Technical University of Munich

Department Chemie
Principal investigator: 
Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter

Technical University of Munich is one of Europe’s top universities. It is committed to excellence in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education and the active promotion of promising young scientists. The university also forges strong links with companies and scientific institutions across the world. Catalysis research is one of TUMs interdisciplinary key issues and reflected in the 2008 foundation of the TUM Catalysis Research Center (CRC). As a platform for the cooperation of currently 19 prominent PIs and a total research force of 300 scientists the new CRC building offers premier working conditions by providing the latest laboratory facilities and supporting scientific collaborations beyond traditional departmental borders.

Relevant TUM contribution for this program lies in the world-wide recognized expertise in the development and application of hybrid first-principles statistical mechanics methods, which are based on an accurate description of the underlying electronic structure and allow to access mesoscopic system sizes and times. Core research themes in the Reuter group are currently centered in the area of surface physics and catalysis, comprising also detailed studies on gas-surface dynamics and ensemble properties of molecular networks or cluster materials on surfaces. Core techniques employed in the group range from ab initio electronic-structure theory, comprising density-functional theory and wave-function based quantum chemical methods, to a continuum modeling of macroscopic flow structures through computational fluid dynamics.