To treat the concepts of catalysis in an integrated manner as a tool for the chemist. Bio-, homogeneous- and heterogeneous catalysis will be covered.
Form of education
Lectures, practical sessions, excursion, poster presentation, report and chemistry in context.
The courses Organic Chemistry 2, and Inorganic Chemistry and Solids from the 2nd year bachelor are recommended to follow this course. In case these subjects have not been followed, it is the student’s own responsibility to contact the respective lecturers when problems may arise.
Syllabi, text material and handouts will be made available (e.g. via Blackboard); also, the book “Catalysis, Concepts and Green Applications, 2nd Revised & Enlarged Edition”, Wiley-VCH, Gadi Rothenberg, 2017.
Exam (65%) assignment (35%)
- Partial grades should be at least 5,0
- Final grades should be at least 5,5 (which becomes a 6,0).
For reexamination, the following requirements are set:
- The final grade should be at least a 4,0.
Students that have passed the group assignment last year are eligible for exemption this year. In that case, the results of last year will be used for grading this year.
For excellent students, who wish to deepen their knowledge in catalysis (and, consequently earn up to 1 full extra point on the total course mark) we offer an extra assignment. This assignment will result in a graded presentation on a current topic in catalysis for which up to 1 bonus point may be earned. Each student will get a recent high impact paper around which she/he will construct and give a 10-minute presentation. This way the students who join the “meerklasje” will both deepen their knowledge in a current topic in catalysis and improve their presentation skills. As part of this assignments, participants to the meerklasje will be visiting our catalysis laboratories twice to see how research in catalysis actually takes place.
The earned bonus point will be void for the re-take exam.
The written exam has 3 questions; 1 question per part. The different subsections each have their own weight, which will contribute to 1 final grade:
- Heterogeneous catalysis: 47%
- Molecular catalysis: 47%
- Lecture patent law: 6%
Practical information: The assignment subjects include chemical substances among the most largely produced building blocks:
- methyl methacrylate
- maleic anhydride
- terephthalic acid
Groups of 6 students will be made based on individual interest in a certain topic.
- To get insight into a current industrial catalytic production process, to design new catalytic production processes based on renewable resources and to assess and reflect on the sustainability issues and advantages of the old and new routes. To this extent, a chemical substance currently produced in large volumes and used as chemical building block will be chosen. The status quo process to obtain such chemical should first be presented. Then, two alternative routes should be found, one starting from CO2, one from biomass/waste. Such routes should be a multiple-step catalytic process. 20% of the assignment should be dedicated to the sustainability considerations of the old and new routes.
- Describe the chemical substance of choice, its physical properties, applications and the production routes that are currently in use, focusing specifically and into depth to the status quo of the current mostly employed way of producing it;
- Give a general overview of other two alternative routes, one route starting from CO2, one with Biomass/waste as starting material;
- Describe a detailed overview of the catalytic steps of both routes. Take all conditions and properties of the process into critical account; that is, process conditions, mechanism, catalyst materials (structures), etc.
- Two posters should be created, one for the route starting from CO2 and one for the Biomass/waste alternative. Both posters offer the current industrial route as introduction. A template for the poster will be made available on Blackboard. This template should be strictly adhered to. Pay attention to the deadline for approval of the poster and the printing deadlines at Xerox.
- Furthermore, the title and a PDF file of the poster should be sent to the assistants Laurens Mandemaker and Silvia Zanoni (contact details below).
- Week 37: Work on the assignment, look for literature and discuss the approach.
- Week 38: Discuss the approach, and study literature of the catalysis assignment. 21st of September, hand in the plan of approach.
- Week 39: Meet with professors to discuss the plan of approach.
- Week 40: 5th of October, hand in first version of poster.
- Wek 41: 12th of October, hand in second version of poster and first version of paper.
- Week 42: Discuss/feedback on the first version of the paper.
- 17th of October: poster needs to be sent to Xerox to print at the latest.
- Week 43: 22nd of October, poster presentation
- 2nd of November, BEFORE 17.00 h: hand in paper to supervisor (PDF format, via e-mail).
The excursion will be day-long and on October 19th. The excursion will take place at an industrial company. PLEASE NOTE: for the excursion we need an ID-card or passport number (no drivers licenses). This same document should be brought on the day itself to be checked. Furthermore, be aware of the clothing requirements; closed-toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves.
For any general questions regarding the paper, excursion, and results, please contact:
Laurens Mandemaker; L.D.B.Mandemaker@uu.nl
Silvia Zanoni; S.Zanoni@uu.nl.