Catalysis research is one of the interdisciplinary key issues of Technische Universität München (TUM). Since the groundbreaking work of Professor Ernst Otto Fischer (Nobel Prize 1973), catalysis research has been intensified particularly in chemistry and physics, simultaneously including engineering and process technology.
Considering the future potential and strategic importance of catalytic processes in numerous fields of science, engineering and industry, in 2008 TU München founded the Catalysis Research Center (CRC) and assigned it the status of a TUM Corporate Research Center. With the foundation of the Catalysis Research Center, the TU München established a platform for the cooperation of currently 19 prominent researchers with their teams who are focused on a wide range of problems, covering all significant aspects of catalysis, from theoretical basics to technology applications.
As an umbrella organization exceeding 300 scientists, TU München was awarded a grant for the construction of a new research building, being situated at TUM Research Campus Garching , adjacent to the Department Of Chemistry. The new building will enhance working conditions of researchers by providing the latest laboratory facilities and supporting scientific collaborations of members and partners of the Catalysis Research Center beyond traditional departmental borders.