1952 Founded as the first research institute for catalysis in Europe - research efforts for the production of artificial butter in the post-war period
1959 Division into two separate institutions: Institute for Organic Catalysis (IfOK) in Rostock & Institute for Applied Chemistry Berlin-Adlershof (ACA)
2003 Admission of the IfOK to the Leibniz Association
2005 Moving into the new building in Rostock Südstadt
2006 Merger of IfOK and ACA into LIKAT Rostock, today one of the largest publicly funded research institutes in the field of applied catalysis
2009 Extension building house 1, Berlin colleagues move to Rostock
2014 Moving into new building house 2
2019 Construction start of transfer technical centre
2022 Moving into transfer technical centre
Report on the Nazi Past by Prof. Dr Günther Rienäcker and Prof. Dr Wolfgang Langenbeck
Prof. Dr. Günther Rienäcker and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Langenbeck were the founding fathers of LIKAT. Their lives are a mirror of German history - including its dark times of dictatorship and oppression. They show: Science is not an ivory tower of self-sufficient scientific activity. Scientists bear responsibility for society. LIKAT is committed to this responsibility, which also includes dealing openly and transparently with its own past.
On behalf of LIKAT, the historian Dr. Florian Detjens has prepared a report.
The report and a summary are available here (initially only) in German.