Research interests

  • interfacial reactions of inorganic solids
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • operando spectroscopy
  • solid state reactions
  • acid-base chemistry on surfaces
  • carbon chemistry
  • chemistry of oxides
  • cluster chemistry
  • development of concepts for sustainable chemical energy conversion and storage

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2020 Vice president of Leopoldina
2018 Kultur-/Journalistenpreis der Eduard-Rhein-Stiftung
2017 Ruhrpreis für Kunst und Wissenschaft der Stadt Mülheim a. d. Ruhr
2017 ENI Award Energy Transition
2016 Innovation Prize of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia
2015 Alwin Mittasch Award
2011 Membership of Leopoldina
2010 Dechema Medal
1995 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
1994 Otto Bayer Prize

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl
Fritz Haber Institute of the MPI
Department of Inorganic Chemistry
Faradayweg 4–6
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 8413 4400
+49 (0)30 8413 4401

Publications (selection)

E. Willinger, Y. Yi, A. Tarasov, R. Blume, C. Massué, F. Girgsdies, C. Querner, E. Schwab, R. Schlögl, M.-G. Willinger, Atomic-scale insight on the increased stability of tungsten-modified platinum/carbon fuel cell catalysts, ChemCatChem 2016, 8, 1575–1582.

M. Zhu, T. C. R. Rocha, T. Lunkenbein, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schlögl, I. E. Wachs, Promotion mechanisms of iron oxide-based high temperature water–gas shift catalysts by chromium and copper, ACS Catalysis 2016, 6, 4455–4464.

X. Li, T. Lunkenbein, V. Pfeifer, M. Jastak, P. Kjaer Nielsen, F. Girgsdies, A. Knop-Gericke, S. Abate, R. Schlögl, A. Trunschke, Selective alkane oxidation by manganese oxide: site isolation of MnOx chains at the surface of MnWO4 nanorods, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016, 55, 4092–4096.

P. Schwach, W. Frandsen, M.-G. Willinger, R. Schlögl, A. Trunschke, Structure sensitivity of the oxidative activation of methane over MgO model catalysts: I. kinetic study, Journal of Catalysis 2015, 329, 560–573.

P. Schwach, N. Hamilton, M. Eichelbaum, L. Thum, T. Lunkenbein, R. Schlögl, A. Trunschke, Structure sensitivity of the oxidative activation of methane over MgO model catalysts: II. nature of active sites and reaction mechanism, Journal of Catalysis 2015, 329, 574–587.

M. Behrens, F. Studt, I. Kasatkin, S. Kühl, M. Hävecker, F. Abild-Pedersen, S. Zander, F. Girgsdies, P. Kurr, B.-L. Kniep, M. Tovar, R. W. Fischer, J. K. Nørskov, R. Schlögl, The active site of methanol synthesis over Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 industrial catalysts, Science 2012, 336, 893–897.

Y. Lei, F. Mehmood, S. Lee, J. P. Greeley, B. Lee, S. Seifert, R. E. Winans, J. W. Elam, R. J. Meyer, P. C. Redfern, D. Teschner, R. Schlögl, M. J. Pellin, L. C. Curtiss, S. Vajda, Increased silver activity for direct propylene epoxidation via subnanometer size effects, Science 2010, 328, 224–228.

J. Zhang, X. Liu, A. Blume, R. Schlögl, D. S. Su, Surface-modified carbon nanotubes catalyze oxidative dehydrogenation of n-butane, Science 2008, 322, 73–77.

D. Teschner, J. Borsodi, A. Wootsch, Z. Révay, M. Hävecker, A. Knop-Gericke, S. D. Jackson, R. Schlögl, The roles of subsurface carbon and hydrogen in palladium-catalyzed alkyne hydrogenation, Science 2008, 320, 86–89.

A. Thomas, A. Fischer, F. Goettmann, M. Antonietti, J. O. Müller, R. Schlögl, J. M. Carlsson, Graphitic carbon nitride materials: variation of structure and morphology and their use as metal-free catalysts, Journal of Materials Chemistry 2008, 18, 4893–4908.


R. Schlögl, S. Buller, Y. Ding, Cobalt on carbon nanotubes with enhanced oxygene, 2017, EP 17193447.4.

C. Massué, S.Cap, R. Schlögl, Ir-oxohydroxides for electrochemical oxidation of water and a method for the preparation thereof, 2017, EP16158670.

R. Schlögl, K. Mette, M. Behrens, J.P. Tessonnier, A. Bergmann, P. Strasser, Electrolytic water splitting using a carbon-supported MnOx-composite, 2013, WO 002013127920 A1.

M. Armbrüster, K. Kovnir, Yu. Grin, R. Schlögl, P. Gille, M. Heggen, M. Feuerbacher, Ordered cobalt-aluminium and iron-aluminium intermetallic compounds as hydrogenation catalysts, 2009, EP2241393.

M. Armbrüster, M. Schmidt, K. Kovnir, M. Friedrich, K. Weinhold, Yu. Grin, R. Schlögl, Methods of preparing, optionally supported, ordered intermetallic palladium gallium compounds, the compounds as such, and their use in catalysis, 2008, PCT/EP/2008/064668, WO2009062848.