CMT – Center of Molecular Transformations



The project house CMT initiates, organizes and coordinates large scale research projects at the interface of chemistry, biology and process engineering.

The aim of CMT is to foster cooperation at RWTH Aachen University between partners that can contribute knowledge to the supply chain. CMT supports the partners in their search for suitable co-operation partners within industry or academia or in fund-raising for large scale projects. Ultimately, a unique and paramount knowledge pool will be built, where new and emerging scientific questions can be addressed instantly.

Building upon an existing history of interdisciplinary research, CMT is the first systematic approach to address needs in interdisciplinary research. The work of the Scientific integration teams is focused in particular on the timeframe before the start of large scale research-projects

Aims of Research

  • Develop sustainable methods and processes for molecular transformations
  • Create value from alternative carbon resources (biomass, CO2)
  • Research integrating chemo-catalysis, bio-catalysis and process engineering on a systems level
  • Joining the Disciplines


CMT consists of about 25 members contributing to the scientific excellence. They are group leaders in Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology and engineering.

CMT is open for new members that are interested in interdisciplinary research and extend their knowledge within the scope of research.


Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences - Faculty 1

Institute of Inorganic Chemistry
Chair of Organometallic Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jun Okuda

Institut of Organic Chemistry
Teaching and Research Area Organic Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Markus Albrecht
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Meike Niggemann

Chair of Organic Chemistry III
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Magnus Rueping

Institut of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry
Chair of Macromolecular Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. (RO) Bernhard Blümich
Teaching and Research Area Translational Molecular Catalysis
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Klankermayer
Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Walter Leitner
Teaching and Research Area Technical Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Marcel Liauw
Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Technical Chemistry
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Regina Palkovits

Chair of Botany
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Björn Usadel

Chair of Applied Microbiology
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lars Blank

Institute for Biology VI
Chair of Biotechnology
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lothar Elling
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich Schwaneberg

Chair of Molecular Biotechnology
Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Rainer Fischer

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - Faculty 4

Chair of Technical Thermodynamics
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. André Bardow
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Leonhard

AVT - Department of Chemical Engineering
Chair of Biochemical Engineering
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Büchs
Chair of Fluid Process Engineering
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Jupke
Chair of Process Systems Enginnering
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Mitsos
Teaching and Research Area Mechanical Process Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell
Chair of Chemical Process Engineering
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Wessling


Infrastructure on hand

You find the CMT office in the “Sammelbau Biologie” in Aachen Melaten. On the Campus, the disciplines are working closely together. The buildings of Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology and the new building NGP2 of the process engineering, are located here, offering the best infrastructure for large projects and collaborations.


CMT is currently involved in several large scale interdisciplinary research projects. Some examples are:

  • ACalNet, the Aachen-California Network of Academic Exchange
  • The NRW strategy project BioSC
  • Carbon2Chem®
  • GreenSolRes, a Horizon 2020-BBI-PPP project
  • Power-to-X (P2X), one of the large Kopernikus projects
  • SusChemSys 2.0 (Sustainable Chemical Synthesis), a graduate program and network
  • SINCHEM, an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

CMT is keen to start new projects, build consortia, attract funding, and administrate ongoing projects for its members.


Dr. rer. nat. Tobias Klement
Telefon: +49 241 80 205 62