science & technology TV show 'Newton' on 'Water instead of Oil' in Austria (channels ORF 1). Synopsis - here.
Erwin talks about solar fuels and the Doppler Laboratory in 'Science Talk' on Austrian TV (ORF III). Synopsis - here.
13 November 2014
12 November 2014
Erwin gives 'Business & Science Talk' at OMV headquarters in Vienna. An article about the event can be found - here.
2-5 September 2014
Group visits OMV in Vienna and goes on a tour of Austria. The trip includes a visit to the OMV oil refinery in Schwechat, the plastics company Borealis in Linz and the OMV Exploration & Production Business in Zistersdorf. The programme can be found - here.
1st April 2014
Christian Doppler Laboratory and collaboration with Austria/OMV highlighted in the Austrian national newspaper 'Kronen Zeitung' (here) and OMV's magazine 'move' (German: here; English: here). Another article published by the 'Kronen Zeitung' in Summer 2014 - here
27th March 2014
Christian Doppler Lectures take place in Cambridge. The programme can be found - here.
20th March 2014
Austrian delegation including the CEO of OMV Group (Gerhard Roiss), the Austrian Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy (Reinhold Mitterlehner) and Christoph Dichand (Editor-in-Chief of Kronen Zeitung) visited our laboratory. Visit also includes 3-day filming of short documentary on our work and interviews for press releases.
The programme can be found - here. See picture on the right.
19th February 2014
Two-year evaluation of Christian Doppler Laboratory with Franz Rammerstorfer (Chair of CDG Scientific Board), Walter Böhme (OMV) and Andrew Bocarsly (Princeton University).
7th September 2013
Christian Doppler Workshop with 13 early career scientists presenting their work at St. John's College Cambridge. The programme can be found - here.
25th of April 2012
Inauguration of the Christian Doppler Laboratory in the Todd Hamied Room, Department of Chemistry on Lensfield Road. The programme can be found - here. See pictures on the right.
The start of the Doppler laboratory was featured in the news:
Cambridge press release - here - and article in the national Austrian newspaper derStandard - here (pdf, in German).
Erwin Reisner, Director
Inger Lomax, Administrator (since August 2013)
Moritz F. Kuehnel, Postdoctoral Research Associate (since August 2012)
Christine Caputo, Postdoctoral Research Associate (since September 2012)
Julien Warnan, Postdoctoral Research Associate (since October 2014)
Manuela Gross, PhD student (since April 2012)
Yi-Hsuan Lai, PhD student (since July 2012)
Janina Willkomm, PhD student (since April 2013)
David Wakerley (since April 2014)
Hatice Kasap (since October 2014)
Selected Publications of the Christian Doppler Laboratory:
“Proton reduction by molecular catalysts in water under demanding atmospheres.” Wakerley, D. W.; Gross, M. A.; Reisner, E. Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 15995–15998. [to paper]
“Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production using Polymeric Carbon Nitride with a Hydrogenase and a Bioinspired Synthetic Ni Catalyst.” Caputo, C. A.; Gross, M. A.; Lau, V. W.; Cavazza, C.; Lotsch, B. V.; Reisner, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, in print. [to Paper]
“Versatile Photocatalytic Systems for H2 Generation in Water Based on an Efficient DuBois-type Nickel Catalyst.” Gross, M. A.; Reynal, A.; Durrant, J. R.; Reisner, E. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014 , 136, 356–366. [to Paper]
“RYB Tri-Colour Electrochromism based on a Molecular Cobaloxime.” Scherer, M.; Muresan, N. M.; Steiner, U.; Reisner, E. Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 10453-10455. [to Paper]
“Scalable one-step assembly of an inexpensive photoelectrode for water oxidation by deposition of a Ti and Ni-containing molecular precursor on nanostructured WO3.” Lai, Y.-H.; King, T.C.; Wright, D. S.; Reisner, E. Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 12943-12947. [to Paper]
“Facile assembly of an efficient CoOx
“Immobilization of a Molecular Cobaloxime Catalyst for Hydrogen Evolution on a Mesoporous Metal Oxide Electrode.” Muresan, N. M.; Willkomm, J.; Mersch, D.; Vaynzof, Y.; Reisner, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 12749-12753 [to Paper]
“Cu2O/NiOx nanocomposite as an inexpensive photocathode in photoelectrochemical water splitting.” Lin, C.-Y.; Lai, Y.-H.; Mersch, D.; Reisner, E. Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 3482-3487 [to Paper]
“Electron Transfer in Dye-sensitised Semiconductors Modified with Molecular Cobalt Catalysts: Photoreduction of Aqueous Protons.” Lakadamyali, F.; Reynal, A.; Kato, M.; Durrant, J. R.; Reisner, E. Chem. Eur. J., 2012 , 18, 15464–15475 [to Paper].
OMV's Sustainability Report 2014 features our work with Manuela and Janina on the front cover.
Picture from Newton on TV (May 2015):
Manuela Gross on Newton (ORF).
Picture from Science Talk on TV (January 2015):
Erwin Reisner (left) with Barbara Stöckl (right).
Picture from IEA WEO (November 2014):
Group Picture on 20 March 2014; from left to right:
Top: Walter Böhme (OMV), Christoph Dichand (Kronen Zeitung), Mark Perry (Kronen Zeitung), Gerhard Roiss (OMV), Georg Weiland (Kronen Zeitung), Reinhold Mitterlehner (Ministry of Science, Research & Economy), Erwin Reisner.
Bottom: Hyun Park (postdoc), Janina Willkomm (PhD student), Christine Caputo (postdoc), Yi-Hsuan Lai (PhD student), Manuela Gross (PhD student), Mortiz Kuehnel (postdoc).
Photo courtesy of OMV (taken by Kurt Prinz)
Pictures from the inauguration of the
Symposium Speakers on 25 April 2012: Reinhardt Kögerler (president CDG), Walter Böhme (Head Science and Innovation, OMV), Richard Friend (Cavendish professor of Physics, Cambridge), Judy Hirst (Group leader MRC MBU, Cambridge), Erwin Reisner (Head of Christian Doppler laboratory, Cambridge).