Chemical Reaction Engineering

Chemical Reaction Engineering
Fundamental principles and equations of chemical kinetics and reactor design.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesCH EN 373 & MATH 303; or CH EN 373 & MATH 334
 ProgramsContaining CH EN 386
Course Outcomes

Heterogeneous Catalytic Systems

Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of heterogeneous catalytic, and non-catalytic systems including potentially limiting mass-transfer and reaction resistances.

Analyzing Reactor Data

Students will be able to determine rate expressions by analyzing reactor data including integral and differential analysis on constant- and variable-volume systems.

Forward & Reverse Rates

Students will understand the relationship between forward and reverse rates and chemical equilibrium.


Students will understand and have a basic knowledge of how environmental considerations are incorporated into engineering problem solving.

Creative Thinking

Students will exhibit critical and creative thinking skills for analysis and evaluation of problems and cause-effect relationships.

Problem Solving

Students will demonstrate an ability to solve engineering problems.

Competing Reactions

Students will understand the kinetics of competing reactions and their influence on product yield and selectivity.

Multiple Isothermal Reactors

Students will be able to design systems of multiple isothermal reactors.

Rate Expressions

Students will be able to develop rate expressions from elementary step mechanisms using steady-state and quasi-equilibrium approximations.

Advanced Math Software

Students will be able to solve numerical problems using advanced math software.

Parallel Systems

Students will be able to select and size isothermal reactors for series and/or parallel systems of reactions.

Performance Calculations

Students will be able to size and do performance calculations on single, isothermal plug-flow, CSTR, and batch reactors for a single homogeneous or heterogeneous reaction given either rate data or a rate expression.


Students will understand fundamentals of kinetics including definitions of rate and forms of rate expressions and relationships between moles, concentration, extent of reaction and conversion.

Graphical Data

Students will demonstrate effective interpretation of graphical data.

Pore Diffusion

Students will understand the effects of mass and heat transfer, particularly pore diffusion, on heterogeneous catalytic systems.

Reactor Design Practical Considerations

Students will understand practical considerations of reactor design including materials of construction, mixing, heat transfer, and economics.

Technical Material

Students will demonstrate effective reading of technical material.

Solution Sophistication

Students will be able to rationalize units, make order of magnitude estimates, assess reasonableness of solutions, and select appropriate levels of solution sophistication.


Students will understand and have a basic knowledge of how safety considerations are incorporated into engineering problem solving.

Performance Equations

Students will be able to derive batch, CSTR, and PFR performance equations from general material balances.

Non-Isothermal Reactors

Students will be able to select and size non-isothermal reactors.

Heat Capacity

Students will understand and be able to apply the concepts of heat capacity, latent heat, heat of reaction, heat of combustion, and heat of formation.