CHE3164 - Reaction engineering - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Professor Sankar Bhattacharya (Clayton)
Dr Chai Siang Piao (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


CHE2163, CHE2164


CHE3101, CHE4102


This unit aims to develop a fundamental understanding of chemical reaction kinetics and reactor design, including:

  1. Fundamentals of design of ideal reactors
  2. Rate laws, collection and analysis of rate data, stoichiometry
  3. Isothermal reactor design
  4. Multiple reactions, reaction mechanisms and pathways
  5. An introduction to bio-reaction engineering
  6. Non-isothermal reactor design including reactive chemical hazards and safety in reactors with exothermic reactions
  7. Catalysis and catalytic reactors, catalyst deactivation and regeneration.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of chemical kinetics and reactor design in chemical industry.
  2. Apply the fundamentals of chemical kinetics for complicated reactions.
  3. Apply the fundamentals of kinetics of catalytic reactions, including some biochemical reactions.
  4. Describe the fundamentals of reactor design.
  5. Apply advanced mathematics to complicated problems of reactor design.
  6. Analyse the behaviour of complicated reactors.
  7. Apply the fundamental principles of reaction engineering to a wide range of problems, e.g. in traditional petrochemical and chemical industry, in pharmaceutical industry, in energy industry, in environmental protection.
  8. Analyse new reaction engineering problems and formulating original solutions.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Assignments/Tests/Laboratory: 40% + Final Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) 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 practicals and 6 hours of private study per week, and two 4-hour laboratory experiments and associated reporting during the semester.

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