Applied Chemical Catalysis - 10236465
Course Title
Applied Chemical Catalysis
Course Number
Instructor Name
Samar Al Shakhshir
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
Second Semester 2021
Second Semester 2020
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

An elective 3-lecture course that introduces applied chemistry students to different aspects of chemical catalysis. Both theory and applications of catalysis are included. The course covers different types of homogeneous, heterogeneous and hybrid types of catalysis. Catalysis by molecular organometallic compounds and zeolites is involved together with surface catalysis by metals and metal oxides. Photocatalysis is also included. Applications of catalysis in organic reactions such as hydrogenation, reforming, carbonylation, isomerization, and other petrochemical processes are included. Environmental applications of catalysis, such as cleanup processes by solar light and CO oxidation are also included.

Course Objectives

The course aims at helping students acquire preliminary concepts of applied catalyst systems, currently used in chemical industry. The course focuses on chemical basis and aspects of the topic, in a critical approach. The student will use own basic principles to critically make decisions, and preference between different types of catalysts, based on safety, cost, recovery, environmental impact, efficiency and time. The student will also make judgments and formulate specific recommendations on the best catalyst to be chosen for a particular industrial chemical process. The course involves in-depth understanding of catalytic reaction mechanisms, and using such knowledge to kinetically control reaction progress.  Moreover, the course equips the student with basic skills needed for future research activities in the area.

Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Master concepts, theories and applications of different types of catalysts: homogeneous, zeolites and surface catalysts
  2. Use catalysts in modern organic synthesis
  3. Make decisions and consultations on choosing the best catalyst for a given industrial process
  4. Make recommendations on best suitable types of catalyst systems, advantages and disadvantages of each type
  5. Read literature on modern applications of catalysis, and state-of-the-art research in the area.
  6. Drawing own future research activities in the field.
Textbook and References


1) B.C. Gates, Catalytic Chemistry, (1992), J. Wiley.

2) Hikmat Hilal, Homogeneous Catalysis with Transition Metal Complexes, Najah University.

3) John C. ChadwickRob DuchateauZoraida FreixaPiet W. N. M. van Leeuwen, Homogeneous Catalysts: Activity - Stability - Deactivation June (2011), J. Wiley,     ISBN: 978-3-527-32329-6.


3) C. Masters, Homogeneous Transition Metal Catalysis, Science Paperbacks

4) Jens Hagen, Industrial Catalysis: A Practical Approach, 2nd ed., J. Wiley, (2006), J. Wiley.
5) Other references: On-line journal (Applied Catalysis, Catalysis Today, Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Organometallics, …) and internet search.

Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
first hour exam 30%
First assignment 10%
Second assignment 10%
final exam 50%