Catalysts help to save energy, to exploit new sources of energy and to manufacture chemical products. A cooperation between Fraunhofer UMSICHT and the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung combines basic research in the field of catalyst development with applied research in the field of technical processes. This alliance aims at developing catalytic processes up to their pilot testing in industrial scale.
With the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim/Ruhr, which does basic research in the field of catalyst development, and Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen, which covers the technical process development from up-scaling of the catalyst synthesis up to the development of the technical catalysis process, two institutes have joined forces which optimally complement each other in their thematic orientation and competency. The iterative cross-linking of the exploitation-oriented process development of Fraunhofer with the basic catalyst development of Max-Planck combines the flexibility of basic research and the target-focus of applied R&D in on development platform.