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 Economy, Family and Youth, 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.
The Doppler laboratory was inaugurated on the 25th of April 2012 in the Todd Hamied Room, Department of Chemistry on Lensfield Road. The programme can be found - here.
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:
Dr Moritz F. Kuehnel, Postdoctoral Research Associate (since August 2012)
Dr Christine Caputo, Postdoctoral Research Associate (since September 2012)
Dr Hyun S. Park, Postdoctoral Research Associate (since May 2013)
Manuela Gross, PhD student (since April 2012)
Yi-Hsuan Lai, PhD student (since July 2012)
Janina Willkomm, PhD student (since April 2013)
Former members of the Christian Doppler Laboratory:
Dr Nicoleta M. Muresan, Postdoctoral Research Associate (2012)
Bettina Basel (Doppler Summer student from the University of Erlangen, Germany, in 2012)
Publications of the Christian Doppler Laboratory:
“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].
|Pictures from the
Group Picture taken during Lab Tour on 25 April 2012; from left to right: Mortiz Kühnel (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).