Real-time insight into catalysts for non-fossil energy supply via in-situ X-ray scattering (Fuel Science Center)


In the cluster of excellence “The Fuel Science Center”, the entire lifecycle of renewable fuels is investigated: from the fuel generation by molecular reaction processes, via model rectors and highly efficient propulsion systems to the design of entire fuel process and value chains. Heterogeneous catalysts, often nanoparticles on a support, are frequently employed for both the synthesis and combustion of bio-hybrid fuels.

During catalysis morphological as well as atomic structural changes of the catalyst particles occur. In order to follow the intricate structural details during catalyst activation and cycling in real-time, we perform in-situ high energy X-ray scattering experiments at synchrotron radiation facilities. Such experiments allow us to derive structure-activity correlations, for instance for Nickel-based perovskite-derived catalysts in the catalytic conversion of CO2 in collaboration with the Palkovits group, or insight into perovskites in exhaust gas treatment with the Simon group (both RWTH Aachen University). To achieve this aims we utilize and extend a flow cell setup for in-situ catalysis experiments.


Prof. Dr. Mirijam Zobel
N. N. (PhD student)


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Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – Cluster of Excellence 2186 "The Fuel Science Center" – ID: 390919832

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