60 years of know-how in catalysis serve as the basis for the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock). In 1952 the Rostock-based professors Günther Rienäcker and Wolfgang Langenbeck, in founding the Institute for Catalysis Research in Rostock, created the first research institute in Europe to be dedicated solely to catalysis.

By using high-performance catalysts, chemical reactions take place in a way which spares resources, increasing the yield, avoiding by-products and reducing the specific energy requirement. It is only possible to meet the global demand for an efficient use of all resources by making use of efficient catalysis research. Already, four out of five chemical products undergo a cycle of catalysis during their manufacture. To an increasing degree, applications of catalysis – apart from their use in chemistry - are also to be found in the life sciences and in the sourcing of energy, as well as in the protection of the environment.

The following points of emphasis in the programme define the institute's research activity:

- Applied sustainable processes of catalysis
- Innovative methods and technologies for catalysis
- Molecularly-defined catalyses – special (metal)organic syntheses and catalyses


Leibniz Institute for Catalysis
(LIKAT Rostock)
Albert-Einstein-Str. 29 a
18059 Rostock, Germany 

Dr. Barbara Heller

Phone +49 (0) 381/ 1281 146
Fax +49 (0) 381/ 1281 51 146