529-0633-00L  Heterogeneous Reaction Engineering

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersJ. Pérez-Ramírez, C. Mondelli
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


529-0633-00 GHeterogeneous Reaction Engineering3 hrs
Tue08:45-10:30HCI D 2 »
Wed08:45-09:30HCI D 8 »
J. Pérez-Ramírez, C. Mondelli

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AbstractHeterogeneous Reaction Engineering equips students with tools essential for the optimal development of heterogeneous processes. Integrating concepts from chemical engineering and chemistry, students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of heterogeneous reactions and will develop the necessary skills for the selection and design of various types of idealized reactors.
ObjectiveAt the end of the course the students will understand the basic principles of catalyzed and uncatalyzed heterogeneous reactions. They will know models to represent fluid-fluid and fluid-solid reactions; how to describe the kinetics of surface reactions; how to evaluate mass and heat transfer phenomena and account for their impact on catalyst effectiveness; the principle causes of catalyst deactivation; and reactor systems and protocols for catalyst testing.
ContentThe following components are covered:
- Fluid-fluid and fluid-solid heterogeneous reactions.
- Kinetics of surface reactions.
- Mass and heat transport phenomena.
- Catalyst effectiveness.
- Catalyst deactivation.
- Strategies for catalyst testing.

These aspects are exemplified through modern examples.
For each core topic exercises are assigned and evaluated.
The course also features an industrial lecture.
Lecture notesA dedicated script and lecture slides are available in printed form during the course.
LiteratureH. Scott Fogler: Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1992

O. Levenspiel: Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey, 1999

Further relevant sources are given during the course.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering 2006; Version 27.03.2018 (Examination Block Catalysis & Heterog. Proc. Eng.)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Chemical Engineering 2018; Version 26.09.2022 (Examination Block IV)
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersJ. Pérez-Ramírez, C. Mondelli
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Chemical Engineering BachelorExamination Block Catalysis and Heterogeneous Process EngineeringOInformation
Process Engineering MasterCore CoursesWInformation