Research interests

  • Biorefinery and sustainable chemistry
  • Non-edible lignocellulosic biomass and organic waste stream valorization with solid catalyst to bio-based building blocks, biodegradable polymers, and biofuel in batch and flow systems
  • Chemiocatalytic plastic waste recycling
  • Green H2 production, CO2 and N2 conversion on solid surfaces
  • Synthesis of sustainable functional heterogeneous catalyst
  • Advanced characterization of solid catalyst
  • Art for science: Catchy images and colors simplify the complexity of scientific message for the public

Research Units in UniSysCat

Dr. Majd Al-Naji
BasCat, UniCat BASF jointLab / Technische Universität Berlin
Sekr. EW K-01
Hardenbergstraße 36
10623 Berlin
+49 (0)30-314-737 27
+49 (0)30-314-273 31

Publications (selection)

Al-Naji, M.; Brandi, F.; Kumru, B.; Antonietti, A.; Plant-based Basic Carbocatalyst for Lactone Ring-Opening Polymerization and Isosorbide Transesterification with High Efficiency, ChemCatChem, (2022) e202201095.

Al-Naji, M; Brandi, F.; Drieß, M.: Rosowski, F.; From Lignin to Chemicals: An Expedition from Classical to Modern Catalytic Valorization Technologies, Chem. Ing. Tech. 94 (2022) 1611–1627.

Brandi, F.; Al-Naji, M.: Sustainable Sorbitol Dehydration to Isosorbide using Solid Acid Catalysts: Transition from Batch Reactor to Continuous Flow System, ChemSusChem, 15 (2022), e202102525.

Qing, Q.; Brandi, F.; Badamdorj, B.; Oschatz, M.; Al-Naji, M.: Preparation and functionalization of free-standing nitrogen-doped carbon-based catalyst electrodes for electrocatalytic N2 Fixation, Molecular Catalysis, 515 (2021) 111935.

Brandi, F.; Antonietti, M.; Al-Naji, M.: Controlled lignosulfonate depolymerization via solvothermal fragmentation coupled with catalytic hydrogenolysis/hydrogenation in a continuous flow reactor, Green Chem., 23 (2021) 9894.

Smith, C.A.; Brandi, F.; Al-Naji, M.: Guterman, R.; Resin-supported iridium complex for low-temperature vanillin hydrogenation using formic acid in water, RSC Advances 11 (2021) 15835.

Brandi, B.; Khalil, I.; Antonietti, M.; Al-Naji, M.: Continuous flow production of isosorbide from aqueous-cellulosic derivable feed over sustainable heterogeneous catalysts, ACS sustainable Chem. Eng., 2 (2021) 927.

Al-Naji, M.; Schlaad, H.; Antonietti, M.: New (and Old) Monomers from Biorefineries to Make Polymer Chemistry More Sustainable, Macromol. Rapid Commun., (2020) 2000485.

Mendoza Mesa, J. A.; Brandi, F.; Shekova, I.; Antonietti, M.; Al-Naji, M.: p-Xylene from 2,5-dimethylfuran and acrylic acid using zeolite in continuous flow system, Green Chem., 22 (2020) 7398.

Al-Naji, M.; Popova, M.; Chen, Z.; Wilde, N.; Gläser, R.: Aqueous-phase hydrogenation of levulinic acid using formic acid as a sustainable reducing agent over Pt catalysts supported on mesoporous zirconia, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 8 (2020) 393.

Al-Naji, M.; Van Aelst, J.; Liao, Y.; d'Halluin, M.; Tian, Z.; Wang, C.; Gläser, R.; Sels, B. F.: Pentanoic acid from γ-valerolactone and formic acid using bifunctional catalysis, Green Chem., 22 (2020) 1171.


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Dr. Ina Czyborra, the Senator for Higher Education and Research, Health and Long-Term Care, is on an “excellence-tour” visiting all Clusters of Excellence in Berlin. This week, she made a stop at UniSysCat!

UniSysCat group leaders Majd Al-Naji and Markus Antonietti published a paper in “ChemSusChem”, which was also featured on the cover with creative artwork showing circular plastics economy.

A team of UniSysCat researchers reviewed the development of technologies for the catalytic valorization of lignin, a natural plant material, to valuable chemicals in biorefineries.