June 2022

Johannes Bock joined our team as newest bachelor student. For his thesis, he will work on methanol steam reforming.


After almost 20 years in Chemistry, Christoph’s scientific journey culminates in a full professorship (“Electrochemical Energy Conversion”) at Montan University Leoben.

The first step of this journey was taken in 2007 when Christoph achieved his master’s degree in chemistry in Innsbruck. Then, he worked on his PhD as Max Planck fellow – jointly between the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin and the University of Innsbruck (supervised by Bernhard Klötzer and Robert Schlögl) – which he finished in 2011.
After stays as postdoctoral researcher in Berkeley, CA (as Erwin Schrödinger Fellow) and Innsbruck (as Senior Post Doc), he came to the TU Wien in 2013 where he was in charge of the model catalysis group and started his Habilitation on “Model Catalysis: Bridging the Gap from UHV to Atmospheric Pressure by in situ Synchrotron Studies”. After finishing that in 2019, he became Assistant Professor in 2020 and Associate Professor in 2021.
In 2017, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (TUCAS), the follow-up proof-of-concept grant of which (TUCAS-CO2) was awarded last year. Also in 2021, Christoph joined the SFB TACO as co-PI.

This October, Christoph will move his group to Styria and become „Professor for Electrochemical Energy Conversion“ and head of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Montan University Leoben. There, he will continue his work on studying and designing novel oxide-based catalysts (e.g. perovskites) for CO2 conversion and power to X applications. Furthermore, he will expand his work on combining heterogeneous catalysis and electrochemistry for greenhouse gas utilization.

(2022-06-17: Due to complaints by Mrs. L., the image was updated.)

May 2022

Tom Cotter joined our team as Post-Doc. He will provide his knowledge about industrial processes and expertise in scaling-up to TUCAS.

Yesterday, Peter Amann – a collaborateur and friend of TUCAS – published a Science paper. Christoph is a co-author of the article titled “The state of zinc in methanol synthesis over a Zn/ZnO/Cu(211) model catalyst”.
Christoph contributed synchrotron measurements performed at DESY Hamburg and provided invaluable expertise on CuZn systems.

Congratulations to Christoph and all authors!

The full article can be found here (not open-access).
You can find a press release of Stockholm University abouth the article here.

April 2022

Sadly, after last year’s shrinkage-connected lab accident, we have to report another incident. Hedda, our resident data sorceress and expert in all things data evaluation related, got lost during her most recent expedition into the wild and untamed data forest. This is the last image she sent before all communication went dark.

Currently, we are setting up a rescue party of brave data scientists who are not afraid to venture into that dangerous and oftentimes unpleasant place to find and save Hedda.

February 2022

Christoph was awarded an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (TUCAS+CO2) to extend the results of his ERC grant TUCAS to industrial application. Congratulations!

The German press release of the TU Wien can be found here.

January 2022

Another bachelor student joins us to day to work on perovskites as catalysts for steam reforming. He will continue Patrick’s work on this topic.

Thomas’ and Richard’s paper CO Oxidation Capabilities of La- and Nd-Based Perovskites has been published in Fuels.


December 2021

October 2021

Today, we expand our team once more: Florian L. joins us for a couple of weeks to do finish his project thesis for his master in Technical Physics. He will use his expertise to improve our LabVIEW programs.

Christoph won his second

Best Teacher Award
of the Faculty of Chemistry

at the TU Wien.

September 2021

Thomas was presented with the

Poster Design Award

of the SFB TACO Kickoff Meeting for his poster titled “DFT Investigation of the effect of doping on CaMnO3“.

Lorenz won a

Graduate Student Award

of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) 2021 Fall Meeting for his contribution titled “Doped Perovskite Oxides as Versatile Catalysts towards Fuel Production“.

Flo was awarded a

Förderungspreis für Chemie 2021

by the Gesellschaft Österreichischer Chemiker (GÖCH) for his diploma thesis “CO2 Utilization via Methane Dry Reforming“.

Flo and Lorenz participated in the workshop “YEuCat Better Together” in Segovia, Spain, which was even covered in the Spanish press.

August 2021

Today, Stylianos joined us for a 2-month IAESTE internship. He will be working on scaling up our catalytic processes.

July 2021

Today, we welcome a new TUCAS member again: Patrick will work on his bachelor thesis — extending Tobias’ work on methanol steam reforming over copper catalysts.

June 2021

Florian defended Lorenz’ title from last year and won the

Best Presenter Award

at the XVII International Forum-Contest of Students and Young Researchers in St. Petersburg in his breakout session “Chemical Technology of Natural Energy Sources, Carbon Materials and Inorganic Substances”.
This makes the second consecutive time this award goes to TUCAS.

A new member joined our group today: Tobias (Do not confuse with Tobias M.!) started his work on his bachelor thesis — using copper catalysts for methanol steam reforming.

May 2021

Flo was awarded a

Förderpreis 2021

by the Chemisch-Physikalische Gesellschaft (CPG) for his diploma thesis “CO2 Utilization via Methane Dry Reforming“.

Our team was expanded once more: David joined us to work on his bachelor thesis – setting up virtual reality vizualisations for teaching of physical chemistry.

Ramin joined our team and started work on his bachelor thesis — modifying our pervoskite materials (replacing expensive elements with cheaper ones).

April 2021

Lorenz first high-impact paper was published in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. Congratulations!

After a freak lab accident that shrunk Florian to atomic size (luckily he was wearing his protective goggles), we now can at least present the very first selfie taken on the surface of a catalyst. Communication is difficult, as the mobile reception is very bad, so we do not know much, however, we assume that the objects behind Flo are exsolved particles. And a step edge is visible far in the back as well.
Aside from being smaller than usual, Flo is fine and we are working tirelessly to undo the shrinkage.

March 2021

2021-03-30: Lorenz’ paper on rWGS on pervoskites has been accepted for publication in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. Congratulations!

Tobias startet his work for his bachelor thesis as newest member of our team — setting a new reactor and testing possible perovskite synthesis routes.

February 2021

Tina joined our team and started work on her bachelor thesis — synthesizing new perovskites for methanol synthesis.

December 2020

Thomas’ paper How Greenhouse Gases Can Be Used to Store Energy has been published in Frontiers for Young Minds. Congratulations!

Florian successfully defended his master thesis titled “CO2 utilization via methane dry reforming”. Congratulations to the newly minted “Diplom-Ingenieur” and the newest member of the PhD squad!

November 2020

Thomas’ paper was accepted for publication in Frontiers for Young Minds. Congratulations!


Lorenz was a awarded a „Förderungspreis für Chemie“ by the GÖCH for his Diploma thesis, titled

“Structural and Chemical Characterisation of Doped Perovskites by XRD and XPS – Tailored Exsolution of Metal Nanoparticles”

October 2020

2020-10-16: Raffael’s paper was accepted for publication in Crystals. Congratulations!

2020-10-08: Lorenz’ paper was accepted for publication in Acta Crystallographica B. Congratulations!

September 2020


From 21st to 23rd of September 2020 Lorenz attended the online Young Chemists Summit 2020, organized by the Young Chemists Austria. He presented a poster during the Postersession on Twitter and won the EYCN Poster Award, sponsored by the European Young Chemists’ Network!

The new webpage of our ERC project TUCAS goes live.