Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Karsten Reuter



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Reuter’s (b. 1970) research activities are mainly focused on quantitative modeling of material properties and functionalities. Heterogeneous catalysis and energy research are particular areas of interest. He makes widespread use of modern multiscale modeling, which unites methods and concepts from the disciplines of physics and chemistry as well as materials science and engineering.

After studying physics at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of York, England, Prof. Reuter did his doctorate in Erlangen, Madrid and Milwaukee on theoretical surface physics. Following research experience at the Fritz-Haber-Institut of the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the FOM Institute in Amsterdam, he completed his lecturer training at Freie Universität Berlin in 2005. Prior to his appointment as a full professor at TUM (2009) and his work at the Catalysis Research Center (CRC), he headed up an independent MPG junior research group.


  • DFG Scholarship (2002)

Key Publications

Maestri M, Reuter K: “Semi-empirical rate constants for complex chemical kinetics: First-principles assessment and rational refinement”. Angew. Chemie Int. Ed., 2011; 123: 1226-1229.

Mercurio G, McNellis ER, Martin I, Hagen S, Leyssner F, Soubatch S, Meyer J, Wolf M, Tegeder P, Tautz FS, Reuter K: “Structure and energetics of azobenzene at Ag(111): benchmarking semi-empirical dispersion correction schemes”. Physical Review Letters. 2010; 104 (3): 036102.


Matera S, Reuter K: “First-principles approach to heat and mass transfer effects in model catalyst studies”. Catalysis Letters. 2009; 133 (1-2): 156-159.


Carbogno C, Behler J, Groß A, Reuter K: “Fingerprints for spin-selection rules in the interaction dynamics of O2 with Al(111)”. Physical Review Letters. 2008; 101 (9): 096104 (4 pages).


Reuter K, Frenkel D, Scheffler M: “The steady-state of heterogeneous catalysis studied with first-principles statistical mechanics”. Physical Review Letters. 2004; 93 (11): 116105 (4 pages).