Selected Publications

Anion effect controlling the selectivity in the zinc-catalysed copolymerisation of CO2 and cyclohexene oxide

Sait Elmas, Muhammad Afzal Subhani, Walter Leitner and Thomas E. Müller

Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2015, 11, 42–49


Concurrent Hydrogenation of Aromatic and Nitro Groups over Carbon-Supported Ruthenium Catalysts

Patrick Tomkins, Ewa Gebauer-Henke, Walter Leitner and Thomas E. Müller

ACS Catalysis 2015, 5-1, 203


Nitro Promoters for Selectivity Control in the Core Hydrogenation of Toluidines: Controlling Adsorption on Catalyst Surfaces

Ewa Gebauer-Henke, Patrick Tomkins, Walter Leitner and Thomas E. Müller

ChemCatChem 2014, 6, 2910 – 2917


Synthesis of Methyl-N-phenyl carbamate from Aniline and Methyl formate as Carbonylating Agent

Mohammad S. Yalfani, Giulio Lolli, Aurel Wolf, Leslaw Mleczko, Thomas E. Müller and Walter Leitner

ChemSusChem, 2015.


Dream Production

Carbon dioxide (CO2) as sustainable feedstock for polyurethane production

Jens Langanke, Aurel Wolf, Jörg Hofmann, Katrin Böhm, Muhammad A. Subhani, Thomas E. Müller, Walter Leitner and Christoph Gürtler

Green Chem. 2014, 16, 1865


Salophen catalysts

Highly active Cr(III) catalysts for the reaction of CO2 with epoxides

Sait Elmas, Muhammad A. Subhani, Marcus Harrer, Walter Leitner, Jörg Sundermeyer and Thomas E. Müller

Catal. Sci. Technol. 2014, 4, 1652


CO-Ethylene Copolymers

The microstructure and melt properties of CO–ethylen ecopolymers with remarkably low CO content

Saeeda S. Soomro, Daniela Cozzula, Walter Leitner, Henning Vogt and Thomas E. Müller

Polym. Chem, 2014, 5, 3831


Activation of CO2

Facile insertion of CO2 into metal–phenoxide bonds

Sait Elmas, M. Afzal Subhani, Henning Vogt, Walter Leitner and Thomas E. Müller

Green Chem. 2013, 15, 1356


Activation of Methyl Formate

Methyl formate as a carbonylating agent for the catalytic conversion of phenol to methyl phenyl carbonate

Mohammad S. Yalfani, Giulio Lolli, Aurel Wolf, Leslaw Mleczko, Thomas E. Müller and Walter Leitner

Green Chem. 2013, 15, 1146


Carbon Capture and Utilization

Worldwide Innovations in the Development of Carbon Capture Technologies and the Utilization of CO2

Peter Markewitz, Wilhelm Kuckshinrichs, Walter Leitner, Jochen Linssen, Petra Zapp, Richard Bongartz, Andrea Schreiber and Thomas E. Müller

Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 7281


DMC Catalyst

Hybrid sol–gel double metal cyanide catalysts for the copolymerisation of styrene oxide and CO2

Yvonne Dienes, Walter Leitner, Merlin G. J. Müller, Willem K. Offermans, Tobias Reier, Alexander Reinholdt, Thomas E. Weirich and Thomas E. Müller

Green Chem. 2012, 14, 1168 


Surface Intermediates

Controlling selectivity in the reaction network of aldoxime hydrogenation to primary amines

Ewa Gebauer-Henke, Walter Leitner, Angelina Prokofieva, Henning Vogt and Thomas E. Müller

Catal. Sci. Technol. 2012, 2 2539 


Utilization of CO2

Chemical Technologies for Exploiting and Recycling Carbon Dioxide into the Value Chain

Martina Peters, Burkhard Köhler, Wilhelm Kuckshinrichs, Walter Leitner, Peter Markewitz and Thomas E. Müller

ChemSusChem, 2011, 4, 1216 


Oxidative Carbonylation

Adapting a Wacker-type catalyst system to the palladium-catalyzed oxidative carbonylation of aliphatic polyols

Franco Doro, Patrick Winnertz, Walter Leitner, Angelina Prokofieva and Thomas E. Müller

Green Chem. 2011, 13, 292


Nanoparticles for Oxidation

Nanoparticle catalysed oxidation of sulfides to sulfones by in situ generated H2O2 in supercritical carbon dioxide/water biphasic medium

Kumar, S.K.; Greiner, L.; Kraynov, A.; Müller, T.E.; Niemeijer, B.; Leitner, W.

Chem.Comm. 2010, 46(36), 6705 


Unexpectedly High Catalytic Activity of Ruthenium Catalysts in the Hydrogenation of Nitrobenzene

Alexander Kraynov, Ewa Gebauer, Walter Leitner, Thomas E. Müller, International Scientific Journal for Alternative Energy and Ecology (ISJAEE) 2010, 84, 37


Diastereomer Control in the Hydrogenation of o- and p-Toluidine over Ruthenium Catalysts

Ewa Gebauer-Henke, Lena Blumenthal, Henning Vogt, Georg Voss, Thomas E. Müller, International Scientific Journal for Alternative Energy an Ecology (ISJAEE) 2010, 84, 29 


Hybrid catalysts made easy

Thomas E. Müller, tce, may 2009


CO2 - From waste to value

Martina Peters, Walter Leitner , Thomas E. Müller, tce, march 2009 


Hydroamination – Direct Addition of Amines to Alkenes and Alkynes

Thomas E. Müller, Kai C. Hultzsch, Miguel Yus, Francisco Foubelo, Mizuki Tada

Chemical Reviews, 2008, 108(9), 3795


Nanoparticles in IL

Corrugated Ionic Liquid Surfaces with Embedded Polymer Stabilized Platinum Nanoparticles

Richard Knapp, Sonja A. Wyrzgol, Manuela Reichelt, Tobias Hammer, Harald Morgner, Thomas E. Müller and Johannes A. Lercher, J.

Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114(32), 13722


Nitrile Hydrogenation

Identification of reaction intermediates during hydrogenation of CD3CN on Raney-Co

Peter Schärringer, Thomas E. Müller, Andreas Jentys, Johannes A. Lercher, J.

Catal. 2009, 263(1) 34 


Selected lectures

  • M. Peters, 2nd International TMFB Workshop, Aachen, 24th – 25th June 2009: Rational solvent selection for the processing of biofeedstocks.
  • M. Peters, International conference on carbon dioxide utilization, Tianjin, China, 17th - 23rd May 2009: Worldwide innovations in the development of the CCS-technology and possibilities for the use and the recycling of CO2.
  • M. Peters, COSMO-RS Symposium, Leverkusen 31st March – 1st April 2009: A computational approach to solvent selection for biphasic reaction systems.
  • A. Kraynov,S. Winterle V. Chumpeanu, J. Klankermayer, M. Liauw, W. Leitner. 42. Jahres­treffen Deutscher Katalytiker, Weimar 13th March 2008: Metal Nanoparticles in Ionic Liquid and Solid Matrices: Preparation, Characterisation and Application in Catalysis.
  • A. Kraynov, D. Chen, V. Cimpeanu, J. Klankermayer, W. Leitner. Green Solvents - Progress in Science and Application, September 28 - October 01, 2008, Lake Constance, Friedrichshafen, Germany: Enantioselective heterogeneous hydrogenation of ß-ketoesters over chiral ionic-liquid-modified metal catalysts.
  • Igor Busygin, Antti Taskinen, Ville Nieminen, Reko Leino, Dmitry Yu. Murzin. 12th International Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Catalysis, ICTAC-12, Varna</st1:City>, Bulgaria, June 25-29, 2008: Chiral Induction in the Hydrogenation of a-Hydroxyketones over Pt Catalyst.
  • Christoph Gürtler, Thomas E. Müller, Scientific conference and workshop: "Dream Reactions - Synthesis and Processes for Sustainable Chemistry", Aachen: "Sustainable Industrial Catalysis", April 26, 2008
  • Thomas E. Müller, Universität zu Köln, Köln: "Concept and application of thin films of supported ionic liquids in catalysis", April 14, 2008
  • Thomas E. Müller, ACS Conference, New Orleans: "CO2 Fixation in Polymers", April 8, 2008
  • Thomas E. Müller, Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker, Weimar, "Sequential hydroformylation and reductive amination in the selective synthesis of primary amines from alkenes", February 27, 2008
  • Thomas E. Müller, ProcessNet, Aachen: "Reaction engineering aspects of nitrile hydrogenation in liquid ammonia", Oktober 17, 2007
  • Thomas E. Müller, GDCh Jahrestagung, Ulm: "Tailoring catalyst activity and selectivity by utilisation of enhanced substrate-catalyst interactions in supported ionic liquids", September 17, 2007

Selected conference contributions

  • Konferenzbericht 42. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker
  • M. Peters, 42. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker, Weimar, 11th – 13th March 2009: Worldwide innovations in the development of the CCS-technology and possibilities for the use and the recycling of CO2.
  • Igor Busygin, Giulia Erre, Christoph Gürtler, Anthony Kermagoret, Walter Leitner, Willy Offermans, Afzal Subhani, Thomas E. Müller, JCC 2009, 22.-23.January 2009, Reims, France: Investigations into the Polymerization of CO2 and Epoxides.
  • S. Winterle, A. Kraynov, J. Klankermayer, W. Leitner, and M. A. Liauw42. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker. 11.-13. March, Weimar, Germany: Catalytic Conversion of Carbohydrate Derivatives with Metal Nanoparticles.
  • Willy Offermans, Igor Busygin, Giulia Erre, Anthony Kermagoret, Afzal Subhani, Christoph Gürtler, Thomas E. Müller, Walter Leitner. 42. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker. 11.-13. March, Weimar, Germany: Kinetic and mechanistic model for the copolymerization of epoxides and carbon dioxide.
  • J. Klankermayer, A. Kraynov, W. Leitner, M. Liauw, T. Müller, S. Winterle, H. Vogt. Conference on Catalysis Frontier in catalysis and material chemistry. IDECAT 19-24 May 2009, Porquerolles: Hydrogenation Reactions over Metal Nanoparticles Immobilized in Functionalized Ionic Liquids.
  • Igor Busygin, Antti Taskinen, Ville Nieminen, Reko Leino, Dmitry Yu. Murzin. 14th International Congress on Catalysis, 14th ICC, Seoul Korea July 13-18, 2008: Chiral Induction in the Hydrogenation of a-Hydroxyketones over Pt Catalyst.
  • Prokofieva, A.; Prikhod’ko, A. I.; Dechert, S.; Meyer, F., 23rd International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC), Rennes, France, 13-18 July, 2008: Selective benzylic C-C coupling catalyzed by a bioinspired dicopper complex.
  •  A. Kraynov, D. Chen, V. Cimpeanu, J. Klankermayer, W. Leitner: Scientific conference and workshop: "Dream Reactions – Synthesis and Processes for Sustainable Chemistry", Aachen, April 23 – 26, 2008: Enantioselective heterogeneous Hydrogenation of ß-Ketoesters over Chiral Ionic-Liquid-Modified Metal Catalysts.

Patent applications

  • Since the opening of CAT Catalytc Center in February of 2008 a large number of patent applications were filed.