- Knowledge of several types of catalytic reactions with their mechanism and applications.
- Fundamental understanding of adsorption as basis for catalyst characterization and kinetics.
- Knowledge and use of kinetics of catalytic reactions, mathematical description and physical basis.
- Basic understanding on effects of diffusion on catalytic relations.
This course prepares for research in the field of catalysis, nanostructured materials and gas adsorption. Fundamentally different mechanisms of catalytic reactions on surfaces (acid-base, metals and oxides) are introduced and linked to related industrial processes. The first step of all catalytic reactions on surfaces involves adsorption. For that reason we discuss both physisorption and chemisorption, the former also for the study of surface area and texture of porous solids. An introduction into kinetics is based on Langmuir-Hinshelwood descriptions as well as collision theory and transition state theory. The impact of diffusion on the rate of catalytic reactions is dealt with.