Dr. Moritz Wolf
Head of Team
Efficient hydrogen release
AdresseForschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Moritz Wolf studied chemical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In February 2014 he started as a doctoral candidate at the Catalysis Institute of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. He received his doctorate for fundamental research on deactivation mechanisms in the cobalt-based Fischer-Tropsch synthesis with the thesis entitled 'Phase transformations in supported cobalt Fischer-Tropsch model catalysts captured in situ' in 2018. After additional six months as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UCT, he joined the Institute of Chemical Reaction Engineering at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in September 2018. At FAU, he conducted research on the performance and deactivation of novel supported liquid phase catalysts, namely Supported Catalytically Active Liquid Metal Solutions (SCALMS). Since October 2020, he is Head of Team at the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy (HI ERN) developing new catalysts and concepts for efficient chemical hydrogen storage.
His research focuses on the engineering of heterogeneous catalysts for efficient and sustainable storage of renewable energy in chemical energy carriers. He is interested in chemical hydrogen storage, the seminal valorisation of carbon dioxide, as well as the environmentally friendly 'green' production of synthetic fuels and industrial base chemicals. The development of model catalysts for the isolation of various aspects of catalysis and catalyst deactivation are his specific areas of expertise, which are closely related to material science and chemistry. His research activities range from the synthesis of well-defined nanoparticles and other inorganic materials to chemical reaction engineering. The morphology, surface characteristics and bulk properties of catalysts are analysed using classical characterisation techniques (microscopy, spectroscopic and diffraction techniques, elemental analysis, adsorption methods, thermal analysis) to investigate the relationship between structure-reactivity and structure-stability in catalysis. Sophisticated in situ characterisation under reaction conditions complete his research profile and are of utmost importance for the assessment of the catalyst properties at work.