Fundamentals of Catalysis
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
Module version of SS 2018
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2020/1||SS 2018|
CH3241 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||45 h||5 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
This module deals with the concepts of catalysis in the field of homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis. Topics include: thermodynamics and kinetics, interactions and surface chemistry, catalysis via coordination compounds, biocatalysis, acid-base catalysis, metal catalysis, redox reactions, polymerization reactions, transport and reactions in porous catalysts, as well as electrocatalysis and photocatalysis.
After completing the module, students will be able to understand the concepts of catalytic reactions and apply them to fundamental issues in the field of homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis and biocatalysis.
Knowledge of the following topics of selected courses of the Bachelor's degree Majoring in Chemistry: Knowledge in Physical Chemistry and Physics, Reaction Kinetics and Reaction Engineering; Reaction technique and kinetics; Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Catalysis.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VI||3||Fundamentals of Catalysis (CH3241)||
Assistants: Bekteshi Syla, V.Jentys, A.
Mon, 17:00–19:00, CRC 3002
Tue, 17:00–19:00, CRC 3002
Learning and Teaching Methods
The module consists of a lecture and an exercise in which the contents are conveyed by presentations as well as by blackboard. The presentation is supported by the presence of the presentation copy. The students are encouraged to rework the representation in a timely manner and to discuss open questions in the lecture with the lecturers.
The slides of the PowerPoint presentation are made available to the students as handouts.
I. Chorkendorff, J. W. Niemantsverdriet, Concepts of Modern Catalysis and Kinetics; M. Beller, A. Renken, R. A. van Santen, Catalysis: From Principles to Applications, Wiley-VCH, 2012; A. Behr, A. Vorholt, Applied Homogeneous Catalysis, Wiley-VCH, 2012.
Description of exams and course work
In this module, the review of the learning outcomes will be done via an exam (90 minutes). The exam confirms that the basics of kinetics and thermodynamics as well as catalytic surface reactions are possible. Responses require answers to sketches, calculations, and phrases.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.