King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
CHE 440 (Term 051, 2005-2006)
Catalysis and Catalytic Processes
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to science of catalytic chemistry and to demonstrate how this knowledge is used in modern industry in the large-scale manufacture of chemicals. The subject matter of the course should be of interest to chemical engineers and chemists who expect to make their career in the chemical industry.
Dr. Sulaiman Al-Khattaf
Examination Schedule: Mid Term Exam, Sunday 11th Nov 2005
Grading Policy: Mid Term Exam 30%
Assignments and Class attendance 10%
Final Examination 40%
2. Definition of catalysis , homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
3. Characteristics of catalytic reactions, important for chemical processing
4. Adsorption on catalytic surfaces, kinetic models, catalyst preparation, physical characterization of catalysts, supported metal catalysts.
5. Diffusion effect
6. Thiele Modulus and Effectiveness factor
7. Catalyst deactivation
8. Kinetic of catalytic reactions
9. Industrial catalytic processes
10. Zeolite chemistry, Catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons, Hydrocarking, Petrochemical industries.
A term project will be assigned to each student. The student must submit a report and make an oral presentation on his project before the end of the semester.
List of subjects;
1- Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC)
3- Hydrodesulfrization (HDS)
4- Naphtha reforming
5- Steam reforming
6- Xylene isomerization
7- Toluene disproportionation
9- Oxidation (propylene and ethylene oxidation)
10- Toluene hydrodealkylation
11- Ammonia synthesis
The report should be 10 pages minimum. The report should include the following sections;
b)- Reaction chemistry and kinetics
d)- Reactor and process
e)- Saudi Industries
1- Satterfield, “Heterogeneous Catalysis in Practice” McGraw Hill, 1990.
2- Gates, Katzer, Schuit, “ Chemistry of Catalytic Processes” McGraw Hill, 1979.