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Master Student


David Topsever has commenced his master's thesis at our institute.
Welcome aboard, and best of luck with your studies!

Dr. Kirill Faust


On February 16, 2024, after years of dedicated work at the institute and during his current job, Kirill successfully defended his dissertation.

We celebrated his achievement with homemade treats and plenty of drinks. It was a fun and pleasant evening, filled with laughter.

Kirill, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Laboratory Tour


On February 7, 2024, a school class visited the Institute for Catalysis. Prof. Marko Hapke guided the students through the laboratories and explained to them the research activities carried out at the institute.





Laboratory Assistant


Since February 5, 2024, Josef Wagner has been supporting our team.
As a laboratory assistant, he will maintain our labs and ensure the smooth
operation of laboratory activities.
Welcome to the team, Josef!

Movie Night


On February 1st, 2024, to mark the end of the semester, we gathered for a movie night. The film of choice was "Icarus." 

The documentary follows filmmaker Bryan Fogel's daring experiment as he explores the use of performance-enhancing drugs to improve his amateur cycling performance. With the help of Grigori Rodchenkov, a key figure in the Russian anti-doping laboratory, Fogel delves into the murky world of doping in sports, uncovering shocking truths along the way. As the film progresses, the focus shifts to Rodchenkov's pivotal role in the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal.


Before diving into the movie, we ordered some delicious food. And what's a movie night without a little something special to sip on? That's where the Feuerzangenbowle came in. Watching the preparation of this traditional German drink was a spectacle in itself. And when we finally got to taste it, it was simply delicious.





Filmabend Feuerzangenbowle

Dipl.-Ing. Julian Süß


Julian has successfully defended his master's thesis. The subsequent celebration was much fun and lasts until the morning ours. 

Julian will stay at the JKU and start his disertation on February 1st, 2024.

Master Julian

Dipl.-Ing. Fabian Schmiedbauer


On December 1st, 2023 Fabian successfully defended his master's thesis. The subsequent celebration was very enjoyable, with good food, plenty of drinks, and a special type of "Faschingskrapfen". 

Fabian will stay at our institute and start his disertation on January 1st, 2024. 


Masterabschluss Fabian

Christmas Party


On November 24th, 2023 we had our Christmas party.
We started the celebration with bowling, then went to the restaurant Rox music & grill for burgers and beer, and later in the evening we visited "Frau Dietrich" for a nightcap.

It was, as always, a very fun and entertaining evening.

Dipl.-Ing. Simon Halas

16.11. 2023

Simon has successfully completed his master's thesis. Afterwards, we celebrated with nice food and plenty of drinks.
We wish you all the best for your future! 

Masterfeier Simon

Dipl.-Ing. John Samo


John has successfully completed his master's thesis. 
Afterwards, we celebrated with plenty of food and drinks.
John, we wish you all the best for your future!



Shyam Sundar Mothuku started as PostDoc at our institute on October 16th, 2023. Welcome and best of luck with your research work.

Habilitation Dr. Christoph Topf 


On October 9th, 2023 Dr. Christoph Topf successfully presented his habilitation, a milestone in his academic career. Dr. Topf's habilitation thesis, "New Strategies for Base-Metal-Catalyzed and Benign Hydrogenation Catalysts," attests to his excellent research in the field of catalysis. His work underscores his outstanding expertise and his role in advancing chemical research.

With companions, colleagues, and students gathering for the subsequent celebration, a buffet was prepared, and then a toast was raised to Christoph's success. Stories were exchanged, laughter filled the air over anecdotes, and Christoph endured a game or two. Christoph received congratulations from all around. It was a moment of joy, gratitude, and anticipation for the future adventures.

Master Students

02.10.2023 and 09.10.2023

In October Samuel Vorbach and Matthias Praus started their master theses at our institute.
Welcome and good luck for your studies. 

Dr.in Jessica Michalke


Jessica has succesfully defended her PhD thesis on
1st of September, 2023. 

At the party we got delicious lasagne and cakes. 
It was much fun and lasted until morning hours. 

Thanks for your funny ideas for videos and gifts
for the various celebrations. 

Jessi we wish you all the best for your future.
We will miss you. 

Jessi Rigo Jessi Rigo

Master Student


Amalia List started her master thesis at our institute on 07.08.2023. 
Much joy and success during this time.






Laila and Leander completed an internship
with us as part of the Young Scientists program. 


For one month they were introduced to the
world of chemistry by our lab assistant Sonja
and our PhD students.

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Young Scientists Award


For his outstanding dissertation Tim Gläsel recieved
the Young Scientists Award on July 3rd.


Congratulations for this accomplishment.

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Summer Kickoff Party


With a barbecue in Gini's garden we were able to end
the semester well, and could get the summerfeeling
started with the right amount of beer.


In charge of the food was clearly the head of the institut
who was crowned to the official grill master this day.
Fortunately he could safe a good meal for all of us.  

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Dr. Thomas Vielhaber



Thomas has succesfully defended his PhD thesis
on 7th of June, 2023. 


At the celebration there was plenty of food and cake and
the party lasted until morning hours.

Thomas we wish you all the best for your future!
We will miss your laughs and jokes!

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Movie Night


We started our movie night with pizza and beer.
Afterwards we watched the movie "Dark Waters".

The story dramatizes the case of the attorney Robert Bilott against the chemical manufacturing corporation DuPont after they contaminated a town with unregulated chemicals.

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Master Student 


Maximilian Bayer is our new master student.
Welcome and good luck with your master thesis. 

Dr. Daniel Timelthaler



Daniel has succesfully defended his PhD thesis on 3rd of February, 2023. 

Afterwards we got a delicious Lasagne and selfmade cakes. 
The party was much fun and lasted until morning hours. 

Daniel we wish you all the best for your future!
We will miss you!

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