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Chemistry at TUB - Welcome


Chemistry is one of the basic natural sciences where a focal point of research is on materials, their synthesis, and properties.

Research in the Institute of Chemistry focuses on catalysis and contributes to areas such as synthesis, solid-state chemistry, and materials science. Main areas of scientific activities involve physical and theoretical chemistry, biological chemistry, and chemical engineering. In catalysis activities range from homogeneous over heterogeneous to biocatalysis. These topics are addressed by the Cluster of Excellence "Unifying Concepts in Catalysis" (UniCat) located primarily at TUB.

Another focus in research at the Institute of Chemistry is the self-assembly of soft matter systems at interfaces. Within the framework of the International Graduate Research Training Group 1524 (SSNI) a broad spectrum of themes ranging from protein adsorption to processes at biological membranes is investigated by a US-German Team of researchers with backgrounds in Physical Chemistry and Physics. TU Berlin is the host university of this project.

New junior professor at the Institute of Chemistry


Franziska Hess has been a junior professor for chemical catalysis at TU Berlin since April 2020. Her area of ​​work lies in the modeling of heterogeneous catalysts and catalyst stability. She completed her dissertation on “DFT-based Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of oxidation reactions over the RuO2 (110) model catalyst surface” in 2015 under the supervision of Herbert Over at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at Justus Liebig University Giessen. Subsequently, she worked with Bilge Yildiz's group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to investigate the driving force of the degradation of cathode materials in solid oxide fuel cells. In 2019 she received funding from the Liebig scholarship from the Fund of the Chemical Industry, which enabled her to deepen her research at RWTH Aachen University in the field of modeling catalyst stability. The goal of her research is to develop theoretical models for the long-term stability of catalyst systems and suitable descriptors that are able to predict catalysts that are both active and stable. Another focus is the optimization of existing simulation methods for chemical kinetics by taking into account the influence of lateral interactions between adsorbed molecules.