2016 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" and "cation exchange" 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

Competencies that will be developed

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

This course consists of explanations based on slides.

Course schedule/Required learning

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Class 1 Catalysis Catalysis
Class 2 Zeolite structure Zeolite structure
Class 3 Zeolite adsorption Zeolite adsorption
Class 4 Zeolite acidity Zeolite acidity
Class 5 Acid catalyzed reaction Acid catalyzed reaction
Class 6 Cations in zeolite Cations in zeolite
Class 7 Intermetallic compound Intermetallic compound
Class 8 IMC nano particle IMC nano particle
Class 9 Hydrogenation Hydrogenation
Class 10 Ni-Sn IMC Ni-Sn IMC
Class 11 Alkylation Alkylation
Class 12 Acetylene hydrogenation Acetylene hydrogenation
Class 13 PROX PROX
Class 14 CTH CTH
Class 15 Dehydrogenation Dehydrogenation



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Assessment criteria and methods

Report of a paper about catalysis research.

Related courses

  • CHM.B335 : Chemistry of Solids

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

Only for students who attended the same class in 2014 and failed to get credit.

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