054408 Introduction to Chemical Reactor Engineering

05440884 Introduction to chemical reactor engineering



Pre-courses: Principles of chemical engineering 1,

Thermodynamics 1, fundamentals of chemistry.


Lecturer: Prof. Yaron Paz, Office: 224, phone: 8292486,



Consultation hours: TBA


Teaching assistant: Mr. Zach Shidlovsky, Office: 222, phone: 8292118


Homework grading: Ms. Shoval Gilboa, Office: 223, phone: 8292684



Grading policy:

Final exam (90%), Homework (10%)


Homework is submitted by permanent groups of two students.   

All homework assignments have to be submitted.  Up to 3 homework assignments may be submitted post-deadline. These 0-3 exercises will not be taken into account in calculating the homework grade.  


The lecturer keeps the right to give 1-5 bonus points to specific students for active and positive involvement in class



Aims of 05440884

  • Understanding chemical kinetics theory
  • Obtaining fundamental skills to design homogeneous chemical reactors operating isothermally




  1. Laboratory scale view:
  • The fundamental reaction rate equation, equilibrium, temperature dependence
  • Rate equations: elementary reactions, multi-step reactions, chain reactions, explosion reactions, polymerization reactions.
  • Catalysis: homogeneous catalysis, enzymatic reactions, heterogeneous reactions and adsorption isotherms.


  1. Molecular scale view:
  • The kinetic theory of gases
  • Collisions and reaction rates
  • The activated complex theory
  • LFER


  1. Industrial scale view:
  • Ideal isothermal reactors: batch reactor, continuously stirred reactor (CSTR), plug flow reactor (PFR), recycling PFR



  1. Physical Chemistry – Atkins, 5th ed.
  2. Atkin’s Physical Chemistry – P. Atkins & J. de Paula, 7th ed.
  • Physical Chemistry, G. W. Castellan, 3rd ed.
  1. C. G. Hill, “An Introduction to Chemical Engineering Kinetics & Reactor design”.
  2. H.S. Fogler, “ Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering”




Please notice:

In the notes of this course:

( ) represents “of” as in G=f(x)

[ ] represents mathematical brackets or concentrations.