Christopher Thomas, M.Sc.


Raum: CRC 3045

Telefon: 54186

email: christopher.thomas(at)

The reduction of the abundant greenhouse gas CO2 is a promising approach to establish a new carbon resource. An environmentally friendly procedure for this synthesis utilizes sunlight to provide the required energy for the reaction. Rhenium based photocatalysts promise a selective and efficient conversion of CO2 to CO; however, these complexes suffer from inadequate activity and poor stability.

My Research Project:

My work focuses on the synthesis of novel multimetallic photocatalysts and the attachment of various photocatalyst derivatives to semiconductors. These resulting dendrimers and hybrid systems are examined on improved catalytic performance in irradiation experiments. 


  1. Johannes D. Bartl, Christopher Thomas, Alex Henning, Martina F. Ober, Gökcen Savasci,
    Bahar Yazdanshenas, Peter S. Deimel, Elena Magnano, Federica Bondino, Patrick Zeller, Luca Gregoratti,
    Matteo Amati, Claudia Paulus, Francesco Allegretti, Anna Cattani-Scholz, Johannes V. Barth,
    Christian Ochsenfeld, Bert Nickel, Ian D. Sharp, Martin Stutzmann, Bernhard Rieger, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, online view,
    "Modular Assembly of Vibrationally and Electronically Coupled Rhenium Bipyridine Carbonyl Complexes on Silicon"
  2. Philip M. Stanley, Johanna Haimerl, Christopher Thomas, Alexander Urstoeger, Michael Schuster, Natalia B. Shustova, Angela Casini, Bernhard Rieger, Julien Warnan, Roland A. Fischer, Angewandte Chemie 2021, 60, 33, 17854-17860
    "Host-Guest Interactions in Metal-Organic Framework Isoreticular Series for Molecular Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction"
  3. Philip M. Stanley, Christopher Thomas, Erling Thyrhaug, Alexander Urstoeger, Michael Schuster, Jürgen Hauer, Bernhard Rieger, Julien Warnan, Roland A. Fischer, ACS Catal. 2021, 11, 871-882
    "Entrapped Molecular Photocatalyst and Photosensitizer in Metal−Organic Framework Nanoreactors for Enhanced Solar CO2Reduction"