Preparation of Catalytic Materials CHEM5074

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course will introduce the methodologies involved in catalyst preparation. Topics to be covered will include the structure of solids and surfaces, support properties, impregnation, coprecipitation and forming. Aspects of scale-up will be discussed, highlighting common pitfalls and how to avoid them.


One-week course with tutorial component delivered fortnightly throughout semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

Admission to MRes programme in Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis

Excluded Courses





written exam (100%), 3 question from a choice of 4

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is for students to understand the nature and preparation of catalytically active materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Evaluate and assess different heterogeneous catalyst preparation methodologies for a given catalyst formulation.

2. Compare and contrast the catalysts produced by these methodologies.

3. Compare and contrast the chemical and physical differences between the surface of a solid and the bulk.

4. Explain, illustrate and compare the key structures of some inorganic materials.

5. Evaluate the process of forming, explaining the key parameters that must be considered

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.