2024 Advanced Course of Catalytic Chemistry

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Hara Michikazu  Kamata Keigo  Kitano Masaaki 
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Mon3-4(G5-105 (G511))  Thr3-4(G5-105 (G511))  
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Course description and aims

Catalyst is not only a compound which is most widely used to control chemical reactions but also a key material for conversion of a substance. To develop the catalyst with an excellent property, an understanding the basic principle and concept about catalysis is indispensable. Catalytic chemistry seems complicated because it is applied chemistry covering a wide range of scientific fields. However, the material chemistry with regard to catalysis can be systematically understood by learning the knowledge based on physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry. This course includes kinetics and equilibrium, characterization of catalyst, structure and synthesis method, reaction mechanism, catalytic process, etc.
The purpose of this course is not only to understand the catalytic chemistry with backgrounds of physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry but also to apply the knowledge to practical catalyst design and development. Moreover, we would like students to learn the relationship between the catalytic properties and chemical processes and to understand the importance of catalyst to build a sustainable society.

Student learning outcomes

It is not too much to say that there is the discovery of a new catalyst in the appearance of the new chemical industry. At the end of this course, students will be able to learn the role of catalyst in chemical industry (relationship between chemical process and catalyst, needs of catalyst development, and way of thinking about practical catalyst and its essential condition ) as well as to understand the basic concepts on catalytic chemistry with backgrounds such as physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and organic chemistry. In addition, we would like the students to learn the latest topics including catalyst materials and processes for energy and chemicals production, characterization method, and scientific improvement in catalysis and to apply the knowledge to design and develop practical catalyst materials.


catalyst, chemical process, kinetics, equilibrium, characterization, structure, synthesis, reaction mechanism

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Towards the end of class, students are given brief exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basic concepts on catalytic chemistry History of catalyst development, kind of catalyst
Class 2 Kinetics and equilibrium Rate and equilibrium of chemical reaction, equation of reaction rate, activation energy
Class 3 Heterogeneous catalyst –Bulk and surface characterization of catalyst- X-ray diffraction, electron microscope,Ultraviolet and visibile, electron-paramagnetic-resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance
Class 4 Surface characterization of heterogeneous catalyst –adsorption- Phenomena of adsorption, pore distribution, measurement of the surface acidity/basicity
Class 5 Structure and synthesis of catalyst Selection of element, support, preparation method for catalyst
Class 6 Reaction mechanism for heterogeneous catalyst Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism, Rideal-Eley mechanism
Class 7 Reaction mechanism for homogeneous catalyst Ligand exchange reaction, oxidative addition, reductive elimination, migratory insertion, beta-hydrido elimination
Class 8 Catalytic process –organic synthesis and polymerization catalysts- Hydroformylation, olefin polymerization, asymmetric catalytic reaction
Class 9 Catalytic process –oxidation catalyst- allylic oxidation, ammoxidation, oxidative dehydroration, oxirane synthesis
Class 10 Catalytic process -acid/base catalyst- Alkylation, cracking, isomerization, disproportionation, hydration, dehydration
Class 11 catalytic process -photocatalyst- Complete decomposition of water, application to environmental purification
Class 12 Catalytic process –environmental catalyst- Automotive catalyst, green chemistry
Class 13 Catalytic process –energy conversion catalyst- Catalytic combustion, fuel cell
Class 14 Catalytic process –ammonia synthesis catalysts- Haber–Bosch process, application of ammonia

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.


Please refer to either of the following reference books.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Yasukazu Saito, Makoto Misonom, "Catalytic Chemistry 2nd Edition", Maruzen
Eiichi Kikuchi, Koichi Segawa, Akio Tada, Hideshi Hattori, Yuzo Imizu, "New Catalytic Chemistry", Sankyo
Hiromi Yamashita, Tsunehiro Tanaka, "Scientific Introduction of Catalyst and Photocatalyst", Kodansha

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of catalytic chemistry and its application. Students’ course scores are based on an exercise problems and attendance at a class (60%) and submission of report at the end of the term (40%).

Related courses

  • CAP.A354 : Chemistry of Catalytic Processes I (Heterogeneous)
  • CAP.A355 : Chemistry of Catalytic Processes I (Homogeneous)

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

No prerequisites.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Michikazu Hara hara.m.ae[at]m.titech.ac.jp 045-924-5311
Keigo Kamata kamata.k.ac[at]m.titech.ac.jp 045-924-5338
Masaaki Kitano kitano.m.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp 045-924-5191

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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