CY2010 : Kinetics and Catalysis

Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Course title Kinetics and Catalysis Course No CY 2xxx





New Credits L T E P O C Old Credits L T P C
3 6 9 3 0 0 3
Offered for 4th Semester, B.Tech Chemical Engineering Status New
Faculty Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Type Theory
Pre-requisite CY1001 To take effect from Jan 2017
Submission date Date of approval by DCC Date of approval by BAC Date of approval by Senate



The objective is to introduce the concepts of chemical kinetics and catalysis. The students will be able to apply the concepts to homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis including electrocatalysis.

Course Contents

Chemical Kinetics:

Recollection of basic concepts of chemical kinetics; Mechanism of chemical reactions (steady state approximation, unimolecular decomposition-Lindemann mechanism) and Thermodynamic treatment of Transition State Theory.  (10 lectures)

Homogeneous Catalysis:

Reactions in solution, Influence of dielectric constant and ionic strength, salting-in, salting-out and kinetic isotope effects; Acid-base catalysis; Enzyme catalysis (Michaelis-Menten kinetics, turnover number, Lineweaver-Burke plot, inhibition of enzyme action- competitive, noncompetitive, uncompetitive); Micellar catalysis.  (12 lectures)

Heterogeneous Catalysis:

Structure of solid surfaces, Adsorption isotherms (BET, Freundlich and Langmuir, surface area determination); Kinetics and mechanisms of chemical reactions on surfaces, unimolecular reactions, bimolecular reactions (Langmuir-Hinshelwood and Eley-Rideal mechanisms); Concept of active site, turnover frequency, effect of surface structure on reactivity, surface restructuring, structure dependence and independence of catalytic reactions (Fe catalyst for NH3 synthesis); Supported and unsupported catalysts; Promoters and poisons.  (16 lectures)


Electrode-electrolyte interface (double layer theory); Mass transfer and charge transfer at the interface (cyclic voltammetry and rotating disk electrode); Single-step and multi- step reactions (symmetry factor and transfer coefficient); Butler-Volmer and Tafel kinetics.  (10 lectures)

Text Books

  1. J. Laidler, Chemical Kinetics, 3rd Edition, Pearson, 2009.
  2. M. Thomas and W.J. Thomas, Principles and Practice of Heterogeneous Catalysis, Wiley-VCH, 1997
  3. W. Atkins and Julio De Paula, Physical Chemistry by, 8th to 11th editions.
  4. A. van Santen ad J.W. Niemantsverdriet, Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis, Springer,2001.
  5. Eliezer Gileadi, Physical Electrochemistry, Wiley-VCH, 2011.