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CatLab – Catalysis Laboratory

Thin-Film Catalysts for one Sustainable Chemistry with Renewable Energies 

The urgently needed defossilisation of the energy system requires not only the drastic expansion of renewable electricity but also the development of alternative, sustainably produced material energy sources.
A central task here is to develop new types of catalysts to ensure efficient conversion of chemical energy into electrical energy and vice versa - the core of CatLab. 

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (FHI), and Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion (CEC) bundled their competencies in catalysis research, thin film, nanotechnology, and operando analysis, to give life to CatLab. In synergy with the Humboldt University of Berlin, the partners of UniSysCat and the industry, CatLab aims to generate pioneering knowledge and provide vital technological solutions for the establishment of a green hydrogen economy.

Don't miss our last CatLab Lecture 2023/24

A series of independent lectures on fundamentals and latest developments in heterogeneous catalysis, thin film technology, physical chemistry, process engineering and materials design.
Hosted by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (FHI) as part of the joint CatLab project.

BESSY II Lecture Hall
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie 
Albert-Einstein-Straße 15
Adlershof, 12489 Berlin, Germany
Every Friday in the winter semester 2023/24 from 10:30 to 12:00
20 October 2023 - 23 February 2024

Recent insights on the generation, transport, and separation of charge carriers in metal oxide photocatalysts
Roel van de Krol (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin)

Contact us

Dr. Steffi Hlawenka
CatLab Project Coordination
Tel. +49 (0)30 8062 41337

Sophie Spangenberger
CatLab Project Communication
Tel. +49 (0)30 8062 14992

Katja Lipicnik
CatLab Project Assistant


Sponsored by BMBF

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has generously funded CatLab as a 5-year project (December 2020 - November 2025). Our goal is to extend this collaboration beyond the funding period and establish a long-term partnership that drives groundbreaking research and innovation in the field of catalysis.