NKEB11006U Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (CatChem)
BSc Programme in Chemistry
BSc Programme in Nanoscience
The course gives an introduction into catalysis and its relation to sustainable chemistry. We thereby focus on heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. The course discusses what catalysis is and why catalytic processes are favourable over stoichiometric reactions. The basic concepts of catalysis are introduced based on examples from heterogenous and homogeneous catalytic reactions. The students learn how to describe reaction kinetics, approximation methods for the description and evaluation of reaction rates, how to perform and analyse catalytic reactions, and how to characterize physical properties of catalysts.
Definition of a catalyst
Fundamental principles of catalytic processes
Difference between heterogeneous and homogeneous processes
Mathematical description of catalytic processes
Methods for catalyst characterization
Describing catalytic processes mathematically.
To be able to critically asses catalytic processes
Industrial Catalysis: A Practical Approach, Second Edition
Author(s): Prof. Dr. Jens Hagen
Lecture slides and copies.
- Practical exercises
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation---
- Exam registration requirements
To parcitipate in the exam four of the five obligatory assignments must be graded as passed.
- Only certain aids allowed
A non programmable pocket calculator is allowed.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
several internal evaluators
If ten students or less have signed up for a re-exam where the exam type at the ordinary exam is a written exam, the exam type will be changed to oral exam
Criteria for exam assesment
After the course the student ought to be able to:
- determine the E-factor of a reaction
- discuss the greeness and sustainability of a process
- calculate TOFs for reactions
- define what a catalyst is and discuss the different fields of catalysis
- calculate, determine and discuss catalytic and kinetic parameter, such as an activation barrier, reaction order, rate equations, elementary reaction steps
- discuss degradation mechanisms of catalysts and TON
- discuss basic catalytic principles
- explain and discuss methods and techniques for characterizing catalysts and catalytic processes