TKP4155 - Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 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 sustainable chemical process industry, in energy production and in environmental processes. Definition of catalysis, elementary reactions, chain reactions and catalytic sequences. Adsorption, desorption, surface area and porosity. Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics. Kinetic modelling, including model fitting and data treatment. 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.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: -To have overview and knowledge about important industrial catalytic processes and the most common catalysts. -Know how catalysts are applied in sustainable industrial processes to reduce the energy demand and to improve selectivity to the desired products. -Be able to identify reaction sequences and suggest reaction mechanisms for chemical reactions. -Be familiar with synthesis methods for preparation of catalysts and important catalyst characterisation methods. -Know how internal and external mass transfer limitations influence the kinetics of catalytic reactions. -Understand the most common deactivation mechanisms for heterogeneous catalysts and how they influence the kinetics. -Be aware of the criteria of good experimental practice in kinetic measurements. -Understand Langmuir-hinshelwood kinetic model development and data treatment. -Understand reaction cycles in homogeneous transition metal complex catalysis. Skills: -Derive rate expressions for catalytic reactions based on Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics. -Design catalytic experiments with control over reaction kinetics without influence of heat and mass transfer limitations. -Apply chemisorption and kinetic data to calculate reaction rates and specific reaction rate. Develop and treat kinetic models for selected chemical reactions. -Identify and distinguish different deactivation mechanisms present in heterogeneous catalysts. -Identify internal and external mass transfer limitations by using diagnostic criteria. -Identify individual elementary reactions, perform valence electron book-keeping for reaction cycles in homogeneous catalytic reactions General competence: -Be familiar with the principles of catalytic reactions and how the kinetics of the reactions can be derived and applied in practice. -Recognize important catalytic reactions, in particular for energy and environmental processes. -The candidates should be able to identify if a reaction is kinetically controlled or if equilibrium or external limitations such as heat or mass transfer are present.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given as 3 hours of lectures, 2 hours of of exercises and 7 hours of self study per week. 7 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

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

I. Chorkendorff and J. W. Niemantsverdriet: Concepts of Modern Catalysis and Kinetics, 3rd edition

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK2060 7.5
KP8903 7.5 AUTUMN 2010
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Chemical Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2022-12-12 09:00 INSPERA
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Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
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