Miniature golf and saving energy using catalysts

Catalytic Minigolf © UniCat / Pierre Adenis
Reaction coordinate of a reaction with and without a catalyst comparing with miniature golf.

Become a golfer, the fun way to find out how catalysis works! Adults and children can have a go at two mini golf courses, testing how much energy they have to use to putt the ball. Members of the UniCat Cluster of Excellence and the BIG-NSE Graduate School explain the principles of catalysis.

What does mini golf have to do with saving energy? The two mini golf courses demonstrate the reaction times for chemical reactions carried out with and without the addition of catalysts. Catalysts reduce the energy mass that has to be overcome. This saves a great deal of energy in practice. As a mini golf player you need to take less of a swing.

House of Chemistry (Haus der Chemie), foyer left floor

17:00 to midnight
duration: 10 min

Suitable for children age 10 and older and  for school groups

Type of event:
Demonstration, hands-on experiment

wheelchair accessible