2023 Advanced Catalytic Reactions

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yokoi Toshiyuki 
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Course description and aims

This course gives fundamental knowledge of solid catalysts. In addition to fundamentals of solid catalysts, this course focuses on the fundamental physicochemical properties of metal oxides and porous materials and their catalytic applications. The effect of pore structures on the selectivity of catalytic reactions will also be discussed. Furthermore, hydrogenation, dehydrogenation and oxidation reactions over solid catalysts will be specifically explained from a chemical point of view.

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, oxidation, etc.).


Solid Catalyst, Catalytic Reactions, Metal Oxide, Porous Material

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 Overview of solid acid catalysts Understand overview of solid catalysts
Class 2 Metal Oxides as Acid-Base Catalytic Materials Understand acidity and basicity based on the structure of metal oxides.
Class 3 Porous Materials (Periodic Mesoporous Materials) Understand the structures and catalyses of solid materials such as periodic mesoporous materials.
Class 4 Porous Materials (Zeolites-fundamentals) Understand the structure and synthesis of zeolites.
Class 5 Porous Materials (Zeolites-Catalytic application) Understand the catalytic application of zeolites.
Class 6 Hydrogenation, Dehydrogenation and Oxidation Reactions Explain hydrogenation, dehydrogenation and oxidation reactions.
Class 7 Summary Review the course contents

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.


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 based on attendance/mini-report (40%) and report (60%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I416 : Catalysis for the Environmental Issues
  • 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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