Title of the course

MM 305 :  Kinetics of Processes      



Credit structure

L          T          P          C

2           1          0          6


Pre-requisite, if any



Course content

Thermodynamics vs kinetics; Homogeneous vs heterogeneous reactions. Chemical reaction kinetics: order of reactions, Arrhenius equation. Rate theories.

Homogenous reactions. Ideal batch reactors, continuous stirred tank reactors, plug flow reactors. Residence time & RTD. Mixing. Design of reactors for homogenous reactions.

Heterogeneous Reactions - Elements of mass transfer, diffusion in fluids, mass transport equation, mass transfer coeff. Mass transfer in porous materials, ordinary & Knudsen diffusion, pore size distribution. Adsorption : Physical vs chemical,  Adsorption isotherms, BET method. Surface reactions & their kinetics.

Fluid-fluid reactors with homogeneous & heterogeneous reactions. Fluid–solid contactors / reactors : packed bed, fluidized bed. Heat transfer controlled reactions. Examples from materials processing: CVD/PVD reactors, thin film deposition, combustion, oxidation/reduction, drying, calcinations, precipitation etc.




K.J. Laidler, Chemical Kinetics, 3rd Ed., Harper and Row, New York, 1987.


J.M. Smith, Chemical Engineering Kinetics, 3rd Intl. Ed., McGraw-Hill, Singapore, 1985.


O. Levenspiel, Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd Ed., John Wiley, New York, 1999.


H.S. Fogler, Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi, 1999.


A.W. Adamson and A.P. Gast, Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, 6th Ed., Wiley-Interscience, 1997.


Instructor(s) name

Prof. N. Venkatramani



L – Lecture, T – Tutorial, P – Practical, C - Credit