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Course, academic year 2021/2022
Catalysis - S111005
Title: Catalysis
Guaranteed by: Department of Organic Technology (111)
Faculty: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Actual: from 2020 to 2021
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:4
E-Credits: summer s.:4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Is provided by: AB111002
For type:  
Guarantor: Veselý Martin Ing. Ph.D.
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In this course, the integrated interpretation of the principles of heterogeneous, homogeneous, and enzyme catalyses is presented. A special attention is devoted to heterogenized catalysts. This bachelor course is a basis for the following master course in applied catalysis. The up-to-date character of the delivered information reflects the continuous and vivid development of the knowledge about catalysis.
Aim of the course
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Students will be able:

  • to solve research and applied tasks from the fields of heterogeneous, homogeneous and ezyme catalysis,
  • to monitor behaviour of catalysts in both laboratory and practice,
  • to use the results of characterization techniques applied to heterogeneous catalysts,
  • to select an appropriate catalyst for both laboratory and industrial applications

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R -Chorkendorf I., Niemantsverdriet J.W.:"Concepts in Modern Catalysis and Kinetics", Wiley-VCH, 2003, ISBN-10: 3527316728

A - Thomas J.M., Thomas W.J.: "Principles of Heterogeneous Catalysis" VCH, Weinheim 1999, ISBN: 978-3-527-29239-4

A - Ertl G., Knoezinger H., Weitkamp J.: "Handbook of Heterogeneous Catalysis" Wiley-VCH (1st. ed. 1997, 2nd. 2008, ISBN: 9783527610044

R - Selected current texts from the literature recommended by the lecturer during the lectures.

Learning resources
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A lot of supporting material is available for studying catalysis. Besides the recommended books on catalysis there is a plenty of information available under the key word "catalysis" in the electronic databases in the CIS (Central Information System) of the VSCHT. For applied catalysis, the most recommended is the "Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry".

Requirements to the exam
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A set of MCQ tests covering the programme of the course. The results of these tests are discussed with the lecturer during the semester.

Syllabus -
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1. Principles of accelerating and directing chemical reactions

2. Heterogeneous, homogeneous and enzyme catalysis

3. Structure and properties of catalytic complexes

4. Thermodynamic limits of catalysis

5. Kinetics of catalyzed reactions

6. Transport phenomena in solid catalysts

7. Texture of solid catalysts

8. Testing and monitoring of catalytic activity

9. Characterization of catalysts I (methods: AES, EMPA, ESCA)

10. Characterization of catalysts II (methods:DR-FTIR, LBA, ISS,LEED, SIMS)

11. Characterization of catalysts III (methods: SAXS, SEM, XDA, EXAFS)

12. Manufacture, deactivation and regeneration of catalysts

13. Examples of catalytic applications in various industries

14. Environmental catalysis

Entry requirements
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Basic knowledge in Inorganic chemistry , Organic chemistry, Physical chemistry and Biochemistry and Unit operations in Chemical Engineering.

Registration requirements
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The minimum prerequisites are:

succesfully passed courses in

  • Inorganic Chemistry I,
  • Organic chemistry I,
  • Physical chemistry I