Course, master's level, T7004K
The course covers the importance of catalysis in industry and society and basic principles.
Physical adsorption and chemisorption on surfaces. Adsorption isotherms. Bonding of reactants to catalyst surfaces. Specific surface areas and porosity. Pore size distribution. Kinetics for catalytic reactions. Adsorption – kinetics. Catalyst preparation. Structured catalysts and zeolite. Catalyst characterization by SEM, XRD, gas adsorption and other techniques Catalyst deactivation. Acid catalysis and zeolites. Processing of petroleum and hydrocarbons. Catalytic oxidation. Synthesis gas and associated processes. Steam reforming. The water gas shift reaction. Methanation. Ammonia production. Nitric acid. Methanol and formaldehyde. Fischer-Tropsch. Catalysis for environmental protection and energy production. Three way catalysts for automobiles.
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