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Chemical Engineering

CHEE323

CHEE323 : Industrial Catalysis

Personnel

Instructor

Robin HutchinsonDupuis 426robin.hutchinson@queensu.ca613-533-6000x33097

TAs

Amin NasresfahaniDupuis B16
Jennifer AielloDupuis B1612jpa@queensu.ca

Course Description

Students will learn, discuss and apply knowledge of the chemical structure and reactivity of industrial catalytic compounds, with particular emphasis placed upon the integration of fundamental catalytic chemistry with the principles of chemical reaction engineering, transport phenomena and thermodynamics. Industrial processes of interest include homogeneous ionic, radical, and coordinative catalytic systems, as well as heterogeneous fluid-solid systems. The design component of the course will require students to develop catalytic processes to meet productivity targets from provided kinetic and thermodynamic data. (0/10/0/16/16)

PREREQUISITES:  ENCH 245, CHEE 321, CHEE 330 or permission of the Chemical Engineering department

 

Objectives and Outcomes

The objective of this course is to learn and apply knowledge of the chemical structure and reactivity of industrial catalytic compounds, with particular emphasis placed upon combining reaction kinetics, process conceptualization, and heat and mass transfer. Industrial processes of interest include homogeneous ionic, radical, and coordinative catalytic systems, as well as heterogeneous fluid-solid systems. For each system, the engineering principles employed for the design and operation of industrial processes will be discussed, including the development of reaction rate expressions using knowledge of reaction mechanisms, and the integration of these kinetic expressions with mass transfer principles.

Specific course learning outcomes include:

  1. Apply rate determining step, steady state hypothesis, and material balance equations appropriately to derive rate expressions from reaction coordinate diagrams and/or mechanisms for ionic, radical, and catalytic reaction networks.
  2. Integrate principles of chemical thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, interfacial mass transfer and diffusional mass transfer to develop mathematical models of multi-phase reactors.
  3. Design catalytic reactors to meet productivity targets from provided kinetic and thermodynamic data.

This course assesses the following attributes:

Knowledge base for Engineering (CLO 1, CLO2)

  • CHEE-KB-CHEM-1. Describes ionic, chain and catalytic multi-reaction sequences and identifies transport, kinetic rate, or equilibrium limitations in multiphase systems.

  • CHEE-KB-RE-1.  Analyzes reaction mechanisms, and develops expressions describing reaction kinetics for non-catalytic, catalytic, or electrokinetic processes.       

Design (CLO 3)

  • CHEE-DE-3. Develops equipment, process or product design incorporating performance requirements and constraints such as quality, yield, reliability, economics, safety, and standards and codes as appropriate.

Relevance to the Program

This course combines knowledge of the chemical structure and reactivity of industrial catalytic compounds, with reaction kinetics, process conceptualization and mass transfer principles. It implements chemistry and engineering science knowledge acquired in previous courses (ENCH 245 “Applied Organic Chemistry 1”, CHEE 330 “Heat and Mass Transfer Operations”, CHEE 321 “Chemical Reaction Engineering”) and extends it to catalytic processes of industrial interest. This course is core to students in the Engineering Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering (Process Option) programs.

Course Structure and Activities

3 lecture hours + 1 tutorial hour per week.  Please refer to SOLUS for times and locations.

Resources

Fogler 2011. Essentials of Chemical Reaction Engineering.

Clayden, Greeves and Warren, 2012, Organic Chemistry.

Welty, Wicks, Wilson and Rorrer, 2012, Heat and Mass Transfer.