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We are a young multidisciplinary research group at the AMC Chair at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), with our laboratories located in the Catalysis Research Centre (CRC).

We are interested in renewable energy research, in particular artificial photosynthesis and energy conversion to produce value-added products. We explore the use of molecular dyes, catalysts and polymers as well as hybrid materials to transform water and abundant feedstocks into chemicals, developing pathways towards sustainable energy.


Dec. 2023

Jan. 2024

Happy new Year!

Oct. 2023

  • Very proud of Kathi who brilliantly passed her PhD viva! Will miss you.

Jun. 2023

  • Nadine Schmaus begins her PhD thesis on photoelectrochmistry with us! Good luck Nadine!

Mar. 2023

  • Shufan Wu begins his PhD thesis with us! Warm welcome.

  • Nice press release on our recent achievements in photocatalysis!

  • Meen's research on engineering defects in MOFs to improve H2 evolution is published in Journal of Material Chemistry A. A nice work with our collaborators from Thailand.

  • Yishuo starts his Master's thesis internship. Good luck in the lab!


  • Check out our video about our latest discovery!


Feb. 2023

  • Very proud of Philip who succesfully defended his PhD Thesis summa cum laude. Impressive defence and thesis!

  • Elizabeth rejoins us for a lab internship on biomolecule encapsulation.

  • Another beautiful cover from Philip to highlight our latest work in Advanced Materials.

January 2023

  • Happy new year everyone!

  • Warm welcome to Vanessa who is starting her PhD thesis in our group!

  • Great cover from Philip to highlight our recent Advanced Materials study.

November 2022

  • Some great news this month. Johanna and Philip's review on merging catalysts and MOFs for solar fuels just came out online in Nature Chemistry

  • Our collaborative work with other group at TUM has been accepted in Advanced Materials. A very thorough study where we exploited the concept of nanozyme for photocatalytic syngas production.

  • Nadine nicely presented her Master's mid-term talk.

  • Emanuel joins us for his RLC internship working on bio-inorganic materials. Good luck!

October 2022

  • Many good news!

  • Meen successfully defended her PhD work yesterday! Congratulations! It was great to have you in Munich for your stay.

  • Karina and Philip's paper on PCN MOFs' behaviour in photocatalysis got accepted in Chemical Science.

  • Philip stikes twice with another research being published in Advanced Materials. Exciting work on photochargeable electron storage!

  • The e-conversion cluster members gathered in Venice to foster collaborations. Many brilliant talks from our international guests!

  • More courses are starting. The synthesis practicum course is training the new generation of students to lab techniques.

September 2022

August 2022

  • Johanna is joining the USC and the ShustovaLab for a 1-year stay. Nice collaboration work to come!

  • Vanessa presented her Masters' mid-term talk.

July 2022

  • The group had a great time presenting our research in the nice town of Weimar at the 55. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker.

  • Nadine is joining us for her Master's internship under the supervision of Kathrin and Mykhyalo finishes his.

  • Congratulations to all our former (11!) students who presented their work in our group at the itsc-chemistry poster-symposia!

March 2022

  • Vanessa is starting her Master's internship under the supervision of Philip. Good luck in the  lab!

  • Our collaboration paper investigating the role of cations in electrocatalysis has been accepted in Angew. Chemie.

January 2022 - Happy new year!

  • First good news of the year, our paper on photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction coupled to alcohol oxidation  is published in Nature Synthesis.

December 2021

  • Julien proudly receives the TUM Chemistry Supervisory Award of 2021.

  • Alina is joining us for an internship on chromophore synthesis.

November 2021

  • Our proposal with B. Rieger (TUM) and R. Fischer (TUM) for a PhD funding has been accepted by e-conversion!

  • Our paper on a novel tri(dithiocarboxylate) linker is accepted in Inorganic Chemistry (ACS).

  • Marcel and Chen join us for their lab course internship. Good luck!

October 2021

  • The winter semester 21/22 starts and so does the new courses. Looking forward to get in touch with the students from Chemie I MSE, IMIC and HYMAT.

  • Florian joins us for his Bachelor internship. Megan completes and presented her internship in collaboration with Wacker Chemie.

September 2021

August 2021

  • Many new starters! Mykhaylo (re-)joins us for a Master's internship co-supervised by Johanna and Philip! We also welcome Benedikt and Lukas S. for their RLC internships. Good luck to all!

July 2021

  • Our latest research on MOF vs metal oxide colloids for photocatalysis is accepted in Energies.

  • The group attends the Young and Main International Solar Fuels 2021 conferences from the RSC. Great talks and posters!

  • Congratulations to Sofia for her poster award at the itsc-chemistry poster symposia 2021, as well as to all our former students - Rafael, Zoe, Mykhaylo, Pascal and Markus - for their great posters and work in the group!

  • Elisabeth and Markus completed their internships. Thanks for your work!

June 2021

  • Elisabeth, Markus started their internships with Johanna and Philip while Vanessa and Julian finished their.

May 2021

  • Philip's and Johanna's paper got accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie! We investigated host–guest interactions in a MOF isoreticular series for photocatalytic CO2 reduction.

  • Vanessa and Julian join us for a RLC internship. Isabel and Pascal finished their stay in the group.

April 2021

  • Philip's paper on the understanding of entrapped molecular photosystems in MOFs is accepted for publication in Faraday Discussion.

  • Pascal and Isabel join us for a RLC internship on photocatalytic MOF while Zoe finishes hers on bimetallic clusters.

March 2021

  • Our proposal with J. Hauer (TUM) and R. de Vivie-Riedle (LMU) has been accepted for funding by e-conversion!

  • Alice finished her internship in the group. Thanks for your work!

January 2021

  • Johanna starts her PhD on designing coordination network-based photosystems towards CO2 reduction.

  • Philip's paper on the encapsulation of molecular catalysts and dyes in MOF for CO2 reduction is accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis.

  • Alice and Zoe start their Bachelor and RLC internships in the group. Welcome!

November 2020

  • Our new website goes live!

  • Markus finishes his research internship in the group on MOF-functionalised electrodes.

  • Julien takes over the e-Conversion subgroup@AMC.

  • Beginning of supervision for the Hymat courses@TUM.

October 2020

  • Kathrin secured PhD fellowship from the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt!

  • Johanna gets the Hans-Fischer PhD fellowship funding from the groups of N. Shustova and R. Fischer and will start her PhD in Jan. 2021!

September 2020

  • Markus starts his research internship in the group.

July 2020

June 2020

  • Julien is named Guest Editor for the special issue on: "Advances in Molecular Artificial Photosynthesis" in Energies.

  • Courses on “Instrumental Methods in Inorganic Chemistry“ in Electrochemistry begin.

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