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Course Overview

The MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering is developed for undergraduate degree holders in chemical or related engineering to equip them with advanced technical skills and knowledge in chemical engineering. Catalyst and Reactor Design is a core course of the program. It aims to provide the students with sufficient breadth and depth of catalysis and its application for catalyst design and theory and practice of reactor engineering.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Waheed Afzal

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is divided between two parts. The available teaching and learning time may be spent equally between these parts:

Catalyst Design and Characterization:

Catalyst function; catalyst structure and surface chemistry; catalyst development, materials and preparation methods; catalyst testing, characterization and kinetics; catalyst deactivation and regeneration.

Reactor Design:

Review of fundaments of reaction engineering, reaction kinetics and ideal reactors; transport processes in heterogeneous reactions catalysed by solids; gas-liquid and gas-solid reactions without catalysts; reaction and reactor modelling; non-ideal reactors; reactor scale-up and optimization.

Suggested References:

Richardson, James T. Principles of catalyst development. Springer, 1989.

Nauman, E. Bruce. Chemical reactor design, optimization, and scale-up. Wiley, 2002.

Froment, Gilbert F., Kenneth B. Bischoff, Juray De Wilde, Chemical reactor analysis and design, 3rd Ed, 2011.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Written examination (80%), design project (20%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


The students will receive a generic feedback within 3 weeks of the assessment submission or exam. Specific feedback can be requested by teh student.

Course Learning Outcomes


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