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CatLab – Catalysis Laboratory


The new platform in Berlin Adlershof is intended to advance the development of novel catalyst materials, which are urgently needed in particular for the production of green hydrogen for the energy transition. The five-year start-up project is intended to build a bridge between basic research and industry.

Bernd Rech, Stefan Kaufmann and Robert Schlögl during CatLab Kick-off

From left: Prof. Bernd Rech (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin), Stefan Kaufmann, MdB (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF) and Prof. Robert Schlögl  (Max Planck Society) during the official CatLab launch ceremony on 21st June 2021 © HZB/Michael Setzpfandt

Bundling of competences in the CatLab

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the two Max Planck Institutes, Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) and Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (MPI CEC), are pooling their expertise and building the research platform together with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The project begins with a five-year start-up phase. CatLab will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with about 51 million euros as part of the National Hydrogen Strategy in addition to considerable contributions by the participants themselves.  Read more about CatLab.

©HZB // Produktion: Hoppenhaus & Grunze Medien // Animation: Sana Schönle