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.
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
- 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.
|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.|
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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”.