Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis in the Liquid Phase

Mercator Fellows

To foster international and national collaboration, we are happy to welcome our four Mercator fellows to our TRR 247: 

  • Prof. Dr. Iryna Zenyuk, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Plamen Atanassov, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Graham Hutchings, Cardiff University, UK
  • Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, MPI CEC, Germany (PI of the CRC in the first funding period)

Doctoral students and postdocs of the CRC will greatly benefit from the direct and extended personal inter­action with these Mercator fellows during their stays at our consortium. Besides increasing their scientific spectrum thanks to the close interaction with these internationally recognized experts in the field of electro-and thermal catalysis, our early career researchers will also gain the opportunity to build a strong international network.

Prof. Dr. Plamen Atanassov

Prof. Atanassov (UC Irvine, USA) is an expert in electrocatalysis and advanced materials characterization. He has leading ex­pertise in the selective electrochemical oxidation of alcohols, including ethylene glycol, glycerol and iso-pro­panol, which will be a key asset in supporting our consortium to understand the effect of catalyst real struc­tures on reaction mechanisms in electrochemical alcohol oxidation catalysis.

Prof. Dr. Graham Hutchings

Prof. Hutchings (Cardiff University, UK) is an expert in liquid-phase oxidation catalysis over metals and oxides. His research is fo­cused on the design of novel selective oxidation catalysts and their study using in situ spectroscopy. He has worked on oxidation of various alcohols and hydrocarbons. His expertise will benefit all projects working on thermal oxidation catalysis.

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl

Prof. Schlögl (MPI CEC, Germany) is one of the leading scientists in oxidation catalysis with a strong focus on catalyst character­ization using electron microscopy and synchrotron-based methods. His research especially addresses the dynamics of solid catalysts under working conditions, and all projects working with operando methods will benefit from his participation as Mercator fellow.

Prof. Dr. Iryna Zenyuk

Prof. Zenyuk (UC Irvine, USA) is an expert in coupled transport phenomena and reaction kinetics in electrochemical energy conversion technologies, including both computational modelling and development of advanced experimen­tal methods. With her expertise, she will significantly contribute by further intensifying the collaboration be­tween theory and experimental groups in electrochemistry and will also provide operando X-ray tomogra­phy as a complementary operando technique to study the dynamic real structure evolution of working electrocatalysts.