CHE6881 - Advanced reaction engineering - 2017

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering


Professor Sankar Bhattacharya

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is available only to Engineering PhD students.


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.

Workload requirements

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

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