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.

Current members:

   Erwin Reisner, Director

   Inger Lomax, Administrator (since August 2013)

Postdoctoral Scientists

   Moritz F. Kuehnel (since August 2012)
   Julien Warnan (since October 2014)
   Kristian Dalle (since October 2015)
   Demetra Achilleos (since June 2016)

PhD Students

   Janina Willkomm (since April 2013)
   Hatice Kasap (since October 2014)
   Andreas Wagner (since April 2016)
   Constantin Sahm (since January 2017)