Martin Prechtl is a Professor of Chemistry at Roskilde University. His group develops molecular and nanoscale metal catalysts for application in (de)hydrogenation reactions. Based on his achievements about C1-molecule activation he works on activation for the conversion of formaldehyde, formic acid, MeOH and CO2. He received several recognitions, among those he is a FRSC and a Humboldt-Fellow and he holds the Ernst-Haage-Prize 2014 of the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion for his achievements on formaldehyde reforming. He published the book “Nanocatalysis in Ionic Liquids” as editor for Wiley, and authored more than 60 articles and book chapters, holds two patents on formaldehyde and gave over 130 oral presentations on conferences or as invited lecture at research institutions.
Before Roskilde he performed research in Wuppertal, Bridgetown, São Paulo, Aachen (PhD awarded in 2007), Mülheim/Ruhr (PhD), Porto Alegre (postdoc: 2007-2010), Berlin (postdoc: 2010) and Cologne (Venia Legendi for Inorganic Chemistry awarded in 2015).
He enjoys outdoor activities, sports, poetry, cooking, and studying Scandinavian and Romance languages and their derivatives like Mirandese, Papiamento, Talian or Bajan.