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Chemistry 318: Principles of Catalysis

Course Level: 
Third Year
Academic Year: 
2017/2018

CHEM 318, September-December 2016

MWF 9-10 am, Chemistry D300

 

Instructor: Parisa Mehrkhodavandi

Office:  D322

Office hours: By appointment

Email:  mehr@chem.ubc.ca

 

Textbook:

Rothenberg: Catalysis: Concepts and Green Applications

Available as an e-text UBC library

References Books:

Van Leeuwen;  Homogeneous Catalysis:  Understanding the Art

                       

Outline:

  1. Introduction and Green Chemistry
    • What is Green Chemistry?
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Stoichiometric vs catalytic processes
    • Mechanisms and techniques to study mechanisms
  2. Fundamental concepts
    • Basics of kinetics and thermodynamics of reactions
    • Coordination chemistry and bonding
    • Overview of substitution reactions
    • Principles of catalysis
    • Determining rate, 0th, 1st, 2nd order reactions
    • pre-equilibrium and the steady state approximation
    • catalyst deactivation, co-catalysts
  3. Industrially relevant homogeneous catalysis
    • Hydrogenation
    • Hydroformylation
    • Carbonylation
    • Olefin polymerization
    • Cyclic ester polymerization
    • Organocatalysis
    • Olefin metathesis
    • Cross coupling
    • Oxidation chemistry
  4. Heterogeneous catalysis
    • Heterogeneous catalysts
    • Kinetics
    • Gas/solid systems
    • Liquid/solid, liquid/liquid systems
    • Case studies
  5. Topcs from Biocatalysis / Photocatalysis / Electrocatalysis

 

Grades Breakdown:

Midterm 30
Paper/Presentation 10       
Assignments/Participation 10
Final 50
  100