The Catalysis Research Centre (CRC) of Technische Universität München (TUM) covers the whole spectrum of catalysis science – from basic principles and theoretical modelling, to materials synthesis and characterization, to process engineering. The topics explored include homogeneous as well as heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, new routes to sustainable production of energy carriers, value-added intermediates, and tailored functional materials, among others. With these efforts CRC aims to open routes to a broader materials base for chemical industry, while minimizing the (carbon) footprint. Of special concern is the transformation of catalysis science from a formerly mostly empirical endeavour to a knowledge-driven effort. Thus, mechanistic understanding of catalytic processes and catalytically active materials is a key goal of the scientists cooperating within CRC.
The areas of joint interest between Faculty of Chemistry, University of Sofia and TU Munich cover heterogeneous catalysis (performed with advanced experimental and computational methods), environmental catalysis, and design and investigation of the catalyst’s surface and properties. Also, another broad area of interest is the synthesis of functionalised organic compounds with specific optical or pharmaceutical properties.
Important for the project is the high level expertise of research groups in TU Munich in the field of modern NMR spectroscopy and its various applications. This experience will be very valuable for the Faculty after the acquirement of the new NMR spectrometer.