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Dr. Moritz Wolf

Head of Team

Efficient Hydrogen Release

Kontakt

Telefon: +49 9131 85-27455
E-Mail: mo.wolf@fz-juelich.de

Adresse

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy
Egerlandstr. 3
91058 Erlangen
Germany

Research Interest

Moritz Wolf's 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 commodity 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.

Academic development

Since 10/2020:
Head of Team, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Helmholtz-Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg (IEK-11), Erlangen, Germany

09/2018 – 09/2020:
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Chair of Chemical Reaction Engineering (CRT), Erlangen, Germany

02/2018 – 06/2018:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town (UCT), Catalysis Institute and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis (c*change), Cape Town, South Africa

07/2017 – 02/2018:
Key Technology Manager, University of Cape Town (UCT), Catalysis Institute and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis (c*change), Cape Town, South Africa

02/2014 – 02/2018:
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town (UCT), Catalysis Institute and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis (c*change), Cape Town, South Africa
Thesis title: 'Phase transformations in supported cobalt Fischer-Tropsch model catalysts captured in situ' (Supervison: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Claeys)

10/2007 – 06/2013:
Dipl.-Ing. Chemical Engineering (MSc), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany
Thesis title: 'Storage of renewable electricity in biofuels – Modelling of a Fischer-Tropsch slurry reactor under dynamic operation' (Supervison: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Schaub)

Selected Awards

12/2020:
Best Oral Presentation Prize, Operando Characterization of Catalysts at Work (OperCat), international digital conference

09/2020:
EAM Starting Grant 2020, Cluster of Excellence Engineering of Advanced Materials (EAM), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

01/2020:
Grantee of the Emerging Talents Initiative (ETI), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

04/2019:
Nominee for the Best PhD Thesis Award, European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS)

04/2017:
European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) Student Travel Grant

01/2017:
Royal Society of Chemistry Poster Prize, Catalysis for Fuels Faraday Discussion, Cape Town, South Africa

11/2016:
Clariant Best Student Oral Award, Catalysis Society of South Africa (CATSA) 2016 Conference, Drakensberg, South Africa

05/2016 & 11/2016:
Catalysis Society of South Africa (CATSA) International Travel Grant

04/2016:
University of Cape Town (UCT) Conference Travel Grant

02/2015 – 01/2016:
DAAD one-year scholarship for German doctoral candidates abroad, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Publications

1. Wolf, M.; Raman, N.; Taccardi, N.; Horn, R.; Haumann, M.; Wasserscheid, P., Capturing spatially resolved kinetic data and coking of Ga-Pt Supported Catalytically Active Liquid Metal Solutions during propane dehydrogenation in situ. Faraday Discussions 2020, Accepted Manuscript.
2. Wolf, M.; Raman, N.; Taccardi, N.; Haumann, M.; Wasserscheid, P., Coke Formation during Propane Dehydrogenation over Ga−Rh Supported Catalytically Active Liquid Metal Solutions. ChemCatChem 2020, 12 (4), 1085-1094.
3. Wolf, M.; Gibson, E. K.; Olivier, E. J.; Neethling, J. H.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., In-depth characterisation of metal-support compounds in spent Co/SiO2 Fischer-Tropsch model catalysts. Catalysis Today 2020, 342, 71-78.
4. Wolf, M.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Water-induced deactivation of cobalt-based Fischer–Tropsch catalysts. Nature Catalysis 2020, 3.
5. Sebastian, O.; Nair, S.; Taccardi, N.; Wolf, M.; Søgaard, A.; Haumann, M.; Wasserscheid, P., Stable and Selective Dehydrogenation of Methylcyclohexane using Supported Catalytically Active Liquid Metal Solutions – Ga52Pt/SiO2 SCALMS. ChemCatChem 2020, Early View.
6. Farahani, M. D.; Wolf, M.; Mkhwanazi, T. P. O.; Claeys, M.; Friedrich, H. B., Operando experimental evidence on the central role of oxygen vacancies during methane combustion. Journal of Catalysis 2020, 390, 184-195.
7. Wolf, P.; Aubermann, M.; Wolf, M.; Bauer, T.; Blaumeiser, D.; Stepic, R.; Wick, C. R.; Smith, D. M.; Smith, A.-S.; Wasserscheid, P.; Libuda, J.; Haumann, M., Improving the performance of supported ionic liquid phase (SILP) catalysts for the ultra-low-temperature water–gas shift reaction using metal salt additives. Green Chemistry 2019.
8. Wolf, M.; Roberts, S. J.; Marquart, W.; Olivier, E. J.; Luchters, N. T. J.; Gibson, E. K.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Neethling, J. H.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Synthesis, characterisation and water-gas shift activity of nano-particulate mixed-metal (Al, Ti) cobalt oxides. Dalton Transactions 2019.
9. Wolf, M.; Gibson, E. K.; Olivier, E. J.; Neethling, J. H.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Water-Induced Formation of Cobalt-Support Compounds under Simulated High Conversion Fischer–Tropsch Environment. ACS Catalysis 2019, 9, 4902-4918.
10. Wolf, M.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Preparation of isolated Co3O4 and fcc-Co crystallites in the nanometre range employing exfoliated graphite as novel support material. Nanoscale Advances 2019, 1 (8), 2910-2923.
11. Wolf, M.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Capturing the interconnectivity of water-induced oxidation and sintering of cobalt nanoparticles during the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in situ. Journal of Catalysis 2019, 374, 199-207.
12. Raman, N.; Maisel, S.; Grabau, M.; Taccardi, N.; Debuschewitz, J.; Wolf, M.; Wittkämper, H.; Bauer, T.; Wu, M.; Haumann, M.; Papp, C.; Görling, A.; Spiecker, E.; Libuda, J.; Steinrück, H.-P.; Wasserscheid, P., Highly Effective Propane Dehydrogenation Using Ga-Rh Supported Catalytically Active Liquid Metal Solutions. ACS Catalysis 2019, 9 (10), 9499-9507.
13. Wolf, M.; Mutuma, B. K.; Coville, N. J.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Role of CO in the water-induced formation of cobalt oxide in a high conversion Fischer-Tropsch environment. ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 3985-3989.
14. Wolf, M.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Surfactant-free synthesis of monodisperse cobalt oxide nanoparticles of tunable size and oxidation state developed by factorial design. Materials Chemistry and Physics 2018, 213, 305-312.
15. Wolf, M.; Kotzé, H.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Size dependent stability of cobalt nanoparticles on silica under high conversion Fischer-Tropsch environment. Faraday Discussions 2017, 197, 243-268.
16. Niemantsverdriet, H. et al., Catalysis for Fuels: General discussion. Faraday Discussions 2017, 197, 165-205.
17. Holt, K. et al., Designing new catalysts for synthetic fuels: General discussion. Faraday Discussions 2017, 197, 353-388.
18. Wolf, M.; Fischer, N.; Claeys, M., Effectiveness of catalyst passivation techniques studied in situ with a magnetometer. Catalysis Today 2016, 275, 135-140.

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