2020 Chemistry of Catalytic Processes I (Heterogeneous)

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

[Summary of the lecture] This lecture introduces essential knowledge necessary for understating solid catalysis and the frameworks of industrial processes for producing main chemicals. It refers to petroleum refining, petroleum reforming, various selective oxidation processes (Wacker oxidation, synthesis of ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, aclolein and acryonitirile, phenol, telephthalic acid etc.). Students will have the chance to understand how practical chemical processes contribute to the global society.
[Aim of the lecture] Most chemical processes use catalysts. Students are requested to obtain essential knowledge and application abilities for challenging new production systems by grasping the background of useful technology based on catalysis.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to
(1) explain the basic concept of surface chemistry.
(2) understand textbooks, reviews, and articles written using basic terminology of catalysis chemistry.
(3) explain petroleum refining and reforming processes.
(4) explain various selective oxidation processes.


Catalysis, Solid catalyst, Catalytic process, Petroleum reforming, Environmental catalysis

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

(1) At the beginning of each class, important items explained in the previous class are reviewed.
(2) Students are given an exercise examination each for some classes to confirm the level of understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamentals of solid catalysis (Chemistry of solid surface; adsorption phenomenon) Explain fundamentals of surface chemistry and adsorption phenomenon.
Class 2 Petroleum refining and reforming Explain a role of solid catalyst in petroleum reforming.
Class 3 Solid acid catalyst (Role of bifunctional catalyst in petroleum reforming. Explain what a bifunctional catalyst and its role in petroleum reforming.
Class 4 Metal catalyst for reduction Explain catalysis of metal for reduction.
Class 5 Metal oxide catalyst – Selective oxidation Part 1 (Synthesis of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide) Explain difference in the catalysis between the synthesis of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide based on the mechanism.
Class 6 Metal oxide catalyst – Selective oxidation Part 2 (Allyl oxidation on Bi-Mo catalyst) Explain the representative catalyst for allyl oxidation based on the catalytic mechanism.
Class 7 Environmental catalysis and photocatalysis (Purification of water and air, Catalysts for automobile exhaust gas, artificial photosynthesis) Explain photocatalysis and catalysts for automobile exhaust gas and refer to the future aspect on these technologies.

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.


Atarashii Shokubaikagaku, Hattori et al. Sankyo Shuppan, ISBN-13: 978-4782706886

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Atarashii Kogyokagaku, Adachi et al., Kagakudojin, ISBN-13: 9784759809558
Kankyo Shokubai, Kyoritsu Shuppan, ISBN-13: 9784320088610
Shokubai•Hikari-Shokubai no Kagaku Nyuumon, Yamashita et al., Koudannsha Scientific, ISBN-13: 9784061543478

Assessment criteria and methods

(1) Term-end examination (85%), level of class participation (15%).
(2) The evaluation will be based on the targets by 1) 30, 2) 30, 3) 20, and 4) 20 points.
(3) The level of class participation will be calculated by discussion, small examination and so on in the lecture.
(4) Attendance to all the classes is required.

Related courses

  • CAP.B216 : Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics)
  • CAP.B217 : Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibrium)
  • CAP.B218 : Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics)
  • CAP.A355 : Chemistry of Catalytic Processes I (Homogeneous)
  • CHM.B533 : Catalytic Chemistry on Solid Surface

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

The condition of the study will not be made, but it is desirable to study Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics), Physical Chemistry II (Chemical Equilibrium), and Physical Chemistry III (Kinetics).

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