17524 - Chemistry and Technology of Catalytic Materials

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will have the basic knowledge on the preparation, characterization and application of heterogeneous catalysts, identifying correlations with the topics covered in other courses. In particular, the student has learned the basic concepts of catalysis, the major classes of catalysts (correlating properties with the characteristics of the reactions), the most popular methods for their preparation and techniques of the usual characterization of surface and bulk.

Course contents

• General: definition of catalyst and catalytic reaction. Concepts of activity, selectivity and life and mutual influence of these parameters. Physical and chemical adsorption. Steps in the catalytic process. Green chemistry.

• Theoretical and technological aspects of heterogeneous catalysis. Main classes of catalytic reactions and types of catalysts used: oxidation, hydrogenation and dehydrogenation, acid catalysis processes. Catalysts design for a specific reaction.

• Nanomaterials and nanoparticles in catalysis.

• Characterization methodologies for heterogeneous catalysts. Conventional methods. Advanced techniques for in-situ studies.


1) C. H. Bartholomew, R. J. Farrauto ”Industrial Catalytic Processes”, Wiley, New Jersey, 2006.

2) G. Rothenberg “Catalysis – Concepts and Green Applications”, Wiley-VCH, Weiheim, 2008.

3) M. Baerns Ed. “Basic Principles in Applied Catalysis”, Springer, 2004.

4) J.W. Niemantsverdriet “Spectroscopy in Catalysis- An Introduction”, Wiley-VCH, 2007.

5) F. Cavani, G. Centi, S. Perathoner, F. Trifirò Eds. “Sustainable Industrial Chemistry” Wiley-VCH, 2009.

Teaching methods

A wide variety of teaching techniques, from traditional lectures,  practical learning, seminars and tutorials and e-learning will be utilized.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be by oral exam. Marks are given based on knowledge of the program and oral skills (appropriate scientific Language, etc.).

Teaching tools

The course takes place through lessons and exercises carried out in the classroom with online connection. These activities also make use of media such as power point presentations, videos and graphics tablets; all the teaching material presented is accessible to students on the teaching application https://iol.unibo.it/.


Office hours

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