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

  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. can use 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
  9. knows the principles of the mechanical strength of solid catalysts in the packed catalyst beds

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 08.12.2020

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 (applies in this implementation):

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:

    1. Fundamentals and steps of heterogeneous catalysis
    2. Reaction mechanisms and rate equations of heterogeneously catalysed reactions
    3. Reaction mechanisms and rate equations of 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
    7. The principles of the mechanical strength of solid catalysts and the mechanical reliability of the packed catalyst beds

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises, home assignments.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 20 h

    Exercises 14 h

    Assignments  48 h

    Independent work 48  h

    Exam 5 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced later

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