Florian Zahn

PhD Student


Catalysis Research Center and Chemistry Department

Technische Universität München

Lichtenbergstraße 4 85747 Garching, Germany




04/2021 -     PhD student supervised by Prof. Johannes A. Lercher, Lehrstuhl für
Technische Chemie II, TU München
2019 - 2020 Master of Science (chemistry), TUM
2015 - 2019 Bachelor of Science (chemistry), TUM
2014 Abitur at Gymnasium Gröbenzell

Catalytic properties of supported oxides in solvents

To advance in biomass processing it is crucial to develop innovative catalysts that are hydrothermally stable and maintain high activity when employed in harsh conditions. My dissertation focuses on the synthesis, development, and characterization of such a catalyst. Suitability testing will be performed with typical biomass model reactions to demonstrate the catalysts stability and activity when subject to biomass processing conditions. The study of various transition metals (W, Mo, Re) for hydrogenation and condensation reactions and thus creating a bi-functional catalyst for biomass processing is a main goal of this work.


[1] N. Pfriem, Y. Liu, F. Zahn, H. Shi, G.L. Haller, J.A. Lercher, Impact of the Local Concentration of Hydronium Ions at Tungstate Surfaces for Acid-Catalyzed Alcohol Dehydration, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 143 (2021) 20133-20143. -DOI