TKP4155 - Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

The course is an introduction to important principles and methods of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. The importance of catalysis as a key technology in chemical and petrochemical industry, in energy production and for the protection of the environment. Definition of catalysis, elementary reactions, chain reactions and catalytic sequences. Adsorption, desorption, surface area and porosity. Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics. Kinetic modelling. Catalyst preparation and characterisation. Modern theories for surfaces and surface reactions. Internal and external mass and heat transfer in catalyst particles. The effect of diffusion on reaction kinetics. Multifunctional catalysis. Catalysis by transition metal complexes. The course is given as a combination of lectures, exercises and self-study.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
- Identify imortant industrial catalytic processes and the most common catalyst materials.
- Identify reaction sequences and suggest reaction mechanisms for chemical reactions.
- Derive rate expressions from simple reaction mechanisms.
- Understand the common deactivation mechanisms in catalysis.
- Knowledge about synthesis methods for preparing catalysts and catalyst characterisation methods.
- Understand the reaction cycles in homogeneous metal complex catalysis.
- Use chemisorption data and kinetic data to calculate reaction rates and turnover frequencies.
- Identify internal and external mass transfer limitations by applying experimental diagnostic criteria.
- Identify individual reactions and construct reaction cycle mechanisms and electron account for homogeneous catalytic reactions.
- Derive reaction mechanisms and reaction rate expressions for catalytic reactions based on Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics.
- Design catalytic experiments with control over the reaction kinetics without heat- and mass transfer limitations.
- Identify and distinguish between deactivation mechanisms for heterogeneous catalysts.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given as a combination of lectures, exercises and self-study. Compulsatory exercises must be passed in order to get access to the exam. Lectures in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Compendium and articles. Information given at semester start.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KP8903 7.5 2010-09-01
SIK2060 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 D 2017-12-20 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
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