2019 Advanced Reaction Process Engineering

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Tago Teruoki 
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Course description and aims

In Advanced Reaction Process Engineering, a lecture for graduate students (mainly graduate school first graders), students study the fundamentals and applications of the catalytic reaction engineering.
First, understand the outline of a suitable reactor for synthesizing chemicals (raw materials of chemicals) from fossil resources, and learn how to analyze the reaction kinetics using plug-flow reactor (PFR). Next, after understanding Fick’s diffusion low and mass-transfer phenomena by diffusion, we learn gas-solid catalytic reaction. Understand the diffusion and reaction within the porous solid catalyst, and learn the catalyst evaluation method using Thiele modulus and effectiveness factor. Finally, we will learn the catalyst deactivation phenomena and deactivation function.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the relationship between synthesis of chemicals and appropriate types of reactor
2) Understand the analytical method of reaction rate and kinetics
3) Understanding diffusion in the pores and reaction phenomena within the porous catalyst
4) Understand the Thiele modulus and the effective factor
5) Understand catalyst deterioration phenomenon


Chemical reaction engineering, reaction rate analysis, diffusion and reaction, solid catalyst, effectiveness factor, catalyst deactivation phenomena

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

Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purpose.
In every class, a summary of the previous lecture is given.
Towards the end of each class, students are required to solve exercise problems related to the material covered in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Intoroduction to chemical reaction engineering Understand the appropriate reactor types to produce chemicals
Class 2 Reaction rate analysis Understand how to analize the reaction kinetics and reaction rate
Class 3 Fick's law, diffusion phenomena and gau-solid catalytic reaction Understand the Fick's law, diffusion phenomena and mass transfer by diffusion
Class 4 Gas-solid catalytic reaction(1) Mass transfer and reaction rates Understand the mass-balance within the porous solid catalyst
Class 5 Gas-solid catalytic reaction(2) Rate-limiting step and kinetics analysis Understand effectiveness factor, reaction rate kinetic and analysis
Class 6 Gass-solid catalytic reaction(3) Catalyst de-activation Understand catalyst de-activation and de-activation function
Class 7 Gas-Liquid-Solid catalytic reaction Understand the Gas-Liquid-Solid catalytic reaction


Course materials are provided during class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kenji Hashimoto. Hannou Kougaku. Tokyo: Baifukan. ISBN-10: 4563045187.
Octave Levenspiel. Chemical Reaction Engineering. Wiley, ISBN 9780471254249.

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems (50%), Reports (50%)

Related courses

  • CAP.C206 : Chemical Reaction Engineering I (Homogeneous System)
  • CAP.C306 : Chemical Reaction Engineering II (Heterogeneous System)
  • CAP.C411 : Chemical Engineering for Advanced Materials and Chemicals Processing I
  • CAP.C425 : Advanced Bioprocess Engineering
  • CAP.C443 : Advanced Reaction-Separation Process
  • CAP.C521 : Chemical Engineering in Global Business

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



Score evaluation will be conducted by confirming the level of understanding principle, operation and actual application of Catalytic reaction engneering

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