KP8133 - Characterization of Heterogeneous Catalysts


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

The course is given every second year, next time in Fall 2022. The reactions in heterogeneous catalysis take place on the surfaces of solid materials such as metals, metal oxides and zeolites. The surface properties are determining the catalyst activity, selectivity and lifetime. Advanced methods for characterizing solid surfaces and adsorbed species are therefore valuable for the understanding of catalytic reactions. This subject gives an overview of the most common characterisation techniques and a detailed introduction to the application of the techniques on catalytic systems. Both chemical and spectroscopic methods are discussed. In situ methods are emphasized in the course.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: - Identify important characterisation techniques for catalytic materials and reactions. - Understand the basic principles of operation for the characterisation techniques. - Know what kind of information about the materials which can be extracted from the various techniques. - Knowledge about which techniques can be used at typical catalytic reaction conditions (in situ). - Know about limitations in application areas and be able to estimate uncertainty in the data from the techniques. Skills: - Be able to identify which techniques can be used to obtain specific information. - Be able to interpret characterisation data from the most important techniques. - Be able to explain principles and mode of operation for the most important characterisation techniques. - Identify at which reaction conditions the various techniques can be applied. General competence: - To have a clear overview over available techniques and how they can be applied to characterise catalyst materials and catalytic reactions. - Be able to evaluate and discuss the quality of characterisation data in scientific reports and publications.

Learning methods and activities

Thematic seminars will be arranged throughout the semester.

Course materials

The set texts are composed of selected scientific papers.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KP8113 6.0 AUTUMN 2009
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


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