Credits: 5

Schedule: 29.10.2019 - 10.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

prof. Yongdan Li

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Responsible professor: prof. Yongdan Li (

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the student

  1. knows the principles of heterogeneous catalysis
  2. recognizes the steps (diffusion, adsorption/desorption,  surface reaction) in heterogeneously catalyzed reactions
  3. knows the types of homogeneous catalysis and is able to  derive rate equations of acid/base catalyzed homogeneous  reactions
  4. can derive rate equations based on steps of heterogeneously  catalyzed reactions
  5. knows the different forms of deactivation of heterogeneous  catalysts and can derive rate of deactivation based on the type  of deactivation
  6. is able to evaluate existence of diffusion limitations in  heterogeneously catalyzed reactions
  7. canuse methods applied for the evaluation of internal and  external diffusion limitations in heterogeneous catalysis
  8. can combine the rate equations of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions to reactor mass balance equations and use  these equations for the reactor design

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  1. Fundamentals and steps of heterogeneous catalysis
  2. Reaction mechanisms and rate equations heterogeneously  catalysed reactions
  3. Reaction  
       mechanisms and rate equations homogeneously catalysed  reactions
  4. Deactivation mechnisms and rates in heterogeous  catalysis
  5. Internal and external mass transfer in heterogenous  catalysis
  6. Coupling of reactor mass balances (pseudohomogeneous model) and rate equations of catalysed reactions

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures, exercises, home assignments.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 20 h

Exercises 14 h

Assignments  48 h

Independent work 48  h

Exam 5 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be announced later

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1-5

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