The first step of this journey was taken in 2007 when Christoph achieved his master’s degree in chemistry in Innsbruck. Then, he worked on his PhD as Max Planck fellow – jointly between the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin and the University of Innsbruck (supervised by Robert Schlögl and Bernhard Klötzer) – which he finished in 2011.
After stays as postdoctoral researcher in Berkeley, CA (as Erwin Schrödinger Fellow) and Innsbruck (as Senior Post Doc), he came to the TU Wien in 2013 where he was in charge of the model catalysis group and started his Habilitation on “Model Catalysis: Bridging the Gap from UHV to Atmospheric
Pressure by in situ Synchrotron Studies”. After finishing that in 2019, he became Assistant Professor in 2020 and Associate Professor in 2021.
In 2017, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (TUCAS), the follow-up proof-of-concept grant of which (TUCAS-CO2) was awarded last year. Also in 2021, Christoph joined the SFB TACO as co-PI of P10.
This October, Christoph will move his group to Styria and become „Professor for Electrochemical Energy Conversion“ and head of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Montan University Leoben. There, he will continue his work on studying and designing novel oxide-based catalysts (e.g. perovskites) for CO2 conversion and “Power-to-X” applications. Furthermore, he will expand his work on combining heterogeneous catalysis and electrochemistry for greenhouse gas utilization.