2019 Advanced Catalytic Reactions II

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Baba Toshihide  Motokura Ken  Yokoi Toshiyuki 
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Course description and aims

This course gives fundamental knowledge of solid catalysts. Topics include properties of metal oxides and metal oxides as acid-base catalytic materials. This course also focuses on the structures of porous materials and its acidity and basicity. The effect of pore structures on the selectivity of catalytic reactions will be also discussed. Furthermore, catalysis by metal catalysts, sulfides, and oxide in typical reactions such as hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, metathesis, and oxidation reactions will be specifically explained from a chemical point of view. Finally, the role of solid catalysts in biomass conversions will be introduced.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Acquire fundamental knowledge of catalysis based on physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry.
2) Deepen their knowledge of chemistry through heterogeneous catalysis.
3) Understand catalytic materials such as metal oxides and porous materials, typical catalytic reactions (hydrogenation, dehydrogenation, metathesis, oxidation), and catalytic biomass conversions.


Solid Catalyst, Catalytic Reactions, Metal Oxide, Porous Material, Biomass

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In order to understand the contents of this course, at the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Chemistry of Metal Oxides Understand the chemistry of metal oxides.
Class 2 Metal Oxides as Acid-Base Catalytic Materials Understand acidity and basicity based on the structure of metal oxides.
Class 3 Porous Materials (Zeolites) Understand the structures and catalyses of zeolites.
Class 4 Porous Materials (Periodic Mesoporous Materials, MOF) Understand the structures and catalyses of solid materials such as periodic mesoporous materials and MOF.
Class 5 Metal Catalysts for Hydrogenation and Dehydrogenation Reactions Explain metal-catalyzed hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions.
Class 6 Sulfide and Oxides Catalysts for Hydrogenation, Dehydrogenation, and Metathesis Explain hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions catalyzed by sulfides and oxides.
Class 7 Oxidation Catalysts, Biomass Conversions Understand catalysts for oxidation reactions and catalytic biomass conversions.
Class 8 Practice problems and interpretation for confirming the level of understanding Solve practice problems by accurate understanding of the above all lectures.


Guido Busca, Heterogeneous Catalytic Materials, Elsevier, ISBN-13:978-0444595249

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Eiichi Kikuchi et al., Atarashii Shokubai Kagaku, Sankyo Publishing (Japanese), ISBN-13:978-4782706886

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 (80%) and reports (20%).

Related courses

  • CAP.T531 : Advanced Catalytic Reactions I
  • CAP.A354 : Chemistry of Catalytic Processes I (Heterogeneous)

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

Students should have fundamental knowledge for physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry.

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