2018 Energy and Resource Conversion Chemistry I (Hydrocarbon Conversion)

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Okamoto Masaki  Yamanaka Ichiro 
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Course description and aims

[Summary of the course] In this course, chemistry of energy and resource conversion will be explained as advanced chemistry of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry
[Aim of the course] Since environmental preservation is emphasized in chemical industry, biomass and hydrogen attract great attention as new resources other than fossil resources. However, it is necessary that fossil resources as well as the new resources also continue to be used. Student acquire the ability to explain how these resources will be used in the future and how they are converted to valuable chemicals by chemical technology including catalytic reactions and production systems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will acquire the following abilities:
(1) Ability to explain chemical reaction and mechanism of conversion to fuels and valuable chemicals by carbon conversion of various resources.
(2) Ability to explain chemical technology related to energy and resource conversions in chemical industry.
(3) Ability to explain roles of energy and resource conversions in chemical industry.


Oil refinery, petroleum chemistry, biomass, hydrogen, natural gas, shale gas, coal

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

This course will proceed in the following order: present energy and chemical resources, natural gas, shale gas, biomass. In the last day, practice problems and
interpretation of them will be carried out to check the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Carbon resources Explain various carbon resources.
Class 2 Oil refinery Explain method of oil refinery.
Class 3 Production of liquid fuels from crude oil Explain production methods of liquid fuels from crude oil.
Class 4 Petroleum chemistry Explain petroleum chemistry.
Class 5 Natural gas, shale gas Explain utilization of natural gas and shale gas.
Class 6 Hydrogen production Explain hydrogen production.
Class 7 Biomass conversion, biofuels Explain conversion of biomass to fuel and chemicals.
Class 8 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.


Sin Yuuki Shigen Kagaku, K. Hirano et al., Sankyo Publishing. (in Japanese),ISBN-13: 978-4782706619

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Atarashii Kougyoukagaku, G. Adachi et al., Kagaku Dojin. (in Japanese), ISBN-13: 978-4759809558
Industrial Organic Chemistry, K. Weissermel,H.-J. Arpe,Wiley-VCH,ISBN-13: 978-3527305780

Assessment criteria and methods

Term-end examination (85%), level of class participation (15%) (The level of class participation will be calculated by small examination and so on in the lecture.)

Related courses

  • CAP.A352 : Energy and Resource Conversion Chemistry II (Chemical Potential Conversion)
  • CAP.A353 : Energy and Resource Conversion Chemistry III (Photoenergy Conversion)
  • CAP.A354 : Chemistry of Catalytic Processes I (Heterogeneous)

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

The condition of the study will not be made.

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

M. Okamoto (okamoto[at]cap.mac.titech.ac.jp)

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