Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2017
    Professor / Head of Research Department; Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) at the University of Rostock, Germany

  • 2014 – 2016
    Research Group Leader, MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany; AG "Nanobased Heterogeneous Catalysts"

  • 2010 – 2014
    BMBF Junior Research Group Leader at Ruhr-University Bochum, Industrial Chemistry

  • 2008 – 2010
    Postdoctoral Research, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • 2004 – 2008
    PhD studies in Industrial Chemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

  • 1999 – 2004
    Diploma studies in Chemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Selected publications

  • M. Dilla, R. Schlögl, J. Strunk, “Photocatalytic CO2 reduction under continuous flow high-purity conditions: Quantitative evaluation of CH4 formation in the steady state”, ChemCatChem 9 (2017) 696.

  • A. Pougin, M. Dilla, J. Strunk, “Identification and exclusion of intermediates of photocatalytic CO2 reduction on TiO2 under conditions of highest purity”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18 (2016) 10809.

  • S. Buller, J. Strunk, “Nanostructure in energy conversion” (Invited Review paper, with journal cover), J. Energy Chem. 25 (2016) 171.

  • S. Ristig, N. Cibura, J. Strunk, “Manganese oxides in heterogeneous (photo)catalysis: Possibilities and Challenges” (Review paper), GREEN 5 (2015) 23.

  • A. Lüken, M. Muhler, J. Strunk, “On the role of gold nanoparticles in the selective photooxidation of 2-propanol over Au/TiO2”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 17 (2015) 10391.

  • S. Chu, A.E. Becerikli, B. Kortewille, F. Oropeza, J. Strunk, “Tin-grafted TiO2 with enhanced activity for photocatalytic hydrogen generation from aqueous methanol solutions”, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 39 (2014) 18784.

  • B. Mei, C. Wiktor, S. Turner, A. Pougin, G. van Tendeloo, R.A. Fischer, M. Muhler, J. Strunk, „Evidence for metal-support interactions in Au-modified TiOx/SBA-15 materials prepared by photodeposition”, ACS Catal. 3 (2013) 3041.

  • B. Mei, A. Pougin, J. Strunk, „Influence of photodeposited gold nanoparticles on the photocatalytic activity of titanate species in the reduction of CO2 to hydrocarbons”, J. Catal. 306 (2013) 184.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • BMBF Junior Research Group PhotoKat: "Development of Active and Selective Heterogeneous Photocatalysts for the Reduction of CO2 to C1 Platform Chemicals", 033RC1007A, 2010 – 2014

  • Junior-PI within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence "RESOLV – Ruhr Explores Solvation" at Ruhr-University Bochum, 2012 – 2014

  • Mercator Research Center Ruhr, "Photoactive Oxide Materials for the Visible Spectral Range", Project Pr-2013-0047, 2014 – 2017

  • BMBF Project PROPHECY "Process concepts for photocatalytic CO2 reduction associated with life-cycle analysis" (033RC003), 2016 – 2019

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • DECHEMA – Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie

  • German Chemical Society (GDCh)

  • Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Organization of scientific conferences / workshops

  • Support / Mentorship for (female) young academics

  • Strategies for mitigation of global warming

  • Technology transfer: Academia to industry

  • Structural Changes ("Strukturwandel") in the metropolitan region Rhein-Ruhr ("Ruhrgebiet")


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