2020 Advanced Reaction Process Engineering

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Tago Teruoki 
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Course description and aims

In Advanced Reaction Process Engineering, a lecture for graduate students (mainly graduate school first graders), students study the fundamentals and applications of the catalytic reaction engineering.
First, understand the outline of a suitable reactor for synthesizing chemicals (raw materials of chemicals) from fossil resources, and learn how to analyze the reaction kinetics using plug-flow reactor (PFR). Next, after understanding Fick’s diffusion low and mass-transfer phenomena by diffusion, we learn gas-solid catalytic reaction. Understand the diffusion and reaction within the porous solid catalyst, and learn the catalyst evaluation method using Thiele modulus and effectiveness factor. Finally, we will learn the catalyst deactivation phenomena and deactivation function.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the relationship between synthesis of chemicals and appropriate types of reactor
2) Understand the analytical method of reaction rate and kinetics
3) Understanding diffusion in the pores and reaction phenomena within the porous catalyst
4) Understand the Thiele modulus and the effective factor
5) Understand catalyst deterioration phenomenon


Chemical reaction engineering, reaction rate analysis, diffusion and reaction, solid catalyst, effectiveness factor, catalyst deactivation phenomena

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Required learning should be completed outside of the classroom for preparation and review purpose.
In every class, a summary of the previous lecture is given.
Towards the end of each class, students are required to solve exercise problems related to the material covered in the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Intoroduction to chemical reaction engineering Understand the appropriate reactor types to produce chemicals
Class 2 Batch reactor design and its application Understand batch reactor and semi-batch reactors design
Class 3 CSTR (Continuous stirred tank reactor) design and its application Understand application of CSTR and unsteady state operation
Class 4 PFR (Plug flow reactor) design and its application Understand multi-tubular Reactor (PFR) and combination of Reactors (CSTR+PFR)
Class 5 Gas-solid catalytic reaction Understand effectiveness factor, reaction rate kinetic and analysis
Class 6 Gass-solid catalytic reaction Catalyst de-activation Understand catalyst de-activation and de-activation function
Class 7 Non-itothermal reaction sysmte Understand reactor design for non-isothermal reaction system


Course materials are provided during class

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Kenji Hashimoto. Hannou Kougaku. Tokyo: Baifukan. ISBN-10: 4563045187.
Octave Levenspiel. Chemical Reaction Engineering. Wiley, ISBN 9780471254249.

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems (50%), Final exam. (50%)

Related courses

  • CAP.C206 : Chemical Reaction Engineering I (Homogeneous System)
  • CAP.C306 : Chemical Reaction Engineering II (Heterogeneous System)
  • CAP.C411 : Chemical Engineering for Advanced Materials and Chemicals Processing I
  • CAP.C425 : Advanced Bioprocess Engineering
  • CAP.C443 : Advanced Reaction-Separation Process
  • CAP.C521 : Chemical Engineering in Global Business

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



Score evaluation will be conducted by confirming the level of understanding principle, operation and actual application of Catalytic reaction engneering

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