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: 07.01.2025 - 20.02.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Reetta Karinen, Riikka Puurunen

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Evaluation based on lecture quizzes, assignments, exam

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    135h in total

    Lectures and related quizzes, individual and/or group assignment(s), independent work, exam 


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To be announced

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III
    2025-2026 Spring III