INTRODUCTION Green chemistry and sustainable development What is catalysis and why is it important? Tools in catalysis research Exercises THE BASICS OF CATALYSIS Catalysis is a kinetic phenomenon Practical approaches in kinetic studies An overview of the basic concepts in catalysis Exercises HOMOGENEOUS CATALYSIS Metal complex catalysis in the liquid phase Homogeneous catalysis without metals Scaling up and down: Pros and cons "Click chemistry" and homogeneous catalysis Exercises HETEROGENEOUS CATALYSIS Classic gas/solid systems Liquid/solid and liquid/liquid catalytic systems Advanced process solutions using heterogeneous catalysis Exercises BIOCATALYSIS The basics of enzymatic catalysis Applications of enzyme catalysis Developing new biocatalysts: Better than nature's best Non-enzymatic biocatalysts Industrial examples Exercises COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN CATALYSIS RESEARCH Computers as research tools in catalysis Modelling catalysts and catalytic cycles Predictive modelling and rational catalyst design An overview of data mining methods in catalysis Exercises
Gadi Rothenberg is Professor and Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry at the Van `t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, and teaches courses on catalysis, thermodynamics and scientific writing. He has published over 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals, invented 14 patents, and co-founded the companies Sorbisense A/S, Yellow Diesel BV and Plantics BV. His current research interests include fuel cells, biomass conversion and multifunctional materials, and his latest invention is a simple catalytic process for cleaning out cyanide ions from industrial waste streams.