Scientific coordinator:

Prof. Dr. Alexander Auer
MPI CEC, Mülheim an der Ruhr

MAXNET Energy office:

Dr. Marion Tiedtke
MPI CEC, Mülheim an der Ruhr


The MAXNET Energy is a research cooperation that aims at obtaining a deeper understanding of basic processes in chemical energy conversion and the rational design of novel catalysts, materials and techniques.

The MAXNET Energy originated from the ENERCHEM initiative of the Max-Planck society that has successfully brought together scientists within the MPG from different fields of chemistry, physics and engineering.

The focus of the joined work are key reactions in energy conversion for which a deeper understanding of existing systems and intensive research for novel solutions are conducted. The span of the projects withing MAXNET Energy ranges from atomistic insight of catalytic reactions to details of engineering solutions for technical systems, from quantum simulation to synchrotron measurements and from synthetic chemistry to materials science.

Using carbon dioxide and solar hydrogen - this possible scenario for an energy economy demonstrates the importance of small molecules and their interconversion using state-of-the-art catalysis.

For a summary, see our landmark publication in on the research compound in "Green" :

  • MAXNET Energy – Focusing Research in Chemical Energy Conversion on the Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution
    Green. Volume 5, Issue 1-6, Pages 7–21, ISSN (Online) 1869-8778, ISSN (Print) 1869-876X, DOI: 10.1515/green-2015-0021, January 2016