The e-Conversion Subgroup

We work on the application of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for energy conversion. Our MOF-based catalysts show an outstanding electrocatalytic performance towards the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Another example involved a MOF-templated approach towards developing platinum nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution which exhibits a superior electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Some of our ongoing research targets synergistic MOF-molecular photosystems host-guest associations as well as rational tuning of MOF ligands and nodes towards electrocatalytic processes. Our current projects include:

  • water-splitting electrocatalysis
  • light-driven carbon dioxide reduction reaction (CO2R) photocatalysis
  • atom-precise nanoparticle (NP) templating
  • engineered molecular hosting nanoreactors
  • novel deposition techniques for highly ordered thin-film and active surface-anchored MOFs (SURMOFs).

Our research is typically supported by a wide range of ex-situ and in-situ characterisation techniques to understand the growth, functionalisation and (photo)electrochemical performance of our materials. We strive with the help of many national and international collaborators for time-resolved spectroscopy, sophisticated deposition techniques and materials to lead to higher discoveries!

Host-Guest Interactions in Metal-Organic Framework Isoreticular Series for Molecular Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction 

P. M. Stanley, J. Haimerl, C. Thomas, A. Urstoeger, M. Schuster, N. B. Shustova, A. Casini, B. Rieger, J. Warnan, R. A. Fischer

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202160, 17854


Advanced Bifunctional Oxygen Reduction and Evolution Electrocatalyst Derived from Surface‐Mounted Metal–Organic Frameworks

W. Li, Song Xue, S. Watzele, S. Hou, J. Fichtner, A. L. Semrau, L. Zhou, A. Welle, A. S. Bandarenka, R. A. Fischer

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 5837


Unprecedented High Oxygen Evolution Activity of Electrocatalysts Derived from Surface-Mounted Metal–Organic Frameworks

W. Li, S. Watzele, H. A. El-Sayed, Y. Liang, G. Kieslich, A. S. Bandarenka, K. Rodewald, B. Rieger, R. A. Fischer

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 5926


Generation and Stabilization of Small Platinum Clusters Pt12±x Inside a Metal–Organic Framework

K. Kratzl, T. Kratky, S. Günther, O. Tomanec, R. Zbořil, J. Michalička, J. M. Macak, M. Cokoja, R. A. Fischer

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 13962

Natalia B. Shustova, University of South Carolina, USA & Hans Fischer Fellow of the TUM-IAS

Radek Zbořil, Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Aliaksandr B. Bandarenka, TUM

Sebastian Günther, TUM