2021 Catalytic Chemistry on Solid Surface

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Graduate major in Chemistry
Komatsu Takayuki 
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Course description and aims

The instructor in this course will first explain the three functions of catalysts (activity, selectivity, and stability) with example reactions to give students an understanding of what a catalyst is. Next, the instructor will describe the structure, preparation, and characterization of porous materials such as zeolite, explaining their "molecular sieve", "cation exchange", "solid acid", and "catalytic" properties. As to intermetallic compounds, he will first describe their difference from usual alloys, then explain their peculiar bulk properties such as shape memory, superconductivity, and hydrogen storage. Further, the instructor will explain methods for preparing nano-size particles of intermetallic compounds, as well as the fact that they possess high activity and selectivity for various reactions.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the basic functions of catalysts (activity, selectivity, and stability). They will have a deeper understanding of the surface of nanoparticles by learning about the structure, preparation methods, and physical properties of zeolite and intermetallic compounds. A further goal is for students to understand that catalyses by these nano-particles are different from those by pure metal particles and have knowledge of surface structure and physical properties necessary to accelerate only a certain chemical reaction.
[Theme] The first half of this course uses zeolite as an example and students will learn subjects such as the formation mechanism of solid acids, the structure of Brønsted acid sites, cation exchange properties, and the organic reactions catalyzed by acidic catalysts. In the second half, students will learn the structure, physical properties, and synthesis of intermetallic compound nano-particles and their catalysis for hydrogenation–dehydrogenation, reduction–oxidation, and other reactions in comparison with those of pure metals.


catalyst, zeolite, intermetallic compound, alloy, nano-particle

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists of explanations based on slides.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is catalysis? Three major roles of catalyst Understand catalysis
Class 2 What is zeolite? Its structure Zeolite structure
Class 3 Adsorption in zeolite, and molecular shape selectivity Zeolite adsorption
Class 4 Zeolite acidity, solid acid Zeolite acidity
Class 5 Solid-acid catalyzed reaction Acid catalyzed reaction
Class 6 Reactions catalyzed by cations incorporated in zeolite Cations in zeolite
Class 7 What is intermetallic compound? Its bulk properties Intermetallic compound
Class 8 Nano particles of intermetallic compounds IMC nano particle
Class 9 Selective hydrogenation Hydrogenation
Class 10 Nano-particles of Ni-Sn compound Ni-Sn IMC
Class 11 N-alkylation of amine Alkylation
Class 12 Acetylene partial hydrogenation Acetylene hydrogenation
Class 13 PROX reaction on Pt-based compounds PROX
Class 14 CTH reaction CTH
Class 15 Oxidative dehydrogenation of amine Dehydrogenation

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Answer the exercise about the lecture and complete a report explaining the contents of a research paper about catalysis by zeolites or intermetallic compounds. Course score will be based on the exercise and report.

Related courses

  • CHM.B335 : Chemistry of Solids

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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