Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Chemical Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Sankar Bhattacharya


The unit will develop a higher level understanding of reaction kinetics, catalysis and reactor design, including:

  • isothermal and non-isothermal reactor design - steady and unsteady states
  • reactor safety and reactive hazards
  • heterogeneous and biocatalysis
  • diffusion effects in catalytic reactions
  • residence time distribution
  • non-ideal reactor design and operation
  • density functional theory in catalysis
  • reactor design strategy for different industries including CO2 utilization
  • reactor design for different industries - chemical, minerals, environmental, biological and food processing


On successful completion of this units, students will be able to:

  • analyse and apply isothermal and non-isothermal kinetics
  • analyse the importance of catalysis in heterogeneous and biocatalysis systems
  • design and analyse reactor designs using numerical methods and software
  • synthesize advanced reactor designs for selective industrial applications
  • critiquing contemporary journal articles in industrial catalysis


Continuous assessment: 40%
Final examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours tutorial and 7 hours of private study/group work per week.

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