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Lecturers :

Corinne SouliƩ
Sophie Norvez

Research center

Level : 3rd year

Course Language : English

Term : chemistry option

Number of hours : 12

ECTS Credits : 1,5
CIA Advanced inorganic chemistry
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Lectures: 12 h


More than 80% of manufacturing processes include at least one catalysed reaction. Catalysis generally makes it possible to reduce costs (energy, separation, reprocessing, etc.) and limit the use of toxic and hazardous materials. The economic and environmental stakes are thus obvious.
In order to thoroughly understand the phenomena involved, the course presents the different types of catalysis through the study of major industrial processes and basic living cycles.
The problems related to the performance and optimisation of a catalytic system, its cost and environmental impact are highlighted and explained via a mechanistic kinetic approach.
The course is based on the knowledge acquired in the second year in Chemistry and Inorganic materials.


  1. Industrial catalysis

    • Catalysis: fundamental concepts
    • Catalysis and major industrial processes
    • Heterogeneous catalysis mechanisms and kinetics
    • Heterogeneous catalytic system performances

  2. Biocatalysis

    • Elements of the biosphere
    • Acidic catalysis, zinc enzyme
    • Redox catalysis
    • Industrial processes using biocatalysts

Requirements : Basics of Inorganic and organometallic chemistries, basics of homogeneous catalysis.

Evaluation mechanism : Two homeworks (biocatalysis + homogeneous and heterogenous catalyses) based upon a scientific paper.

Last Modification : Friday 22 February 2019

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