Eric M Stuve
CHEM E 560
Fundamental studies of adsorption and reactions on metallic and non-metallic surfaces with emphasis on heterogeneous catalysis and electrochemistry, including fuel cells. Topics include gas phase and liquid phase surface reactions, analyzed both experimentally and computationally. Prerequisite: undergraduate level course in kinetics or catalysis.
This course covers reactions at solid surfaces, primarily with respect to heterogeneous catalysis. The course focuses on concept of adsorption, desorption, and surface reactions rather than on experimental techniques. Lectures and homework problems will cover experimental and theoretical cases of surface reactions. A class project involves group work to analyze one particular type of surface reaction.
Student learning goals
Obtain turnover frequency and activation energies from surface reaction data
Develop a reaction mechanism and identify rate determining step(s)
Distinguish between kinetic and thermodynamic limitations in surface reactions
Interpret data in terms of theoretical or phenomenological models
General method of instruction
Instruction is by lectures, homework, two midterm exams, and a class project.
This graduate level course is open to students of chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science, bioengineering and other students with an undergraduate background in reactions and reaction kinetics. The course is recommended for students pursuing research in surface science, heterogeneous reactions, electronic materials, and biomaterials at surfaces. The course is intended as a general graduate level course; previous work in surface science and catalysis is not required.
Class assignments and grading
There will be weekly homework assignments with students encouraged to work in groups. Two midterm exams will cover the material on the material and are open book and open note. A class project will help students specialize in some aspect of surface reactions.
Grades are based on curved scores.