Course syllabus


KTK012 KTK012 Catalysis lp4 VT24 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Contact details


Course purpose

The overall aim of the course is to provide understanding of the basic and applied aspects of the phenomenon catalysis and important industrial applications of heterogeneous catalysis. The level of understanding should be such that the students in their profession as engineers should be able to participate in discussions regarding selection of catalysts, methods to prepare and characterize catalysts, and methods to avoid catalyst deactivation.



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The course starts on Tuesday March 26 at 10:00 in KS101



Course literature

Heterogeneous Catalysis –Fundamentals and Applications (Elsevier 2012) by Julian R.H. Ross (available at Chalmers library as e-book).


Course design


The course starts with the fundamentals of catalysis, aiming for understanding of the correlation between surface structure, catalytic properties, and choice of materials and preparation methods to produce industrial catalysts. Methods to characterize chemical and physical properties of heterogeneous catalysts are described, and mechanisms for deactivation of industrial catalysts as well as methods to avoid catalyst deactivation, are explained. In the course, also homogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis are described.


The course includes a lecture series and a project work carried out in a group under the supervision of a researcher in the field.


Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

- Describe the basics of catalytic activity and selectivity.
- Describe chemical and physical properties of catalytically active materials.
- Exemplify industrial applications where catalysis is of central importance.
- Describe the structure of industrial catalysts and synthesis methods for preparation of heterogeneous catalysts.
- Explain mechanisms for deactivation of heterogeneous catalysts and describe methods to avoid catalyst deactivation.
- Describe methods to characterise chemical and physical properties of heterogeneous catalysts.
- Describe the concepts of homogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis.
- Carry out a project work in the area including planning, literature search, interpretation, discussion, and oral and written presentation.

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen.

Study plan


Examination form

Written exam (grades TH) and approved written report  of the project (grades UG).


Course summary:

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