2017 Advanced Course of Catalytic Chemistry

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Nomura Junko  Motokura Ken 
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Course description and aims

This course gives fundamental knowledge of solid catalysis. To understand the heterogeneous catalysis, topics include adsorption phenomena on solid surface, design of catalytically active site, catalytic reaction kinetics, reaction mechanism, and method to evaluate the catalytic performances. Furthermore, this course also focuses on characterization of solid catalysts and catalytic surface. Detailed reaction kinetics and reaction mechanism will also be discussed.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Deepen their knowledge of chemistry through the heterogeneous catalysis.
2) Understand the role of catalysts in chemical industry, preparation and characterization of catalysts, and catalytic reaction kinetics and mechanisms.


Solid Catalyst, Preparation of Catalysts, Characterization, Reaction Kinetics, Reaction Mechanism, Porous Materials

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Short questions are given every time for the profound understanding.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Brief history and introduction of catalysis Understanding catalysts from discovery, history to applications
Class 2 Zeolite Catalysts Understanding the catalysis of zeolites
Class 3 Catalysis for Protection of Natural Environment Recognizing the role of catalysts for the improvement of environment
Class 4 Photocatalysis Understanding the function and application of photocatalysts
Class 5 Acid-base catalysis-1 Understanding the acid-base catalysis and considering the mechanism
Class 6 Acid-base catalysis-2 Understanding the acid-base catalysis of layered materials and organocatalysts
Class 7 Porous materials Understanding the application of mesoporous materials as catalysts
Class 8 Preparation of solid catalysts Learning the basic preparation of catalysts
Class 9 Characterization of catalysts-1 Understanding the theory of characterization of catalysis by spectroscopy and adsorption measurements
Class 10 Characterization of catalysts-2 Understanding the theory of characterization of catalysis by NMR and XAFS
Class 11 Catalysis for green chemistry Recognizing the role of catalysts green chemistry
Class 12 Catalysis for organic synthesis Learning the catalysts for organic synthesis
Class 13 Clarification of mechanisms of reactions on solid catalysts Understanding the methods for clarification of reaction mechanisms over solid catalysts
Class 14 C1 chemistry Learning the processes of conversion from C1 compounds to hydrocarbons over catalysts
Class 15 Catalysis for biomass conversion Learning the catalysts for biomass conversion


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of catalytic materials and reactions using solid catalysts will be assessed.
Learning achievement is evaluated by a final exam and/or reports.

Related courses

  • CAP.I434 : Advanced Nano-Materials Chemistry I
  • CAP.T532 : Advanced Catalytic Reactions II
  • CAP.I434 : Advanced Nano-Materials Chemistry I

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

Fundamental knowledges for physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry are required.

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