Course syllabus

Katalys, utvidgad kurs
Catalysis, Extended Course

KTE055, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-04-04

General Information

Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination, exercises on catalyst characterisation techniques and a project assignment.


Required prior knowledge: KTE023 Chemical Process and Reaction Engineering or KET045 Chemical reaction engineering. KOO022 Inorganic chemistry.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: KTE054

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Arne Andersson,
Course homepage: