Kinetics and Reaction Engineering


Introduces students to the application of kinetics and reaction engineering in chemical engineering processes. The course will not only serve as an introduction to the fundamental principles of kinetics and reaction engineering, but also to the practical application of the technology in industry.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To develop an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying kinetics and reaction engineering

2. To understand issues related to the practical application of reaction engineering

3. To establish expertise relevant to the practice of kinetics and reaction engineering


PART (A): Homogeneous reaction kinetics and engineering

  1. Kinetics and thermodynamics, types of reactions, reaction mechanisms, equilibrium considerations.
  2. The rate expression. Determination of the reaction rate form by differential and integral methods. Determination of the rate constant.
  3. Performance equations for batch, plug flow and continuous flow reactors. The concepts of space time, residence time and space velocity. Interpretation of results from reactors.
  4. Optimisation for single reactions. Implications of using of multiple reactors in various configurations. Interpretation of results. Reactor design for multiple reactions.
  5. Heat effects. Temperature effects on yield. Energy balance. Adiabatic and non-adiabatic operations.
  6. Non-ideal behaviour. RTD measurements and implications.

PART (B): Heterogeneous reaction kinetics and engineering

  1. Distinguishing features of heterogeneous reactions. The concept of rate controlling step.
  2. Gas-fluid reactions. The shrinking core model. Reactor design using the plug flow and fluidised bed models.
  3. Adsorption isotherms, the Langmuir model. The importance of adsorption in catalytic reactions and reaction mechanisms.
  4. The physical properties of catalysts. Determination of the surface area, porosity and pore size distribution. Molecular, Knudsen and surface diffusion in catalysts.
  5. Simultaneous diffusion and chemical reaction in catalysts. The concept of effectiveness factor.
  6. Interpretation of data and analysis of catalytic reactor performance. Simple reactor design for catalytic reactions.

Assumed Knowledge

First and Second Year Maths and Chemistry, CHEE3320 Thermodynamics

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term