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Fall 2013-2014
CBE 421 / CHM 421 / ENE 421   No Audit

Catalytic Chemistry

Jay B. Benziger

Concepts of heterogeneous catalysis applied to chemical processes. Major industrial processes based on heterogeneous catalysis, including ammonia synthesis, partial oxidation, petroleum refining, and environmental control. The major classes of heterogeneous catalysts, such as solid acids and transition metals, and the classes of chemical reactions catalyzed by these materials. Processing conditions and reactor design are considered. Fundamentals of surface reactivity will be explored.

Sample reading list:
C.H. Bartholomew and R.J. Farrauto, Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes
J.M. Thomas and W.J. Thomas, Principles and Practice of Heterogeneous Catalysis
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly readings accompanying the lectures. One short paper and a 15 minute oral presentation. One 30 minute class presentation and 10 page paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
CHM 303.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21224 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Engineering Quad D-Wing   D221   Enrolled:4 Limit:40