2016 Advanced Catalytic Reactions I

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

[Summary of the course] This course gives fundamental knowledge of catalysis of solid materials based on physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry.
[Aim of the course] 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) Acquire fundamental knowledge of catalysis based on physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry.
2) Deepen their knowledge of chemistry through heterogeneous catalysis.
3) 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

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 Role of Catalysts and Adsorption Phenomena Explain the role of catalyst and adsorption phenomena.
Class 2 Preparation of Solid Catalysts Understand preparation procedures of solid catalysts.
Class 3 Characterization of Catalytic Materials-1 (Overview) Understand the overview for characterization of catalytic materials.
Class 4 Characterization of Catalytic Materials-2 (Spectroscopy) Understand characterization methods of catalytic materials by spectroscopic techniques.
Class 5 Characterization of Catalytic Materials-3 (Probe Reaction) Understand characterization methods of catalytic materials using probe molecules.
Class 6 Reaction Kinetics Derivation of rate equations of chemical reactions.
Class 7 Reaction Mechanism (Cationic and Anionic Reactions) Explain reaction mechanisms involving formations of cations and anions.
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, ISBN13-978-0444595249

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Eiichi Kikuchi et al., Atarashii Shokubai Kagaku, Sankyo Publishing (Japanese), ISBN13-978-4782706886

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.T532 : Advanced Catalytic Reactions II
  • 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.


This lecture will be opened simultaneously at the Ookayama and Suzukakedai campuses.

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