Prof. Dr. Peter Claus

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Peter Claus

Date of Birth 22.12.1956
Birthplace Rochlitz
Academic Career
1963-1971 Polytechnic High School in Rochlitz
1971-1973 High school in Rochlitz
1973-1975 Graduated from the High School of Chemistry, Technical University of Merseburg
1975-1980 Chemistry at the Technische Hochschule Merseburg
Chemie Course of study: Technical Chemistry / Physical Chemistry
Specialisation: Heterogeneous Catalysis / Chemical kinetics
Industrial Placement (hydrogenation) Leuna-Werke
Thesis: “Kinetic Studies on the reaction of methyl radicals with Allen,” Institute of Physical Chemistry
Graduation: Diplom-Chemiker
1985 Thesis: “Kinetic Studies on the formation and reactivity of vinyl radicals”
Graduation: Dr. rer. nat. nat.
1997 Thesis: “Control of intramolecular selectivity in the heterogeneously catalyzed hydrogenation of α, β-unsaturated aldehydes”
Graduation: Dr. rer. nat. nat. habil.
Professional experience
1980-1988 Scientific assistant, Department of Chemistry, Technical University Merseburg, Institute of Physical Chemistry, research and teaching in the group of K. Scherzer
1988-1991 Department of Heterogeneous Catalysis range
C1-chemistry at the Central Institute of Organic Chemistry, Berlin
1992-1993 Centre for Heterogeneous Catalysis, Berlin, WIP-group leader
1994-2000 Institute of Applied Chemistry, Berlin, Center for Catalysis, project leader “selective hydrogenation and hydroformylation of hydrocarbons” with M. Baerns
1994-1997 Lecturer at the Institute for Technical Chemistry, TU Chemnitz, scientific assistant in the group of D. Hönicke
1997-2000 Assistant professor at the Institute for Technical Chemistry of the TU Chemnitz
since 05/23/2000 University Professor (C4) of Chemical Technology, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Darmstadt
04/2003 – 03/2005
since 10/2008
Managing Director of the Ernst-Berl-Institute for Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
10/2003 Organization of the Southwest German Catalysis teaching association in the context of the competence network ConNeCat together with Prof. S. Ernst (TU Kaiserslautern) and Prof. WF Maier (University of Saarland)
04/2004 – 12/2008 Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal “Applied Catalysis B: Environmental”
since 2006 Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal “The Open Physical Chemistry Journal”
since 2008 Appointed member of the Commission of the German Catalysis Society (GeCatS)
1996 Hochschullehrer-Nachwuchs-Preis for Chemical Technology (DECHEMA)
GDCh, DECHEMA (special section catalysis), DGMK (petrochemicals)
1999 C3-Professor for Technical Chemistry, TU Braunschweig (rejected)
1999 C4-Professor of Chemistry and Technology of the TU Darmstadt (successor to J. Gaube
Research areas
  • Heterogeneous catalysis (synthesis, characterization and application of catalysts)
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Green Chemistry / New Technologies
  • Combinatorial Methods in Catalysis and Materials Research
  • Nanostructures
  • Industrial Chemistry

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