The Campi ‘enable a collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to topics of particular social relevance,’ says Matthias Kleiner, President of the Leibniz Association.
The merging of the expertise of four top-flight science locations in the northeast of Germany shall create a world-class research collaboration. The collaboration of these four partner institutions is essential for covering all of the catalysis disciplines that are required for solving this important social problem. By combining the expertise in bio-, chemo- and photocatalysis, innovative plasma-based catalysis and process engineering, ComBiCat aims to develop catalyst systems for the sustainable production of chemicals and energy. At the same time, the project plans to develop ideas to convert waste materials into high-quality chemical products.
‘We have set ourselves three goals: the use of sustainable raw materials for the clean catalytic production of fuels and chemicals that play a key role in our daily lives; a holistic approach for the exploitation of biomass that has been previously inaccessible; and last, but not least, the creation of an interdisciplinary training platform, which shall produce a new generation of researchers who are in a position to think beyond the boundaries of their disciplines,’ says Prof. Paul Kamer, Head of Department at LIKAT and spokesperson of the ScienceCampus CombiCat.
Prof. Uwe Bornscheuer from the University of Greifswald’s Institute of Biochemistry explains: ‘I am thrilled that the ComBiCat Campus shall consolidate the long-standing contact to LIKAT and the University of Rostock’s Institute of Chemistry to enable investigations into interesting scientific questions, backed by solid financial support.’
The ComBiCat ScienceCampus is to be funded for a period of four years by the Leibniz Association and the partner institutions with total funds of € 1,132,800. 12 doctoral students will be trained as part of the project.
This media release was approved by all of the partner institutions.
Contact at the University of Greifswald
Prof. Dr. Uwe Bornscheuer
Institute of Biochemistry
Felix-Hausdorff-Straße 4, 17489 Greifswald
Tel.: +49 3834 420 4367