FPEN 403: Chemical and Biochemical Reaction engineering


Objectives: To acquire knowledge and skills in designing and developing industrial scale chemical reactors.

Description: The course will cover topics including the concepts of rate, stoichiometry, equilibrium, and the analysis of chemical and biological systems. The students would be guided to appreciate derivation of rate expressions from reaction mechanisms and equilibrium or steady state assumptions. Also discussed are batch, plug flow and continuous stirred tank reactor designs, heterogeneous and enzymatic catalysis, heat and mass transport in reactors, including diffusion to and within catalyst particles and cells or immobilized enzymes.

Reading list

  1. Coker, A.K. (2001). Modeling of chemical kinetics and reactor design. Gulf Professional Publishing.
  2. Fogler, S.H. (2006).  Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 4th Ed., Prentice Hall.
  3. Octave, L. (2008). Chemical Reaction Engineering, 6th Ed., McGraw Hill
  4. Hill, G. C. & Root, T. W. (2014). Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design, 2nd Ed., Wiley.
  5. Richardson, J. F. & Peacock, D. G. (2007). Chemical Engineering Vol. 3 – Chemical and Biochemical Reactors and Process Control, 3rd Ed., Butterworth – Heinemann.