This strategic cooperation will play an important role in the TUMs overall strategy of bundling university research activities in the field of chemical catalysis. The research alliance is to be integrated into a new central institute for catalysis research set up by the TUM (Catalysis Research Center, CRC). As from 2012, it will be housed in the new CRC building currently under construction on the TUM campus in Garching. The CRC bundles the TUMs broad scientific spectrum in the field of catalysis research with focus on industry-related research.
"The overriding goal envisaged by Munich Catalysis is to develop key catalytic technologies on a sustainable basis which in view of the limited fossil resources and a continuing rise in the global consumption of energy and base chemicals make the greatest demands on research alliances between university and industry," says the TUMs President, Professor Wolfgang A. Herrmann. "As an entrepreneurial university, our research activities pursue the path of innovation to the stage of technical realization. In the field of catalysis, we have selected Sd-Chemie since this partner has a globally successful catalyst business."
Upon signing the agreement, Dr. Gnter von Au, Managing Board Chairman of Sd-Chemie AG, said: "Chemical catalysis is a key technology and will be making a major contribution to the development of economically and ecologically sustainable ways of manufacturing fuel and chemicals in times when resources are in increasingly short supply. This pioneering venture is a means of bundling our numerous scientific cooperation projects with the TUM in the field of catalysis research based on a future-oriented and highly efficient industry-on-campus concept. In this way, we will continue to strengthen the TUMs academic base in this high-potential sector, while also achieving
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