Markus Pschenitza, PhD Student

Raum: 3045, CRC
Tel.  : 54186
email: markus.pschenitza(at)

The supply of secure, clean, and sustainable energy is one of the most important scientific and technical challenge facing humanity in the 21st century. Of the various renewable energy sources, by far the largest resource is provided by the sun. An attractive method of sunlight harvesting is the photocatalytic conversion of CO2 into a fuel source. This would not only create a new energy supply but also contribute to the remediation of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration. Within the last years, we investigated the homogeneous photocatalytic reduction of CO2 using Rhenium and Iridium catalysts.

My research project:
Currently, we want to further improve the homogeneous systems by analyzing the impact of different irradiation parameters, catalyst systems and electron sources on the catalytic activity. Furthermore, we are working on the functionalization of silicon nanocrystals to develop new heterogeneous photocatalysts for the reduction of CO2.


Friederike Adams, Markus Pschenitza, Bernhard Rieger, ChemCatChem 2018, Accepted Article
"Yttrium-catalyzed Synthesis of Bipyridine-functionalized AB-Block Copolymers: Micellar Support for Photocatalytic Active Rhenium- Complexes"

Markus Pschenitza, Simon Meister, Bernhard Rieger, Chemical Communications, 2018, 54,03323-3326, Cover Page
"Positive Effect of 1,8-Diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undec-7-ene (DBU) on Homogeneous Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2"

M. Pschenitza, S. Meister, A. von Weber, A. Kartouzian, U. Heiz, B. Rieger, ChemCatChem 2016, 8,2688 –2695
"Suppression of Deactivation Processes in Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 Using Pulsed Light"