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: 18.01.2021 - 26.03.2021

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

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Reetta Karinen, Yongdan Li

Contact information for the course (valid 17.01.2021-21.12.2112):

Lecture slides are published after each lecture (as links on this page)


Lecture 1: Mon 18th Jan 10-12,

Introduction of the course

Introduction of the assignment

Grading standard

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  

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures and a project work.

    Evaluation based on project work and assignments.

  • 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