King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals



CHE 532 (Term 061, 2006)

Heterogeneous Catalysis


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 class includes lectures on the concepts in adsorption-desorption, catalyst characterization, kinetic analysis of catalytic processes and catalyst decay. Students will also observe experimental work in catalyst testing and catalytic reaction in the catalysis lab elucidating the importance of catalysis. 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

Office: 16-246

Tel: 1429


Grading Policy: Mid Term Exam                             30%

                           Project                                           20%

                           Assignments and Class attendance  10%

                           Final Examination                           40%

                           Total                                              100%


1. Introduction

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.


Term Project:

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)

2- Hydrocracking

3- Hydrodesulfrization (HDS)

4- Naphtha reforming

5- Steam reforming

6- Xylene isomerization

7- Toluene disproportionation

8- Fisher-Tropsch

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;

a)- Introduction

b)- Reaction chemistry and kinetics

c)- Catalysts

d)- Reactor and process

e)- Saudi Industries

f)- References



1- Satterfield, “Heterogeneous Catalysis in Practice” McGraw Hill, 1990.

2- Gates, Katzer, Schuit, “ Chemistry of Catalytic Processes” McGraw Hill, 1979.

3- O, Levenspiel, “ Chemical Reaction Engineering” John Wiley & Sons, 1999.

4- , Fogler, H.S, “ Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering”., 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, (1999).