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Doctorate Program

NanoCat: Nanodesign of High Performance Catalysts

TU Munich (lead management), Augsburg Univ. Bayreuth Univ., Regensburg Univ.


Degree: Doctorate Degree

Duration of study: 2 1/2 - 3 years

Places of study: Munich, Augsburg, Bayreuth, Regensburg

Requirements: Diploma or Master of Science in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Physics

Language of instruction: English

Catalysis is one of the most important and wide ranging research areas in the modern chemistry. The international graduate school "NanoCat" includes a plethora of disciplines (Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Engineering Chemistry, Theoretical Chemistry) to facilitate the development of new nano-structured hybrid catalysts derived from defined molecular (metal-organic) precursors. Applying modern strategies, highly efficient regenerative catalysts in the nano regime will be synthesized and characterized. They will be tested using model reactions, and quantum mechanical calculations will be applied for a deeper understanding of reaction mechanisms and energy levels. In this manner, the areas of homogeneous, heterogeneous, organo and bio(enzyme)-catalysis will be combined both experimentally and theoretically.

The educational aim is the career advancement of highly qualified doctorate students and the education of excellent young scientists for catalysis research. This is implemented by an intensive and interdisciplinary supervision through seminars and multiple day work shops covering specific topics in recent catalysis research and specific lectures given by renowned international research partners and with own contributions of the doctorate students. To advance soft skills, additional lectures about patent law, economics, presentation techniques and the compilation of scientific publications create the opportunity for improvement in more general fields. Important in today's global society, the students have the opportunity to work in highly regarded research groups abroad for several months and to participate in international conferences. This is giving the students the chance to build up an international network and enables them to learn modern scientific techniques.

Highlights of the International Doctorate Program

Icon N-Heterocyclic Carbenes
Lars-Arne Schaper
Snail Euhadra
Icon Novel Metal Amido-Complexes
Kathrin Kutlescha

Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann

Funded by:
  • Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts;
  • Elite Network of Bavaria:
  • January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2013

We can only recruit the best Students from abroad with a top level study program. - Sprecher Wolfgang Herrma