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Einführung in die Katalyse

Type Lecture (2 SWS) + Exercise (1 SWS)
Credits 4
Rhythm Winter Semester
Bachelor / Master Bachelor / Master
Audience CIW, BIW, PSE
Language German
LSF number (VL) 065033
LSF number (Ü) 065034
Moodle Room

TC/REC - Einführung in die Katalyse

Die neuesten Informationen sind im LSF zu finden.

Course Content

This advanced lecture gives an overview of catalysis as a key technology of chemical material conversion and as an important tool within the product compound structures of the chemical industry.  The targeted reaction control by catalysts contributes significantly to the efficiency and sustainability of the chemical product compound. This lecture deepens the basics presented in "Chemische Technik 1". After explaining the basic principles of catalysis, these are illustrated using characteristic examples of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis from concrete chemical, petrochemical and environmental industrial processes.

Aquired competences

Homogeneous Catalysis

Students will be able to:

  • Name the elementary steps in a transition metal-catalyzed catalysis cycle and describe their detailed mechanisms
  • Discuss the most important catalyst and ligand influences on the various elementary steps
  • Describe and quantify ligand and catalyst properties using common concepts and models
  • Identify the rate-determining step for important catalytic reactions
  • Make predictions about activity and selectivity
  • Explain the principle of asymmetric catalysis
  • Name catalyst and process variants for important industrial processes and name and discuss variables influencing activity and selectivity
  • List methods for recycling homogeneous catalysts and explain their principles
  • Make suggestions for a suitable catalyst and reaction system for an unknown reaction

Heterogeneous catalysis

  • Explain the importance of catalysis for controlling material flows in the chemical industry and differentiate between heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts and compare their advantages and disadvantages
  • Describe the use of heterogeneous catalysts in the synthesis of large basic chemicals and intermediates, in refineries, in waste gas treatment and in the food industry with regard to the physical-chemical processes and the applied reactor technology and to name generally valid approaches of heterogeneous catalysis.

Further Details

Exam Oral (or written) - 30 (120) min
Preliminaries Admission requirements for the courses of the second and subsequent semesters are defined in § 9 paragraph 7 of the Examination Regulations; the Examination Committee decides on any exceptions in the case of required courses.
  • Behr, Angewandte homogene Katalyse, Wiley-VCH, 2008
  • Behr, P. Neubert, Applied Homogeneous Catalysis, Wiley VCH, 2012
  • P.C.J Kamer, D. Vogt, J.W. Thybaut (Eds.) Contemporary Catalysis – Science, Technology, and Applications, RSC,2017
  • G. Ertl, H. Knözinger, F. Schüth, J. Weitkamp (Red.) ‚Handbook of Heterogeneous Catalysis’, Volume 1, 2. Auflage, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2008
The slides of the course and any additional materials such as literature lists and website recommendations will be published in the virtual workrooms in Moodle provided for this purpose. Details will be announced at the beginning of the course.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dortmund University (Second Page in English).