bridging Laboratory Chemical Kinetics to Industrial Scale Reactors
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Course Topic

Chemical Reactors

play a crucial role in industrial-scale, raw material conversion into products. Numerous factors must be considered when selecting an appropriate and efficient chemical reactor, in particular when complex heterogeneous reactions occur. Kinetic modelling is an essential tool for the design and optimization of chemical products and processes.

Kinetic Modelling

Kinetic modelling includes fundamental aspects such as stoichiometry, kinetics and thermodynamics in the analysis of chemical reactor behaviour. Microkinetic models help to consolidate the fundamental information about a catalytic reaction.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Coupling such microkinetic models with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models allows for a reliable extrapolation to larger, industrially more relevant scales where idealities of fluid dynamics are no longer guaranteed and may exert a significant impact on the reactor behaviour and product yields.

Interactive Tutorials

During this course with a focus of chemical reaction and reactor engineering, ex-cathedra sessions are alternated with interactive tutorials during which user-friendly software tools are used, e.g., microKinetic Engine and CatalyticFoam.

tutorial software

Organizing Committee and Tutors

This interactive course on chemical reaction and reactor engineering is organized by


and kindly supported by the European Research Council and the Horizon 2020 EU funding.

Course Program

Three days of chemical engineering

The course contains ex-cathedra sessions, alternated with interactive tutorials spread over three days.

August 23rd, 2017

Reactor Types and their Corresponding Behaviour

Lab-Scale Data Acquisition

Tutorial I: Data Analysis (with Excel or other spreadsheet software)

Bench Scale Reactors

Tutorial II: Intrinsic Kinetics Verification (with online available Eurokin tools)

August 24th, 2017

Rate Equation Derivation

Tutorial III: Kinetic Model Development (with microKinetic Engine)

Regression Analysis

Tutorial IV: Regression Analysis

(with microKinetic Engine)

August 25th, 2017

Coupling CFD with Microkinetics

Tutorial V: Coupling CFD with Microkinetics (with CatalyticFoam)

Scale-Up from Lab to Industry

Questions and Answers


Florence, a city of art and cultural heritage

Cradle of the Renaissance and of tourist masses that flock here to feast on world-class art, Florence (Firenze) is magnetic, romantic and busy. Its urban fabric has hardly changed since the Renaissance, its narrow streets evoke a thousand tales, and its food and wine are so wonderful: the tag 'Fiorentina' has become an international label of quality assurance. (source: Lonely Planet)

Course meeting room

The course is organized at the premises of the Palazzo dei Congressi at Firenze Fiera.

Arriving by car

Florence is well connected with the main Italian cities, thanks to the Italian motorway network, thus making it easier to get to the city centre, where the fair & congress center is located.

Arriving by train

The main railway station of Santa Maria Novella is located two minutes away on foot from the entrance of the Fair & Congress Center, and from the central reception of Firenze Fiera, on the ground floor of Palazzo degli Affari.

Arriving by plane

The International Florence Airport (Amerigo Vespucci) is only 4 km away from the Florence city centre and can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita (Vola in Bus) shuttle service.

More information on the venue

More detailed directions can be found on the website of Firenze Fiera

30 participants
17 nationalities
16 institutes
bridging chemical engineering