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  Group picture
Members of the Christian Doppler Laboratory in Downing College, March 2014  
Photo courtesy of OMV (taken by Kurt Prinz)


Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry (official website here)

The Christian Doppler laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry opened its doors in 2012 and 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. 

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11 April 2017
West4Media produces another documentary about our work on solar fuels, including solar-reforming of biomass.

2 March 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).

25 November 2016
Patent application for solar-driven reforming of biomass filed (GB1619953.1 and GB1701130.5).

1-11 July 2016
Christian Doppler Lectures take place in Cambridge. The programme can be found - here.

29 June 2016
Christian Doppler Laboratory highlighted as part of OMV's sustainability initiative by CEO Rainer Seele - here.

30 May 2016
The group is featured on OMV's technology blog (available here).

9 March 2016
Profiles of Doppler Laboratory members appear online. See here for David, Manuela & Georgina, Moritz, and Jenny & Ben.

18 September 2015

'Christian Doppler Symposium on Solar Fuels' takes place in Cambridge. The flyer, programme and a short report can be found here: flyer, programme and report.

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). An information sheet can be found - here.

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.

7 January 2015
Erwin talks about solar fuels and the Doppler Laboratory in 'Science Talk' on Austrian TV (ORF III). Synopsis - here.

13 November 2014

Erwin gives lecture at International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2014 in Vienna. The the webcast can be found - here - and the programme - here

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.

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

March 2014
Christian Doppler Lectures take place in Cambridge. The programme can be found - here.

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.
19 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).

7 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.

25 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).

Current members of the Christian Doppler Laboratory:

   Erwin Reisner, Director

   Inger Lomax, Administrator (since August 2013)

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

   Janina Willkomm, PhD student (since April 2013)
   David Wakerley (since April 2014)
   Hatice Kasap (since October 2014)
   Andreas Wagner (since April 2016)
   Constantin Sahm (since January 2017)

Selected Publications of the Christian Doppler Laboratory:

“Multi-functional Coatings from Scalable Single Source Precursor Chemistry in Tandem Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting." Lai, Y.-H.; Palm, D. W.; Reisner, E. Adv. Energy Mater., 2015, 5, 1501668 [to Paper].

“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 [to Paper].

“Solar Hydrogen Production Using Carbon Quantum Dots and a Molecular Nickel Catalyst." Martindale, B. C. M.; Hutton, G. A. M.; Caputo, C. A.; Reisner, E. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 6018–6025 [to Paper].

“Synthetic Active Site Model of the [NiFeSe] Hydrogenase." Wombwell, C.; Reisner, E. Chem. Eur. J., 2015, 21, 8096–8104 [to Paper].

“Enhancing H2 Evolution Performance of an Immobilised Cobalt Catalyst by Rational Ligand Design." Willkomm, J.; Muresan, N. M.; Reisner, E. Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 27272736 [to Paper].

“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 [to Paper].

“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, 53, 11538–11542 [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].

“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 [to Paper].

“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 [to Paper].

“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].

“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 [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].

Doppler symposium (September 2015):
doppler symposium

Picture from Newton on TV (May 2015):  


Manuela Gross on Newton (ORF).

Picture from Science Talk on TV (January 2015):

science talk

Erwin Reisner (left) with Barbara Stöckl (right).

Picture from IEA WEO (November 2014):


From left to right: Erwin Reisner, Gerhard Roiss (CEO OMV), Nisha Pillai (moderator), Dominique Ristori (Director General Energy of European Commission) and Fatih Birol (Chief economist IEA).

OMV's Sustainability Report 2014 features our work with Manuela and Janina on the front cover.


Picture from the group trip to Vienna (Sep 2014):


Austrian delegation visits our laboratory (March 2014):

                Doppler Tour
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 CD-Laboratory:

Doppler Inauguration

Group Picture taken during Lab Tour on 25 April 2012; from left to right: Mortiz Kudhnel (postdoc), Masaru Kato (postdoc), Walter Böhme (OMV), Ulrich Schubert (TU Vienna), Martin Pilch (mbwfj), Daan Frenkel (HoD Cambridge), Reinhardt Kögerler (CDG), Erwin Reisner, Alexander Buchsbaum (OMV), Nicoleta Muresan (postdoc), Manuela Gross (PhD), Janina Willkomm (UG student).

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).