2021 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 this course, students will learn the fundamentals and applications of chemical reaction engineering.
This course provides an overview of chemical reaction processes from raw materials such as fossil resources to basic chemicals (raw materials for fine chemical production) and fine chemicals, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of reactors. First, students will learn the application of reactors and reaction operations. Students will learn about semi-batch reactor operations, coupling of reactors, and recycling systems. Next, we will focus on the types of reactions (complex reactions, exothermic reactions, and solid catalytic reactions) and learn about the appropriate reactors and reactor design for each type of reaction.

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 Batch reactor design and its application Understand the appropriate reactor types to produce chemicals Understand batch reactor and semi-batch reactors design
Class 2 CSTR (Continuous stirred tank reactor) design and its application Understand application of CSTR and unsteady state operation
Class 3 PFR (Plug flow reactor) design and its application Understand multi-tubular Reactor (PFR) and combination of Reactors (CSTR+PFR)
Class 4 Complex reaction Understand reactor design for complex reactions.
Class 5 exothermic reaction Understand reactor design for exothermic reactions.
Class 6 Solid catalytic reaction Understand reactor design for solid catalytic reactions.
Class 7 Knowledge retention and confirmation of understanding Understand chemical reaction system.

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.


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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