Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the students are able to:

  1. give the definition of catalysis and describe concepts related to heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts
  2. explain steps and methods in catalyst preparation
  3. describe and apply selected catalyst characterization methods
  4. explain why and how catalysts deactivate and how catalyst deactivation can be postponed or prevented
  5. give examples of where catalysts are applied
  6. recognize challenges potentially solvable by catalytic reactions

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.01.2019 - 10.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Riikka Puurunen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Riikka Puurunen

Contact information for the course (valid 05.12.2018-21.12.2112):

Students, please primarily contact: MSc Eveliina Mäkelä, eveliina.makela (at) If needed, Eveliina will bring the question to the attention of the professor in charge. 

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Principles of catalysis. Heterogeneous catalysis: catalysts, catalyst preparation, characterization, deactivation. Homogeneous catalysis. Applications and future outlook.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Evaluation based on lectures, assignments and/or seminar, exam

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    135h in total

    Lectures, homework assignments and/or seminar, independent work, exam 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    13 Climate Action