Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Homogeneous Catalysis Seminar

Ancient and Modern Molecules and their Role for Controlled Hydrogen Evolution

Monday 16 February 2015

Time: 15:15
Location: University of Bath, Building 1 South, Room 0.01 (maps)
Speaker: Professor Martin Prechtl from the University of Cologne
prechtlAbout the speaker: Martin began his undergraduate eduction in Chemistry and Food Chemistry at the University of Wuppertal in 1999, finishing with a Diploma Thesis in organic chemistry with Hans-Josef Altenbach in 2004. During that time he got two exchange fellowships for research projects in the laboratories of Winston Tinto at UWI in Barbados and João Comasseto at USP in São Paulo. He then did a PhD in organometallic chemistry and catalysis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim with Walter Leitner in collaboration with David Milstein (Weizmann Institute of Science). In 2007 he received a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Research Fellowship which he took to UFRGS in Proto Alegre, Brasil to work with Jairton Dupont. After a brief stay at the Humboldt University of Berlin, in 2010 he moved to his current position at the University of Cologne where he is independent group leader in applied catalysis. In 2012 he received the ICOMC Gold Medal in Lisbon, in 2014 the Ernst Haage Prize for Chemical Energy Conversion of the Max Planck Society, and in 2015 the Connect Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.