Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai-Olaf Hinrichsen



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Hinrichsen (b. 1968) researches in the field of industrial catalysis at the interface between natural science and engineering science. His research work is oriented along the process chain, starting from particle design through reactor design to process design. Particular focus is placed on particle technology and catalyst forming as well as multi-scale modeling. In the latter discipline, research is centered on describing chemical reactions at the elementary stage, the numerical simulation and modeling of chemical reactors with respect to their apparatus design, dimensioning and operating characteristics.

After studying power engineering and process technology at TU Berlin and chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, he did his doctorate in Berlin. He completed his lecturer qualification at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (2002) and joined TUM in 2004. From 2005 to 2006, he was professor of technical chemistry at the University of Leipzig before accepting his current Chair at TUM in 2007.


  • Erwin-Stephan-Preis der TU Berlin (1994)
  • Young Scientist Prize der International Association of Catalysis Societies (2000)
  • Jochen-Block-Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Katalyse (2003)
  • Dozentenstipendium des Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (2004)

Key Publications

H. Wilmer, M. Kurtz, K. Klemendiev, O.P. Tkachenko, W. Grünert, O. Hinrich¬sen, A. Birkner, S. Rabe, K. Merz, M. Driess, C. Wöll, M. Muhler: “Methanol Synthesis over ZnO - A Structure-Sensitive Reaction?“. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2003; 5: 4736-4742.

H. Bielawa, O. Hinrichsen, A. Birkner, M. Muhler: “The Ammonia Synthesis Catalyst of the Next Generation: Barium-Promoted Oxide-Supported Ruthenium”. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 40 (2001) 1061-1063.

M.M. Günter, T. Ressler, B. Bems, C. Büscher, T. Genger, O. Hinrichsen, M. Muhler, R. Schlögl: „Implication of the Microstructure of Binary Cu/ZnO Catalysts for Their Catalytic Activity in Methanol Synthesis”. Catal. Lett. 2001; 71: 37-44.

O. Hinrichsen, F. Rosowski, A. Hornung, M. Muhler, G. Ertl: “Ruthenium Catalysts for Ammonia Synthesis at High Pressures: Preparation, Characterization, and Power-Law Kinetics”. Appl. Catal. A: General 1997; 151: 443-460.

O. Hinrichsen, F. Rosowski, A. Hornung, M. Muhler, G. Ertl: “The Kinetics of Ammonia Synthesis over Ru-based Catalysts: Part 1: The Dissociative Chemisorption and Associative Desorption of N2“. J. Catal. 1997; 165: 33-44.