This is the study programme for 2020/2021. It is subject to change.

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of heterogeneous catalytic science and technology for gas conversion and oil refining applications. Course modules will cover the preparation and mechanistic characterization of heterogeneous catalyst systems, kinetics of catalyzed reactions, adsorption and surface reactions. An introduction to heterogeneous catalysis in various oil and gas-related applications, such as syngas production, methanol synthesis, gas to liquid technology, oil refining, CO2 conversion and utilization, etc. will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the design and properties of hierarchical nanostructures that are applied in advanced oil and gas reaction engineering. This course will also provide the engineering students with necessary background for understanding various nanomaterials characterization techniques, including adsorption/desorption isotherms, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, etc.

Learning outcome

On completion, students should
  • Understand the historic perspective and future developments of catalysis
  • Be able to formulate reaction mechanisms for chemical reactions and to derive correlations between material properties and catalysis
  • Understand various nanomaterial synthesis/characterization and catalysis characterization techniques
  • Have a deep understanding on a variety of industrial practices for oil refining and gas conversion, as well as renewable energy conversion techniques
  • Come up with the approaches for literature review of their research background and apply the principles and techniques covered in the course to their own research project
  • Be able to apply the covered theory to known industrial problems


  • Chemical reaction engineering: thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, reaction mechanism and rate laws, chemical reactor fundamentals
  • Heterogeneous catalysis: importance of catalysis, adsorption, desorption, surface reaction, diffusion, rates and kinetics of catalytic reactions, deactivation
  • Catalyst preparation and characterization: nanomaterials preparation methods, different characterization techniques
  • Industrial use of natural gas: syngas technologies, gas to liquids, gas to chemicals, etc.
  • Industrial oil refining: reforming, cracking, isomerization, desulphurization, etc.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/1 A - F

Coursework requirements


Course teacher(s)

Method of work

Lectures, team projects and presentation, laboratory work

Open to

Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme, Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years. The total number of participants on the course is limited to a maximum of 20 students.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 05.06.2020