What we do today determines what the world will look like tomorrow.

Creating a sustainable future for nature and humanity on Earth - In the face of undeniable climate change, mainly caused by human greenhouse gas emissions, and the harmful effects associated with it, this goal is one of the overshadowing challenges of modern times. We take this goal to heart and develope novel electrolysis applications that can effectively store renewable energy and use it to produce important basic and fine chemicals.

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Our activities include key topics such as the generation of green hydrogen, the direct conversion of excess CO2 and the electrification of complex organic reactions. In doing so, we look at electrolysis in a holistic way: From mechanistic elucidation using molecular electrocatalysts, to the production of optimized electrode assemblies, to customised electrolysis cells with industrial potential.

Our main research topics

Homogeneous catalysis

The Apfel group works on transition metal based complexes with sophisticated ligands for the activation and conversion of small molecules.

Electrode structuring

One of the key steps in our pathway towards industrially relevant demonstrators is the generation of optimized electrode architectures by e.g. tailoring selected support materials, binder contents and types as well as post treatment methods.

Heterogeneous catalysis

We are specialized on the synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts for various applications in electro- and thermal catalysis using methods such as wet-chemical precipitation, high-temperature syntheses, and mechanosyntheses to produce complex catalyst systems and composites based on transition metal sulfides, oxides and others.

Electrolysis cells/stacks

Our many years of experience in the development of electrochemical reactors have enabled us to develop novel electrolysis cells for a wide range of applications and to scale them up to the size of industrially relevant electrolysis stacks.

* "Was wir heute tun, entscheidet darüber, wie die Welt morgen aussieht." Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830 – 1916)