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Chemical Reaction Engineering II


Multiphase catalytic and non-catalytic reactors are ubiquitously found in chemical, biochemical and petrochemical industries for manufacturing variety of useful products. Effective design of such reactors for improved productivity requires detailed understanding of the underlying principles that govern their functioning. This second level course on chemical reaction engineering will extensively cover design of fluid-solid catalytic and non- catalytic reactors. Moreover, residence time distribution is an important aspect that is often used for various fault- diagnosis purposes. This course also covers various aspects of RTD and its applicability in designing non-ideal reactors. The material covered in this course will build on the basic topics of the first level chemical reaction engineering course.

Chemical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Petrochemical engineering, Biotechnology 

CORE/ELECTIVE: Core/Elective

UG/PG: UG and PG

PREREQUISITES: Linear algebra, First course in reaction engineering, Heat and mass transfer

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Reliance, HPCL, BPCL, RCF, Other chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies

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Prof. Ganesh Viswanathan is an Associate Professor in Department of Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai. He obtained his Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from University of Houston and Postdoctoral training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His research interests are in the areas of systems biology, reactor engineering and non-linear dynamics.

Website: https://www.che.iitb.ac.in/faculty/ganesh/


Week 1  :  Introduction, Introduction to catalysis and catalytic processes, Catalyst properties and classification, Steps in catalysis, Adsorption isotherm 

Week 2  :   Surface reaction, Rate controlling steps and Rate law, Rate law: Pseudo-steady state hypothesis, Heterogeneous data analysis for reactor design
Week 3  : Design of reactors: PBR and CSTR, Case study: Chemical Vapor Deposition, Catalyst deactivation

Week 4  :  Catalyst deactivation: Reactor design, Diffusional effects: Introduction, Internal diffusion effects: Model development, Thiele modulus, Concentration profile

Week 5  :  Internal effectiveness factor, Falsification of kinetics, External mass transport limitations

Week 6  :  Mass transfer coefficient, Mass transfer to a single particle with reaction. Packed-bed reactor design, Mass transfer coefficient in Packed-beds, Example problems

Week 7  :  Overall effectiveness factor, Identification of internal diffusion- and reaction-limited regimes, Packed-bed reactor design, Generalized criterion

Week 8  :  Network of first order reactions, Use of experimental data, Packed-bed reactor design with external and internal mass transfer limitations, Fluidized bed reactor design

Week 9  :  Fluidized bed reactor design, Fluid-solid non-catalytic reactions 

Week 10  :  Fluid-solid non-catalytic reactions, Residence time distribution (RTD): Introduction, Non-ideal reactors

Week 11  :  Measurement of RTD, RTD function, Properties of RTD function, Reactor diagnostics and troubleshooting

Week 12  :  Reactor diagnostics and troubleshooting, Modeling non-ideal reactors, Zero parameter models 


Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 4 th Edition, H. Scott Fogler (main text) Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design, 2 nd Edition, G. F. Froment and Bischoff
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date and Time of Exams: April 27 2019(Saturday) . Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Bombay.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.