Fields of interest:
Homogeneous catalysis, organometallic chemistry, hydrogen storage, nanoscale catalysis, ionic liquids
Short biographical Information:
Martin Prechtl studied chemistry (1999-2004) at the Bergische University Wuppertal (Germany) and at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). He performed his PhD studies about metal polyhydride complexes for homogeneous catalysis at the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research (Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany), and obtained his Ph.D. from RWTH Aachen (Germany) in 2007 under supervision of Walter Leitner and David Milstein (Weizmann Institute/Rehovot, Israel). As Feodor-Lynen-Fellow of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation he performed research with Humboldt-Laureate Jairton Dupont at the “Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul” (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre (Brazil; 2007-2010) and with Thomas Braun and Erhard Kemnitz at the HU Berlin (2010) in the field of nanoscale catalysts in multiphase systems. He received the Scientist Returnee Award 2009 (MIWF-NRW) and accepted a call of the University of Cologne (Germany) as independent group leader in 2010.
His main interest is organometallic and nanoscale catalysis towards sustainable chemistry with a focus on hydrogen storage. The group develop molecular and nanoscale catalysts for their application in hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions.
He has more than 30 publications in scientific international journals, more than 20 oral and 40 poster presentations at scientific congresses and more than 50 invited talks at universities and research institutes around the globe. He also co-authored 6 book chapter contributions and is the editor of one book to be published in 2016.