The curriculum of the IMPRS tries to foster the abilities of the students to work on scientific problems independently. The measures to achieve this goal combine basic courses, (like for example Quantum Chemistry), advanced courses (e.g. EPR Spectroscopy but also case studies, or excursions), progress meetings, courses on additional skills, research seminars and the participation in conferences and workshops. Furthermore practical exercises on state-of-the-art lab experiments and computer codes are combined with introductory tutorials.

Rules of Good Scientific Practice

We expect our students to follow and comply with the 'Rules of Good Scientific Practice' that can also be found, next to other useful information, on the website of the Max Planck Society.


Lecture Series (Block Courses)

Advanced Courses on Catalytic Reactions
(Advanced, catalytic reactions, course area 3)
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Guest students

Guest students are welcome to attend the lectures. We kindly ask for prior registration via email.

Former Teaching

Academic Year 2017

Additional Skills Course "Academic Writing: How to create good texts"
April 4th-5th, 2017


Academic Year 2015/2016

Lecture Series "Physical Methods in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis"
(Basics, physical methods, course area 2) Download program

Additional Skills Course "Presentation Skills Workshop"
December 8th, 2016

Additonal Skills Course "Poster Workshop"
November 9th, 2016

Summer School "Physical Methods in Molecular and Heterogeneous Catalysis"
September 18 - 25, 2016

Lecture "A scientific Conference: Purpose, Subject, Organization, Financing"
Prof. Dr. Silvia Braslavsky
June 20th, 2016

Lecture Series "Introduction to Recharge. Theory and Experiment"
(Basics, course area 1) Download program

Summer School "Methods in Molecular Energy Research. Theory and Spectroscopy"
August 30 - September 4, 2015



Catalysis for Sustainable Chemical Energy Conversion (CSCEC)

September 17th - 21th, 2017
NETZ, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Complexes

September 3rd - 9th, 2017
Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Germany


Max Planck Research School

E-Mail: imprs(at)

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