Postgraduate taught 

Industrial Heterogeneous Catalysis MRes

Catalyst testing and industrial process development. CHEM5069

  • 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 techniques involved in catalyst testing and process development. Topics to be covered will include reaction engineering, laboratory testing methodologies with examples from current industrial processes and feedstock purification. Process examples using batch, continuous and flow reactors will be discussed.


One-week course with tutorial component delivered fortnightly throughout semester 1.

Excluded Courses





written exam (100%), answer 3 questions from a choice of 4.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce reaction engineering and process testing and development from lab to plant.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. Evaluate which reactor is most suitable for a given catalytic reaction

2. Prepare a catalyst testing programme

3. Compare and contrast the advantages and limitations of a given reactor

4. Critically appraise reaction data sets

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.