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Welcome to CATALIGHT

Transregional Collaborative Research Center TRR234

CATALIGHT is a collaborative research center hosted by Ulm University and Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena with additional project partners at Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz, Vienna University and the Institute for Photonic Technology Jena. CataLight explores the controlled linkage of molecular light-driven catalytic units with hierarchically structured soft matter matrices to convert solar radiation into chemical reactivity.  

Our Team




The integration of molecular light-driven catalysts into soft matter matrices can give control over charge transfer processes, photochemical reactivity and degradation resistance. To-date, the knowledge-based design of these materials is challenging as there is a fundamental lack of understanding of the underlying mechanisms which control component interactions, photochemical properties and overall catalytic activity.


Project Targets


Our teams will develop molecular light-driven chromophores and catalysts, and establish concepts for their integration into soft matter matrices. Hierarchical nanostructuring into membranes, colloids, and thin films will give unprecedented control over substrate and product transport, and will be used to tune catalytic self-regulation, stimuli-responsiveness and triggered repair. In-depth experimental and theoretical studies will provide fundamental insights into the mechanisms which govern catalytic reactivity and stability. CataLight will therefore establish general design concepts for light-driven molecular catalysts in soft matter matrices.


Our Vision


CataLight aims at designing artificial chloroplasts where molecular components are embedded in hierarchically structured soft matter to drive complex light-driven productive chemistry.


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