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Catalysis and membrane technology


Catalysis is utilized for the preparation for the majority of chemical products. Because it leads to less energy consumption and waste, catalysis is one of the main topics in green chemistry. We develop catalyst materials mainly for the oxidative coupling of methane, oxidative dehydrogenation of propane, dry-reforming of methane, activation of CO2 and CH4 as well as for photocatalytic water. Furthermore, we focus on the development of ceramic membranes for gas separation, high temperature catalysis and catalytic membrane reactors.


  • tailoring of catalyst support
  • up-scaling of the synthesis and processing of catalytic materials
  • high temperature stable catalysts
  • charge transport in catalysis
  • ceramic membranes for gas separation and membrane reactors

Financial Support / Projects

  • UniCat (Cluster of Excellence “Unifying Concepts in Catalysis)
  • BIG-NSE (Berlin International Gracutate School of Natural Sciences and Engineering)
  • Else-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin
Representative publications
1. Feasibility study of the Mn–Na2WO4/SiO2 catalytic system for the oxidative coupling of methane in a fluidized-bed reactor. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2015, DOI:10.1039/C4CY00822G.
S. Sadjadi, S. Jaso, H. R. Godini, S. Arndt, M. Wollgarten, R. Blume, O. Görke, R. Schomäcker, G. Wozny, U. Simon
2. Thermally activated redox-processes in V2O5-x under high oxygen partial pressures investigated by means of impedance spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering. Int. J. Mater. Res. 2013, 104, 657–665 (Werner-Köster-Preis 2014).
M. Harth, R. Mitdank, D. Habel, O. Görke, M. Tovar, H. Winter, H. Schubert
3. Visible Light Photocatalysis with c-WO3-x/WO3xH2O Nanoheterostructures In Situ Formed in Mesoporous Polycarbosilane-Siloxane Polymer. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 4467–4475.
M.S. Bazarjani, M. Hojamberdiev, K. Morita, G.Q. Zhu, G. Cherkashinin, C. Fasel, T. Herrmann, H. Breitzke, A. Gurlo, R. Riedel
4. Enhanced catalytic performance on MnxOy-Na2WO4/SiO2 for the oxidative coupling of methane using an ordered mesoporous silica support. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 14440–14442.
M. Yildiz, Y. Aksu, U. Simon, K. Kailasam, R. Schomäcker, A. Thomas, S. Arndt
5. Design and demonstration of an experimental membrane reactor set-up for oxidative coupling of methane. Chem. Eng. Res. Des. 2013, 91, 2671–2681
H.R. Godini, H. Trivedi, A. Gili de Villasante, O. Görke, S. Jaso, U. Simon, A. Berthold, W. Witt, G. Wozny

 Contact: Ulla Simon (ulla.simon(at)ceramics.tu-berlin.de)




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