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Heterogeneous reaction engineering


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts) :
- the different types of chemical and biological catalysts and their operating modes
- the stoichiometry, kinetic laws and their combination for the description of microbial cell behaviour for growth and production,
- the notion of limiting step(s) in heterogeneous reactions
- the notion of apparent reaction rate
- the expression and meaning of dimensionless numbers (Hatta, Thiele, Weiss, Biot...)
- the notions of effectiveness factor and enhancement factor
- the description and modelling of batch, fed-batch and continuous, single or multi stage biological reactors with or without recycling.
The student will be able to:
- determine the limiting process(es) in a chemical heterogeneous reaction
- express the apparent global rate of a chemical reaction depending on the working conditions
- identify the general metabolic scheme of microbial growth
- establish the stoichiometric equations and kinetic laws for biological reactions with respect to the environmental conditions establish an intrinsic kinetic law
- select and design the most suitable reactor to perform a given reaction
- integrate and prioritize the mechanisms in order to model homogeneous and heterogeneous biological and chemical reactors

Needed prerequisite

Transport and reaction in fluid media.
Fluid properties and mass transfer.
Thermal transfers and reactors.
Microbiology and statistics.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...