Our cluster member Barbara Lechner is appointed to a W2 tenure track professorship at the Chemistry Department of TU München. She joined TU München in 2016 with fellowships from the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie program and the Humboldt Foundation and was recently awarded an ERC starting grant. With her team she studies how the structure of catalyst particles and substrate changes under reaction conditions. They investigate how highly reactive particle structures appear and disappear, how this process can be controlled, and how it influences the function of the catalyst. The results could lead to more cost-effective alternatives to the precious metal catalysts used today. (Picture: A. Heddergott/TUM)