Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung

Research publications

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Research publications 2016

Chemistry: a hammer for molecular bartering!

February 24, 2016

A safe variant of hydrocyanation gives chemists a versatile tool with a reversible function [more]

Research publications 2014

Coffee withdrawal

August 13, 2014

Coffee: It leaves some people feeling fit and refreshed; in others, it makes their heart race. Scientists have developed several decaffeination processes to allow even people who react badly to caffeine to enjoy a cup of the “black brew.” Kurt Zosel from the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Mülheim an der Ruhr came across one of these processes quite by chance in 1967. [more]


Patent solution in a canning jar

August 11, 2014

From shopping bags to shampoo bottles to plastic watering cans – many everyday objects both large and small might look very different if it hadn’t been for the invention of chemist and Max Planck researcher Karl Ziegler. It took the catalysts developed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung (coal research) to pave the way for the use of plastics in everyday items. [more]

Research publications 2013

The key to the treasure in wood

October 04, 2013

Using a simple, parallel approach, the components of lignin can be reworked for practical applications [more]

Catalysts team up with textiles

September 13, 2013

Simple textiles can be used with catalysts to enable complex chemical reactions [more]

Research publications 2011

Options for a new energy scenario

April 12, 2011

The regular recurrence of ‘all-time high’ oil prices is clear proof of the finite nature of fossil energy sources. [more]

Research publications 2010

Enzyme design with remote effects

February 15, 2010

Chemists in Mülheim devise a new way of optimising enzymes for industrial applications [more]

Research publications 2009

Energy-saving powder

November 11, 2009

Max Planck chemists are using a simple method to convert methane to methanol - something that has the potential to exploit previously unused reserves of natural gas. [more]

Research publications 2006

Coiled Stones

June 13, 2006

Chemists direct silicon oxide into a selected hierarchical structure - a mechanism that until now had only been found in nature [more]

Research publications 2005

The return of a classic to fuel production

December 14, 2005

Max Planck Institute of Coal Research celebrates 80 years of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis to make fuels out of coal [more]


Jugglers in the Chemistry Lab

May 08, 2005

Catalysts crank up chemical reactions. Without them, the large-scale production of chemicals would be unthinkable. And whoever finds the best catalysts can manufacture more efficiently than anyone else. [more]

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