KJM3810 – Catalysis and Industrial Chemistry

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The main goal of this course is to introduce the students to the key principles of industrial chemical processes. The course provides the basic knowledge of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, adsorption and reaction kinetics, and chemical reactor theory. The core principles will be illustrated by examining several industrial processes that are crucial for the functioning of the modern society, including the chemistry, thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and design features of each process. An excursion to a chemical plant will be a part of the course.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you will:

  • have a basic quantitative and qualitative knowledge about heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, adsorption and reaction kinetics, and reactor theory
  • be able to perform simple calculations of mass and heat balance in continuous chemical processes
  • be familiar with the common types of industrial catalysts and their properties
  • have an overview of quintessential industrial chemical processes that are important for the modern society
  • have a basic understanding of how the thermodynamics, reaction kinetics, and reactor type contribute to the overall process design and technological choices

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

KJM1101 – Generell kjemi, KJM1111 – Organic Chemistry I, KJM1121 – Inorganic Chemistry I and KJM2600 – Physical chemistry II - quantum chemistry and spectroscopy (continued) KJM2016 may be taken before, or in the same semester as KJM3810 – Catalysis and Industrial Chemistry

Overlapping courses


30 hours lectures and 30 hours exercises.

One mandatory project assignment (oral presentation) must be approved before the final exam.

There will be one or several excursions related to key parts of the syllabus.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, you must notify the student administration at the Department of Chemistry before the first lecture starts.


  • Written midterm exam (2 hours), which counts 25% % towards the finale grade.
  • Final written exam (4 hours), which counts 75% towards the final grade.

Mandatory project assignment (presented in class) must be approved before you can sit for the final exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian.
You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 26, 2020 10:23:12 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)