CHE5881 - Advanced reaction engineering - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Professor Sankar Bhattacharya

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


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
  • runaway reactions, reactor safety and reactive hazards
  • heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis 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
  • advanced reactor concepts for graphene production
  • use of metal organic frameworks in energy applications including catalysis
  • use of Gold as catalyst


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 catalysis, photocatalysis and biocatalysis systems
  • design and analyse reactor systems using numerical methods and commercial software Aspen Plus
  • synthesize advanced reactor designs for selective industrial applications
  • critiquing contemporary journal articles in conventional industrial catalysis and emerging catalysis


Continuous assessment: 50%

Final examination (2 hours): 50%

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 including presentations from industry, 2 hours tutorial/simulation work/familiarisation with instruments used for catalyst characterisation and 7 hours of private study/group work per week.

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