Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Johannes A. Lercher



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Lercher’s (b. 1954) research is focused on heterogeneous catalysis. He aims to gain an elemental understanding of the chemical reactions on surfaces and in the pores of nanostructured catalysts and use this knowledge to develop new catalysts and reaction channels. Processes like the sustainable generation of clean energy sources through selective conversion of biogenous or fossil raw materials are examined. This is done by combining the physical-chemical characterization of catalysts and determining the kinetics through catalyzed reactions. Based on the findings from this research work the institute develops new catalysts and reaction paths that combine a number of different functions and so allow several reaction steps to be run in one process.
Prof. Lercher studied chemistry at TU Vienna. He completed his doctorate there in 1980 and his lecturer qualification in 1985. In 1982, he was a visiting professor at Yale University. In 1990, he became Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Heterogeneous Catalysis. In 1993 he was appointed professor of catalytic materials and processes at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and in 1998 professor of Chemical Technolgy at TUM. He is an external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, a member of the Academy of Europe and has been awarded honorary professorships at the China University of Petroleum and the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Professor Lercher is editor in chief of the Journal of Catalysis, the leading scientific journal in the field of catalysis. 


  • Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis of the North American Catalysis Society (2011)
  • Honorary Professor, China University of Petroleum (2011)
  • Prof. R. Kumar Award, Indian Chemical Engineering Society (2005)
  • Shell Center of Excellence Award (1998)
  • Christian Doppler Preis,  Christian Doppler Gesellschaft (1989)

Key Publications

Zhao C, Kou Y, Lemonidou AA, Li X, Lercher JA: “Highly selective catalytic conversion of phenolic bio-oil to alkanes”. Angewandte Chemie (Int. Ed.). 2009; 48: 3987.


Sedlmair C, Seshan K, Jentys A, Lercher JA: “Elementary steps of NOx adsorption and surface reaction on a commercial storage-reduction catalyst”. J. Catal. 2003; 214: 308. 


Bitter JH, Seshan K, Lercher JA: “Mono and bifunctional pathways of CO2/CH4 reforming over platinum and rhodium based catalysts”. J. Catal. 1998; 176: 93.

Eder F, Stockenhuber M, Lercher JA: “Brønsted acid and pore controlled siting of Alkanes Sorption in Acidic Molecular Sieves”. J. Phys. Chem. B. 1997; 101: 5414.


Narbeshuber TF, Vinek H, Lercher JA: "Monomolecular conversion of light alkanes over HZSM5”. J. Catal. 1995; 157(2): 388-395.