Research Profile


We have been dedicated to researching catalysis for 70 years. It all started with research efforts for the production of artificial butter in the post-war period. Today, the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis e.V. (LIKAT Rostock) is one of the largest publicly funded catalysis institutes in Europe. LIKAT Rostock explores the phenomena of catalysis from the basic principles and develops innovative solutions for the implementation of scientific findings in cooperation with industry.



Focusing on the Global Challenges

Catalysis is the science of accelerating chemical transformations. Catalysts get chemical reactants moving: they enable, control and accelerate chemical and biochemical processes. In the chemical industry, catalysts help to save energy and raw materials. They increase yields and avoid by-products by enabling starting materials to react specifically and selectively at the molecular level. The catalyst itself is not consumed in the process.

Catalysis is indispensable for the needs of today's society - more than 80 % of all chemical products undergo a catalyzed process at least once in their manufacture.

High-performance catalysts already ensure that chemical reactions are carried out in a way that conserves resources, increases yields, avoids by-products and reduces specific energy requirements. They are the key to an economically and ecologically optimized value creation and a central instrument for increasing the sustainability and economic efficiency of chemical production processes.

With their topics, researchers at LIKAT are addressing major goals of the global community: climate-neutral society, food security, preservation of the natural environment, protection against pandemics.