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This Chinese-German collaborative project addresses the computational modeling of partial hydrogenation and partial oxidation reactions over noble metal catalysts using density functional methods. The current work focuses on the model system propanol-propylene-propane on different metal surfaces. Propanol is the partial oxidation product of propylene, while the hydrogenation of the olefin yields propane. Different reaction pathways for this conversion are investigated. The two major pathways being studied are on the one hand a dehydration-hydrogenation mechanism from propane via propylene as intermediate and on the other hand the direct hydrogenation of alcohol.

The structure of the metal catalyst surface can have significant impact on the catalyzed reactions. The presence of steps or defect sites in general on the surface can change the potential energy surface and thus results in a different reaction mechanism. These effects are currently being studied by considering multiple models which use metal slabs of different low index surfaces to describe the catalyst. This work is a preparation for the investigation of more complex reaction networks e.g. in aqueous phase reforming of polyoles. Dehydration reactions of polyoles can lead to the formation of species containing hydroxy groups, C=C double bonds and also (via keto-enol tautomerism) carbonyl groups. The existence of multiple groups, which can be hydrogenated, raises the question where the hydrogenation will preferentially occur and how the preference can be controlled. The results of this computational chemistry project will help to design catalysts of high selectivity and to identify processes with fewer steps. All these insights will contribute as building blocks of “sustainable chemistry” by using environmentally available precursors.

 

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14.02.17

Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen

25.04.17

EuroTech postdoc workshop: Success in academia?

20-22 September 2017, Technical University of Denmark, Lynby Campus

18.04.17

Project team ROLITOS in a German documentary

10 May 2017, 11.30 pm Suedwestrundfunk (TV)

30 May 2017, 10.30 pm Bayerischer Rundfunk (TV)

11.04.17

Apply now: McKinsey 'Forschergeist' symposium

9-11 June 2017, Berlin

For doctoral researchers and postdocs!

10.04.17

Register now: ICMSB 2017

26-28 July 2017, TUM Study and Science Center, Raitenhaslach

14.02.17

Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017

29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen

05.06.16

10th IGSSE Forum

Smart cooperation - science and technology in, with and for society

15.12.15

The Science of Cooking

Doctoral Candidates explore the Secrets of a great Dinner

26.11.15

ATUMS@IGSSE

Having heard of a great Canadian Kick-Off Meeting, everyone at IGSSE was thrilled to welcome the...

20.11.15

Breakfast at IGSSE´s

Meet the IGSSE team every other month! All the things IGSSE members wanted to asked but never dared...

13.10.15

Save the Date: Canadian ATUMS Speaker on "Global Science- Global Career"

26. November 2015, 6-8 pm, IAS Faculty Club, Garching Campus

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Wednesday, 10. May 2017
Project team ROLITOS in a German documentary
10 May 2017, 11.30 pm Suedwestrundfunk (TV) 30 May 2017, 10.30 pm Bayerischer Rundfunk (TV)
Wednesday, 17. May 2017
Podiumsdiskussion: Frauenförderung - Quo vadis?
17. Mai 2017, 14- 16 Uhr, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Weidenbach
Friday, 19. May 2017
Tuesday, 23. May 2017
Monday, 29. May 2017
Registration now open: IGSSE Forum 2017
29-31 May 2017, TUM Science and Study Center Raitenhaslach, Burghausen