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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ines Graca

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

(i) Assignment (30%)

(ii) Timed online test (30%)

(iii) Open book exam (40%) 


Resit (For Students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21)

Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralEvaluateSelect, design, characterise and evaluate the performance of catalysts for different products and processes.
ProceduralAnalyseSelect, analyse and size real reactors including those for heterogeneous systems.

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