Symbolic presentation of the concept of an artificial chloroplast

Light-driven Molecular Catalysts in Hierarchically Structured Materials

Synthesis and Mechanistic Studies
Symbolic presentation of the concept of an artificial chloroplast

Transregional Collaborative Research Center TRR234 - CataLight

CataLight is a transregional collaborative research center, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), hosted by the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Ulm University. CataLight's project partners are at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research Mainz, the University of Vienna, the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (IPHT), the Technical University Kaiserslautern-Landau, the Argonne National Lab Chicago, and the Ohio State University. CataLight explores the controlled linkage of molecular light-driven catalytic units with hierarchically structured soft matter matrices to convert solar radiation into chemical reactivity.

CataLight News

This year's International Symposioum on the Photochemistry and Photophysics of Coordination Compounds (ISPPCC) will take place at Ulm University at the end of July and is organized by members of CataLight. Registration and Abstract Submission (deadline for Oral Presentations 06/March/2023) are now open! Find more information on speakers and prices on
Chemist Prof. Ferdi Karadas from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, has received one of the coveted Georg Forster Research Awards and will investigate surface structures for photocatalytic applications during his 12-month research stay at Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) within the framework of the CataLight Project. The prestigious award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is given to excellent international researchers for their outstanding scientific achievements. 
The CataLight video, created by CataLight and Biofaction has been nominated as one of 174 films from 41 countries for the Science Film Festival. All films accepted into the annual official selection of the Science Film Festival are in competition for six awards bestowed at the festival. Organized by the Goethe-Institut in close cooperation with local partners, the Science Film Festival is a celebration of science communication in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Upcoming Events 

CataLight Conference
Workshops, tutorials, poster sessions, and ample opportunities to meet and mingle and discuss collaborations
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Member of the CataLysis Network

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The CataLysis network represents Germany's catalysis devoted collaborative research centers. Click on the link and learn more about our activies and the fundamental aspects of catalytic processes from different perspectives.

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Partner Institutions

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Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG (German Research Foundation​) - TRR 234 CataLight - 364549901