Research interests

  • catalysis
  • colloids
  • kinetics
  • reaction engineering
  • membrane reactors
  • microemulsions
  • asymmetric hydrogenation
  • hydroformylation
  • partial oxidation of hydrocarbons
  • photocatalytic hydrogen production
  • CO2  utilization
  • techno-economic assessment

Research Units in UniSysCat

Awards (selection)

2016 Innovation Award of German Gas Industry

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Schomäcker
TU Berlin
Institute of Chemistry, Office TC 8
Straße des 17. Juni 124
10623 Berlin
+49 (0)30 314-24973
+49 (0)30 314-79552

Publications (selection)

V. Fleischer, R. Steuer, S. Parishan, R. Schomäcker, Investigation of the surface reaction network of the oxidative coupling of methane over Na2WO4/Mn/SiO2 catalyst by temperature programmed and dynamic experiments, Journal of Catalysis 2016, 341, 91–103.

K. Kailasam, A. Fischer, G. Zhang, J. Zhang, M. Schwarze, M. Schröder, X. Wang, R. Schomäcker, A. Thomas, Mesoporous carbon nitride-tungsten oxide composites for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution, ChemSusChem 2015, 8, 1404–1410.

C. A. Carrero, R. Schlögl, I. E. Wachs, R. Schomäcker, Critical literature review of the kinetics for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane over well-defined supported vanadium oxide catalysts, ACS Catalysis 2014, 4, 3357–3380.

C. A. Carrero, M. Kauer, A. Dinse, T. Wolfram, N. Hamilton, A. Trunschke, R. Schlögl, R. Schomäcker, High performance (VOx)n-(TiOx)m/SBA-15 catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane, Catalysis Science & Technology 2014, 4, 786–794.

R. Y. Parapat, M. Wijaya, M. Schwarze, S. Selve, M. Willinger, R. Schomäcker, Particle shape optimization by changing from an isotropic to an anisotropic nanostructure: preparation of highly active and stable supported Pt catalysts in microemulsions, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 796–805.

M. Schwarze, D. Stellmach, M. Schröder, K. Kailasam, R. Reske, A. Thomas, R. Schomäcker, Quantification of photocatalytic hydrogen evolution, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2013, 15, 3466–3472.

H. Nowothnick, A. Rost, T. Hamerla, R. Schomäcker, C. Müller, D. Vogt, Comparison of phase transfer agents in the aqueous biphasic hydroformylation of higher alkenes, Catalysis Science & Technology 2013, 3, 600–605.

T. Hamerla, A. Rost, Y. Kasaka, R. Schomäcker, Hydroformylation of 1-Dodecene with water-soluble rhodium catalysts with bidentate ligands in multiphase systems, ChemCatChem 2013, 5, 1854–1862.

B. Beck, M. Harth, N. G. Hamilton, C. Carrero, J. J. Uhlrich, A. Trunschke, S. Shaikhutdinov, H. Schubert, H. J. Freund, R. Schlögl, J. Sauer, R. Schomäcker, Partial oxidation of ethanol on vanadia catalysts on supporting oxides with different redox properties compared to propane, Journal of Catalysis 2012, 296, 120–131.

D. Teschner, G. Novell-Leruth, R. Farra, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schlögl, L. Szentmiklosi, M. A. Hevia, H. Soerijanto, R. Schomäcker, J. Perez-Ramerez, N. Lopez, In situ surface coverage analysis of RuO2-catalysed HCl oxidation reveals the entropic origin of compensation in heterogeneous catalysis, Nature Chemistry 2012, 4, 739–745.


M. Driess, B. Blom, M. Schmidt, R. Schomäcker, Catalyst used for hydroformylation of olefines, e.g. 1-octene or 1-dodecene, comprises N-heterocyclic silylene ligand, 2016, WO2017178536 A1.

R. Schomäcker, K. Reichert, J. Raase, Method for producing poly-L-lactic acid by directly polycondensating L-lactic acid, 2014, WO 2014173958 A1.

T. Schmidt, A. Wolf, O. F. Schlüter, T. Westermann, C. Mondelli, J. Perez-Ramirez, H. Soerijanto, R. Schomäcker, D. Teschner, R. Schlögl, P. K. S. Olribeo, H. P. Ramirejeu, D. Tescher, Process for the production of chlorine using a cerium oxide catalyst in an isothermic reactor, 2012, WO2013004651 A1.

R. Schomäcker, H. Nowothnick, A process for preparing biaryl compounds in a suzuki type reaction allowing product isolation and catalyst recycling in one step, 2010, WO2011020900 A2.

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The UniSysCat groups of R. van de Krol and R. Schomäcker propose to couple photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting with the hydrogenation of chemicals.

Five UniSysCat groups jointly investigated what happens when the orientation of a single functional group in a photocatalyst is reversed - the impact on catalytic performance is huge