Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. KTE055 overlap following cours/es: KTE054, KTE054, KTE054 och KTE054. Optional for: K4m, K4p. Course coordinator: Professor Arne Andersson, och Professor Ingemar Odenbrand,, Inst för kemiteknik. Recommended prerequisits: KTE023 Chemical Process and Reaction Engineering and KET040 Chemical Process Technology. Assessment: Written examination, exercises on catalyst characterisation techniques and a project assignment. Home page:

In several cases are catalysts one of the prerequisites for synthesis in industrial scale and efficient use of resources in the form of raw materials and energy. Catalytic processes play an important role in the refinery and chemical industries where heterogeneous catalysts are used in various reaction steps from feedstock to end product. In recent years, heterogeneous catalysis has received growing importance in the environmental sector for reduction of harmful components from waste gases. The course provides competences in catalysts’ structure, physical design, manufacture, catalytic functions and active sites, knowledge that a chemical engineer must possess for working with evaluation and development of catalysts. An important objective of the course is to give knowledge about a variety of methods for characterisation of the respective bulk and surface of catalysts with regard to composition and structure.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course reviews different types of catalysts and their structure, function and application; catalyst morphology; preparation of catalysts in small and large scale; methods for catalyst characterisation and their application (adsorption, chemisorption, TPR, TPRS, XRD, XPS, AES, EXAFS, FT-IR, FT-Raman, electron microscopy and activity measurement); deactivation; acidic and basic sites; dehydrogenation; hydrogenation; combustion; selective oxidation; shape-selective catalysis; and environmental catalysis.

Included in the course are a few practical exercises on some of the characterisation techniques treated in the course as well as a project assignment. The assignment comprises compilation and critical valuation of a selection of scientific publications in the field of catalysis.

Andersson, A & Odenbrand, I: Compendium in Heterogeneous Catalysis. 2006.