CHE 717 Chemical Reaction Engineering

Rates and mechanisms of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, with emphasis on interaction of chemical kinetics and transport phenomena. Design, analysis and scale-up of batch and continuous chemical reactors, with emphasis on non-isothermal reactors. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite
  1. An undergraduate course in chemical kinetics/reactor design that covered, in detail: ideal reactors (batch, plug flow, perfectly mixed), application of these three reactors to single and multiple reactions for isothermal operation, analysis of kinetic data, and derivation of rate equations from sequences of elementary reactions.

  2. Ability to solve coupled ordinary differential equations, either analytically or numerically using MATLAB (some help with MATLAB will be provided).

  3. Basic understanding of matrix algebra, ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations.

• Course Objectives

The intent of this course is to help the student master several advanced concepts in chemical reaction engineering. On completion of the course, the student should be able to design/analyze a variety of complex reacting systems in both traditional and nontraditional areas of chemical engineering. Specifically, the student will be able to:

  1. Use matrix algebra to analyze large systems of reactions;

  2. Use knowledge of reaction rate theories and/or reaction mechanisms to derive expressions for rate of reaction;

  3. Design and analyze the stability of reactor systems,  including consideration of the energy balance;

  4. Analyze the effect of transport in reactive systems;

  5. Relate concepts in chemical reaction engineering to current research in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

• Course Outline

• Undergraduate Review (1.5 weeks)
• Fundamentals of Chemical Kinetics (4 weeks)
• Reactor Design/Analysis with Energy Balance (4 weeks)
• Reaction/Transport Interactions (4 weeks)
• Case studies from current/classic literature in chemical and biomolecular engineering (1.5 weeks)

• Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: several problem sets will be assigned

EXAMINATIONS: Two during semester and one final exam

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: MATLAB™ (or any comparable software) , EXCEL (with solver add-in)
MATLAB is available for free download to College of Engineering students at: It is also accessible through the Virtual Computing Lab [] if you have a high speed internet connection.

PROJECTS: Final paper reviewing the literature on a current topic

• Textbook

Rawlings, James B. and John G. Ekerdt, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, Nob Hill Publishing Co., 2012. ISBN: 978-0-9759377-2-3

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr. Gregory Parsons, Professor
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Engineering Building I (EB1) 2032
Box 7905
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Fax: 919-515-3465
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