Structural Dynamics of Iron Molybdate Catalysts for Alcohol Selective Oxidation Using In Situ and Operando Spectroscopies and Diffraction


Iron molybdates are well-known as catalysts for the selective oxidation of methanol, whereas the role of their iron atoms is discussed controversial. Also, the oxidation of ethanol, particularly for a sustainable production of chemicals, is an important process. We will develop two operando setups in which Raman/XRD and Raman/Mössbauer are coupled under reaction conditions to identify the (iron-related) processes at the (sub) surface and bulk of iron-containing catalysts, and we will develop structure-performance relationships. The profound analyses in cooperation with other A projects will lead to a fundamental understanding of the role of iron in the selective oxidation of alcohols.

Research Team

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Prof. Dr. Barbara Albert
+49 6151 16-22931
L2|05 317
Prof. Dr. Christian Hess
+49 6151 16-21975
L2|04 F 211
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Kramm
+49 6151 16-20356
L6|01 301
Leon Schumacher M. Sc.
PhD student
L2|04 F 203
Jan Welzenbach
Jan Welzenbach M. Sc.
PhD student
+49 6151 16-21978
L2|04 F 203
Hannah Wilhelm M. Sc.
PhD student
+49 6151 16-22939
L2|05 218
Marc Ziemba M. Sc.
PhD student
+49 6151 16- 21977
L2|04 F 203