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Fundamentals of Catalysis

Module CH3241

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Chemistry.

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 2020/1SS 2018

Basic Information

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 workloadContact hoursCredits (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.

Learning Outcome

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 Lercher, J.
Assistants: Jentys, A.Kryvko, K.
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.

Module Exam

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.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Fundamentals of Catalysis
Mon, 2024-02-26, 13:30 till 15:00 2050
Import till 2024-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2024-02-19)
Thu, 2024-03-28, 11:00 till 12:30 26411
Import till 2024-03-21
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