Most processes in petroleum and chemical industries utilize catalytic reactions. Moreover, many emerging technologies in the energy sector and in green chemistry for sustainability rely on catalysis. This course provides the fundamentals of synthesis, characterization and testing of catalytic materials with an emphasis on metal and metal oxide nanoparticles, the most widely used class of catalysts. Methodologies for development of molecular-level reaction mechanisms, material structure-activity relations and kinetic models are described. The course is essential for anyone planning a career in the chemical industry. It is recommended for all professionals working with nanoparticles and also with diverse applications where the solid-gas interface is important.
Schedule: Thursday at 6:15 - 8:45 pm in Burchard-430
Textbook: “Concepts of Modern Catalysis and Kinetics” by I. Chorkendorff , J. W. Niemantsverdriet, Wiley-VCH; 2nd, Revised and Enlarged Edition (2007), ISBN-10: 3527316728, ISBN-13: 978-3527316724.
Additional recommended reading (optional): “Heterogeneous Catalysis for the Synthetic Chemist” Robert L. Augustine, CRC Press; 1st edition (1995), ISBN-10: 0824790219, ISBN-13: 978-0824790219.
CH-115 General Chemistry I or equivalent.
CH-116 General Chemistry II or equivalent.
CHE-234 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics or equivalent.
Registration: If you have taken the prerequisite courses at a different university, please send this information to the instructor (Simon.Podkolzin@Stevens.edu) to receive a waiver. Use the E-mail confirmation with the waiver from the instructor to have the prerequisite restrictions removed by your Department office (CHE and MT student should contact Ms. Nancy Webb at the CEMS office).
The course can be taken as a Chemistry Elective by ChE undergraduate students.