Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable Syngas Chemistry
The Christian Doppler laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry opened its doors in 2012 and is housed in the Department of Chemistry as 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.
Erwin Reisner, Director
Inger Lomax, Administrator (since August 2013)
Postdoctoral ScientistsMoritz F. Kuehnel (since August 2012)
Julien Warnan (since October 2014)
Kristian Dalle (since October 2015)
Demetra Achilleos (since June 2016)
PhD StudentsJanina Willkomm (since April 2013)
Hatice Kasap (since October 2014)
Andreas Wagner (since April 2016)
Constantin Sahm (since January 2017)
Photocatalytic formic acid conversion on CdS nanocrystals with controllable selectivity for H2 or CO. Kuehnel; M. F.; Wakerley, D. W.; Orchard, K. L.; Reisner, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 9627–9631
Improving the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CO through immobilization of a molecular Re catalyst on TiO2. Windle, C. D.; Pastor, E.; Reynal, A.; Whitwood, A. C.; Vaynzof, Y.; Durrant, J. R.; Perutz, R. N.; Reisner, E. Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 3746–3754
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, 53, 11538–11542
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
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
Parameters affecting electron transfer dynamics from semiconductors to molecular catalysts for the photochemical reduction of protons. Reynal, A.; Lakadamyali, F.; Gross, M. A.; Reisner, E. Durrant, J. R. Energy Environ. Sci., 2013 , 6, 3291-3300
Facile assembly of an efficient CoOx water oxidation electrocatalyst from Co-containing polyoxotitanate nanocages. Lai, Y.-H.; Lin, C.-Y.; Lv, Y.; King, T.C.; Steiner, A.; Muresan, N. M.; Gan, L.; Wright, D. S.; Reisner, E. Chem. Commun., 2013,49, 4331-4333
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
Selective reduction of aqueous protons to hydrogen with a synthetic cobaloxime catalyst in the presence of atmospheric oxygen. Lakadamyali, F.; Kato, M.; Muresan, N. M.; Reisner, E. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 9381–9384
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
West4Media produces another documentary about our work on solar fuels, including solar-reforming of biomass.11 April 2017
Five-year evaluation of Christian Doppler Laboratory with Andrea Barta (Deputy Chair of the CD Scientific Board), Richard Bachinger (OMV), Wolfgang Hofer (OMV) and Andrew Bocarsly (Princeton University).2 March 2017
Patent application for solar-driven reforming of biomass filed (GB1619953.1 and GB1701130.5).25 November 2016
Christian Doppler Lectures take place in Cambridge. The programme can be found - here.1-11 July 2016
Christian Doppler Laboratory highlighted as part of OMV's sustainability initiative by CEO Rainer Seele - here.29 June 2016
The group is featured on OMV's technology blog (available here).
West4Media is back to produce four more movies about our laboratory and life of several group members.19 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.
2 May 2015
Erwin talks about solar fuels and the Doppler Laboratory in 'Science Talk' on Austrian TV (ORF III). Synopsis - here.
Erwin gives 'Business & Science Talk' at OMV headquarters in Vienna. An article about the event can be found - here.12 November 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.2-5 September 2014
Christian Doppler Lectures take place in Cambridge. The programme can be found - here.27 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.20 March 2014
Two-year evaluation of Christian Doppler Laboratory with Franz Rammerstorfer (Chair of CDG Scientific Board), Walter Böhme (OMV) and Andrew Bocarsly (Princeton University).19 February 2014
Christian Doppler Workshop with 13 early career scientists presenting their work at St. John's College Cambridge. The programme can be found - here.7 September 2013
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).25 April 2012