Research interests

  • chemical colloids
  • porous polymers and carbons
  • synthesis of novel polymers and sol-gel materials
  • catalysts for green chemistry and carbon negative chemistry cycles
  • energy catalysis
  • artificial photosynthesis and photocatalysis

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2016 Liebig Medal of the German Chemical Society (GDCh)
2016 Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize of French Ministry of Higher Education and Research
2011 Georg-Wittig-Victor-Grignard French–German Prize of German and French Chemical Societies (GDCh and SCF) Honorary Professor at U Stockholm (Sweden)
2009 Gold Medal of UK Macro Group
2008 European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant on Hydrothermal and Ionothermal Chemistry for Sustainable Materials
2006 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)
2005 Honorary Professor at Hefei University (China)
2003 Goldschmidt-Elhuyar Prize of the Real Sociedad Espanola de Quimica (Spain)

Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti
Max-Planck-Institut für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung
Am Mühlenberg 1
14424 Potsdam
+49 (0)331 567-9501
+49 (0)331 567-9502
UniSysCat Publications

Publications (selection)

M. Ledendecker, S. K. Calderon, C. Papp, H. P. Steinruck, M. Antonietti, M. Shalom, The synthesis of nanostructured Ni5P4 films and their use as a non-noble bifunctional electrocatalyst for full water splitting, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 54, 12361–12365.

G. Vile, D. Albani, M. Nachtegaal, Z. P. Chen, D. Dontsova, M. Antonietti, N. Lopez, J. Perez-Ramirez, A stable single-site palladium catalyst for hydrogenations, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2015, 38, 11265–11269.

M. Grzelczak, J. S. Zhang, J. Pfrommer, J. Hartmann, M. Driess, M. Antonietti, X. C. Wang, Electro- and photochemical water oxidation on ligand-free Co3O4 nanoparticles with tunable sizes, ACS Catalysis 2013, 3, 383–388.

X. H. Li, M. Antonietti, Metal nanoparticles at mesoporous N-doped carbons and carbon nitrides: functional Mott-Schottky heterojunctions for catalysis, Chemical Society Reviews 2013, 42, 6593– 604.

X. Wang, X. C. Wang, M. Antonietti, Polymeric graphitic carbon nitride as a heterogeneous organocatalyst: from photochemistry to multipurpose catalysis to sustainable chemistry, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2012, 51, 68–89.

X. C. Wang, S. Blechert, M. Antonietti, Polymeric graphitic carbon nitride for heterogeneous photocatalysis, ACS Catalysis 2012, 2, 1596–1606.

S. A. Wohlgemuth, R. J. White, M. G. Willinger, M. M. Titirici, M. Antonietti, A one-pot hydrothermal synthesis of sulfur and nitrogen doped carbon aerogels with enhanced electrocatalytic activity in the oxygen reduction reaction, Green Chemistry 2012, 14, 1551–1523.

X. H. Li, X. C. Wang, M. Antonietti, Mesoporous g-C3N4 nanorods as multifunctional supports of ultrafine metal nanoparticles: hydrogen generation from water and reduction of nitrophenol with tandem catalysis in one step, Chemical Science 2012, 3, 2170–2174.

W. Yang, T. P. Fellinger, M. Antonietti, Efficient metal-free oxygen reduction in alkaline medium on high-surface-area mesoporous nitrogen-doped carbons made from ionic liquids and nucleobases, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 206–209.

W. H. Li, J. S. Chen, X. C. Wang, J. H. Sun, M. Antonietti, Metal-free activation of dioxygen by graphene/g-C3N4 nanocomposites: Functional dyads for selective oxidation of saturated hydrocarbons, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 8074–8077.


F. Schueth, R. Palkovits, C. Baltes, M. Antonietti, A. Thomas, Method for oxidizing methane, 2010, WO2011009429 A1.

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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.