The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis


The Leibniz Institute for Catalysis is the largest publicly-funded research institute in Europe in the area of applied catalysis. Its areas of expertise are arranged both according to the various methods employed and according to the materials being studied. The following points of emphasis in the programme define the institute's research activity:

- Applied sustainable processes of catalysis
- Innovative methods and technologies for catalysis
- Molecularly-defined catalysis – special (metal)organic syntheses and catalysis


Professor Johannes de Vries is head of the Catalysis with renewable resources department of the Leibniz Institute fot Catalysis. This department focuses on micro reaction engineering and inorganic functional materials. Prevously, he combined a professorate at the University of Groningen on homogenous catalysis for fine chemicals and a position as Principal scientist at DSM Innovative Syntheses.