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Industrial Catalysis 7.5 Credits

Industriell katalys
Second cycle, T7004K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Chemical Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering
Main field of study
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

Physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical equilibrium and chemical technology.

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The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completed course the student shall: -be able to explain the importance of catalysis in chemical process and chemical industry today -be able to explain some basic concepts in catalysis, such as: adsorption and desorption, adsorption isotherms, surface area, porosity, dispersion, reactions mechanism, kinetics and zeolites -be able to describe and explain the most common methods for characterization of a catalyst -be able to describe and explain how to derive a reaction expression -be able to describe and explain some of the most important chemical industrial processes with respect to the catalyst used and the reaction condition

Introduction, 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.

The instruction consists of lectures, exercises and a comprehensive laboratory project including preparation, characterization and testing of novel, innovative catalysts. The project is presented orally and written. The student will, in addition to get theoretical knowledge in industrial catalysis, develop their practical laboratory skills and oral/written presentation abilities.

The examination comprises laboratory project and written exam with grades according to U (failed), 3, 4 and 5. To pass the laboratory project, the oral and written presentation has to be passed. The grades are failed or passed. Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further resits.

Transition terms

Liang Yu

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 1
C.H. Bartholomew & R. Farrauto, Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes(2006), ISBN 9780471730071 samt Moulijn et al Chemical process technology samt kompletterande material

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Written exam4.5TG G U 3 4 5
0002Laboratory work3.0TG U G#

Syllabus established
Course plan approved by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 2007-02-28.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 13 Feb 2018