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Course module: 202000734
Kinetics & Catalysis
Course info
Course module202000734
Credits (ECTS)4.5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. J.A. Faria Albanese
dr. J.A. Faria Albanese
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.A. Faria Albanese
Lecturer L. Lefferts
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
1. Reaction kinetics
Students can:
• Derive and apply differential equations to model chemical reaction kinetics using fundamental knowledge of reaction mechanisms, chemical approximations (e.g. steady state, rate determining and pre-equilibrium approximations).
• Derive and apply the Arrhenius equation to determine the activation barrier of chemical reactions.
2. Adsorption processes and formation of organometallic complexes
The student can:
• Identify and explain the similarities between complex formation in homogeneous catalysis, adsorption in heterogeneous catalysis and enzyme-substrate biding in biocatalysis.
• Derive and apply a Langmuir adsorption isotherm to describe the operation of heterogeneous catalysts for associative, dissociative, and competitive adsorption.
3. Catalytic mechanisms
The student can:
• Derive and explain the catalytic cycle using the 16/18 electron rule in homogeneous catalysis.
• Derive, apply, and analyze the results from modelling catalytic reactions in a heterogeneous catalyst using Langmuir-Hinshelwood and Eley-Rideal mechanisms.
• Derive and apply the Michaelis-Menten kinetics to describe bio-catalytic process.

4. Transport and Catalysis
The student can:
• Identify and explain the differences between molecular diffusion and Knudsen diffusion.
• Describe the effects of external and internal mass transport limitations in the reaction rate using the Thiele modulus and on the measured activation barrier using the Arrhenius plot.

5. Characterization
The student can:
• Identify and explain the differences between the microscopic and spectroscopic techniques employed for the physicoal-chemical characterization of heterogeneous catalysts and applies this information to analyze the catalyst performance during reaction.
In Kinetics & Catalysis we will initially study the intrinsic chemical kinetics and subsequently the changes in these kinetics if the reaction is being catalyzed. We’ll look at homogeneous, heterogeneous and biocatalysis, with a focus on heterogeneous catalysis. This part of the module will be concluded with a written test and a case-study, where we will ask you to apply your acquired knowledge in a simulated realistic situation. For more information please check the detailed information and assessment plan in the appendix.
Assumed previous knowledge
Equilibria & Analytical Chemistry (CSE MOD04)
Module 5
Participating study
Bachelor Chemical Science & Engineering
Required materials
Chemical Technology, Andreas Jess and Peter Wasserscheid (compulsory)
Recommended materials
Physical Chemistry, Atkins and De Paula (recommended)
Elementary Principles of chemical Processes, R.M. Felder and R.W. Rousseau (recommended)
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


Self study without assistance


Kinetics & Catalysis

Kies de Nederlandse taal