Design of Industrial Catalysts

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode WMCE009-05
Vaknaam Design of Industrial Catalysts
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Design of Industrial Catalysts
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
Describe and explain the major types of industrial catalysts and the origin of their catalytic properties.
Critically compare the performance of different catalysts in terms of activity, selectivity and stability.
Understand the techniques used in the preparation of heterogeneous catalysts.
Demonstrate knowledge of the most important techniques for the physicochemical characterisation of heterogeneous catalysts and select which techniques are the most suited for studying a given catalytic material.
Apply all the above to assess state-of-the-art catalytic systems reported in the
literature in the context of a catalyst development program.
Omschrijving This course is an advanced course on Catalysis that focuses on the design of heterogeneous catalysts finding industrial application.

The course introduces the major types of industrial catalysts, explains the origin of their catalytic properties and the parameters used to evaluate their performance (activity, selectivity and stability). Additionally, new trends in catalysis towards a sustainable chemical industry are discussed (e.g. electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, design of catalysts for the conversion of renewables). Furthermore, the methods used for the preparation of the most important classes heterogeneous catalysts and the main techniques employed for their characterisation are reviewed.

After having become familiar with these topics during the lectures, the students apply the acquired knowledge and academic skills to assess state-of-the-art catalytic systems reported in the literature in the context of a catalyst development program.

This course aims at providing a good preparation for a future career in the industry but also at being a support for MSc/PhD research in the field of catalysis.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Total hours 140h: self study 22hours, lectures 16hours, tutorial 2 hours, assignment and report 60 hours, Presentation and discussion 40 hours)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST), Presentatie (P), Verslag (R)
(The final mark is based on: the report 50%, presentation 1 25% and presentation 2 25%. See remarks)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator Prof. Dr. P.P. Pescarmona
Docent(en) Prof. Dr. P.P. Pescarmona
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
No mandatory literature. Various reference books (available at the library or online through the RuG website) are mentioned during the course.
Entreevoorwaarden In this course unit, concepts from different disciplines are used (including inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics, separation processes, chemical reactor engineering). However, considering the diversity of the background of the students attending this course, the most important concepts are refreshed during the course or reference is given to books that would help filling possible knowledge gaps.
Opmerkingen The final mark is based on: the report (50%), the presentation (25%, individual and group evaluation), the answers to questions and the pertinence and relevance of the contribution of each student to the discussion, i.e. the questions they ask (25%, mainly individual evaluation). The minimum pass mark for each individual component is 5.5. The minimum overall pass mark is 5.5.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Chemical Engineering  ( Bio-based Products and Processes) - semester II a keuzegroep
MSc Chemical Engineering  ( Industrial Catalysis) - semester II a verplicht
MSc Chemistry  (Courses available for specializations) - semester II a verplicht
MSc Chemistry: Erasmus Mundus Theoretical Chemistry and Computing Modelling  (Electives) - semester II a keuze
MSc Chemistry: Science, Business and Policy  (Electives) - semester II a keuze
MSc Courses for Exchange Students: Chemistry - Chemical Engineering - semester II a
MSc Industrial Engineering and Management: Sustainable Process Engineering  (SPE Electives) - semester II a CE