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 student is able to

  1. describe different phenomena (e.g. reactions and mass  transfer) in industrial reactors
  2. combine rate equations and stoichiometry with balance equations of multiphase reactors
  3. apply mass and energy balances for different industrial multiphase reactors and perform calculations using the  balances
  4. explain the principles of computational calculations of multiphase reactors
  5. recognizes the applications of different  industrial reactor types
  6. plan a reactor concept for a given industrially relevant reaction system, including selection and use of   the simulation model as well as preliminary dimensioning of an industrial reactor

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 22.03.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Yongdan Li

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Yongdan Li

Contact information for the course (valid 11.12.2018-21.12.2112):

Responsible teacher prof. Yongdan Li (

Other staff:

Reetta Karinen

Tiia Viinikainen

Yingnan Zhao

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:

    Must know:

    • theories and phenomena behind the mass and energy balances as well as mass transfer in multiphase  reactors
    • principles of combining rate equations, balance equations and stoichiometry
    • basic principles of computational calculations of multiphase reactors
    • how to select the reactor type for a given chemical system

    Should know:

    • how to implement the reactor mass and energy balances in given simulation software
    • how to choose the numerical solving strategies for the given reactor model
    • how to carry out the preliminary dimensioning for given chemical system using computational calculations

    Nice to know:

    • ways to intensify chemical reactors
    • main industrial applications of different reactor types
    • derivation of mass and energy balance equations from basic theories  

  • Applies in this implementation:





    Thu 7th of Jan 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 1: Introduction to the
    course and basic kinetics

    Yongdan Li

    Mon 14th of Jan 10:15-12:00




    Mon 21th of Jan 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 2: Ideal reactor design

    Yongdan Li

    Mon 28th of Jan 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 3: Non-ideal flow patterns

    Yongdan Li

    Mon 4th of Feb 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Assignment 1: Lecture 1-2

    Reetta Karinen/Tiia Viinikainen

    Mon 11th of Feb 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 4: Typical catalytic

    Yongdan Li

    Mon 18th of Feb





    Mon 25th of Feb 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Assignment 2: Lecture 3-4

    Reetta Karinen/Tiia Viinikainen

    Fri 1th of Mar 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 5: Typical non-catalytic

    Yongdan Li

    Mon 4th of March 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 6: Micro-structured

    Yongdan Li

    Fri 8th of March 10:15-12:00

     Ke 5 D 311

    Feedback of project

     Yingnan Zhao/Yongdan Li

    Mon 11th of March 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 7: Biochemical reaction

    Yongdan Li

    Fri 15th of March 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Lecture 8: Reactors with ion
    transfer through interfaces

    Zhengze Pan/Yongdan LI

    Mon 18th of March 10:15-12:00

    Ke 5 D 311

    Assignment 3: Lecture 5-7

    Reetta Karinen/Tiia Viinikainen

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and a project work.

    Evaluation based on project work and assignments.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Assignments 20 % of the grade

    Project work 80 % of the grade

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 18 h

    Project work 72 h

    Other independent studying 40 h


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E7150 Reaction Engineering

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Deadline fo the project work in mid-April