Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis

Overall Course Objectives

To give the participants the theoretical basis of chemical kinetics and catalysis, so that they can use these basic concepts in the planning and operation of industrial chemical processes.

Learning Objectives

  • Derive a rate expression based on catalytic reaction mechanisms (elementary steps)
  • Calculate the apparent reaction order and activation energy for a catalytic mechanism
  • Derive a mathematical model for the combined diffusion and reaction in a catalyst pellet
  • Calculate an approximate value of the effectiveness factor for any reaction in any geometry
  • Understand trends of the catalytic performance of heterogeneous catalysts
  • Describe a number of important mechanisms for catalyst deactivation
  • Calculate the reaction order and activation energy for a gas phase reaction based on experimental data; Calculate Arrhenius parameters for an elementary reaction from experimental data
  • Apply steady state and partial equilibrium analysis on a detailed reaction mechanism
  • Calculate kinetic or thermodynamic parameters based on the relationship between rate constants and equilibrium constants
  • Apply collision theory and transition state theory to estimate rate constants
  • Establish a reaction mechanism for a chemical process based on data bases
  • Explain some often used tools for characterization of heterogeneous catalysts

Course Content

Basic kinetic concepts, theories of reaction rates, elementary gas-phase reactions, reaction mechanisms and kinetic modeling, elementary reactions in solution, reactions on surfaces and heterogeneous catalysis, characterization of real catalysts and single crystal surfaces, microkinetic modeling and comparison to experimental rate expressions, basics on testing of heterogeneous catalysts including heat and mass transfer in catalytic reactions, discussion of selected bulk chemical heterogeneously catalyzed processes.
The content of the course is relevant for sustainable production which will be illustrated in the course.

Recommended prerequisites

Knowledge of physical chemistry corresponding to course 26222 of mathematics corresponding to 01035 or 28160.
Knowledge about chemical process technology corresponding to 28020, Introduction to Chemical Reaction Engineering 28140

Teaching Method

Lectures, problem sessions, homework problems


Please contact Peter Glarborg concerning the part of the course dealing with gas phase kinetics and general questions.

Please contact Anker Degn Jensen concerning the part of the course dealing with liquid phase reactions and catalytic reactions

See course in the course database.





13 weeks


Chemical Engineering


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 28242
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 8-12

7.500,00 DKK