Catalysis for Energy Conversion (PET615)

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of heterogeneous catalytic science and technology for energy conversion applications, including gas conversion, oil refining and clean energy production. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the design and properties of hierarchical nanostructures that are applied in advanced catalytic energy conversion. This course will also provide the engineering students with necessary background for understanding various nanomaterials preparation and characterization techniques.


Course description for study year 2023-2024

Facts

Course code

PET615

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Spring

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Spring

Language of instruction

English

Content

  • 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.
  • Clean energy production: H2 production, biogas production, environmental catalysis, etc.
  • Group laboratory work on catalyst preparation and characterization, and group project work on practical catalytic energy conversion

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 and catalyst characterization techniques
  • Have a good understanding of the most common industrial reactors and design the reactors for the important industrial energy conversion process
  • 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

Required prerequisite knowledge

None

Recommended prerequisites

Background in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science etc.

Exam

The final grade will consist of two parts1. Written exam (70%): calculators will be allowed during the written exam.2. Group project assignment (30%): it is not possible to re-evaluate the project assisgnment grade, but you could re-take the project assignmment when the course is taught the next time.

Coursework requirements

Assignment

Mandatory individual homework will need to be done to get access to the written exam.

Mandatory group laboratory work on catalyst preparation and characterization must be approved to get access to the written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Zhixin Yu

Head of Department:

Øystein Arild

Method of work

Lectures, team projects and presentations, laboratory work

Open for

Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme, Petroleum Engineering - Master`s Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering, 5 years.

Students in Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Energy Engineering are also welcome to take the course.

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.

Literature

The syllabus can be found in Leganto