Teaching Catalysis by Means of Enzymes and Microorganisms

  • Peter GrunwaldEmail author


Natural science teachers at schools as well as at universities are faced with two major problems: Knowledge increases continuously but time available for teaching natural sciences is limited, normally remaining constant. For schoolteachers, the situation is even worse insofar as natural science subjects make up only a small part of the whole curriculum. As a consequence, one must look for time-saving teaching methods. In addition, a renewal of natural science curricula is necessary as topics from traditional curricula are deleted in order to add new topics. This study demonstrates that some of these aims may be achieved by teaching the topic catalysis in theory and practice. Catalysis as a teaching subject in chemistry lessons also offers the opportunity to highlight the interdisciplinary character of natural sciences, and chemistry in particular, and its implications for society.


Nobel Prize Heterogeneous Catalysis Alcoholic Fermentation Homogeneous Catalysis Potassium Hydroxide Solution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical ChemistryUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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