619-4444/01 – Special Topics in Kinetics (VKK)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Physical Chemistry and Theory of Technological ProcessesCredits7
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Lenka Řeháčková, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Lenka Řeháčková, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
DOB30 prof. Ing. Jana Dobrovská, CSc.
FRA37 Ing. Hana Francová, Ph.D.
KOS37 Ing. Gabriela Kostiuková, Ph.D.
R1E37 doc. Ing. Lenka Řeháčková, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+3

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

- to use of the kinetic equations for chemical first-order reactions, second-order reactions and reactions of higher orders, - to describe and analyse the reaction mechanism based on the kinetic data, - to describe and qualified estimate kinetic parameters of chemical reactions, - to apply obtained theoretical knowledge in tutorials and laboratory and on selected processes of chemical practice.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Experimental work in labs


This subject develops basic knowledge of physical chemistry; it applies basic principles of physical chemistry at the various heterogeneous a homogeneous reactions.

Compulsory literature:

CONNORS, Kenneth.A. Chemical Kinetics. Weinheim: VCH Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, 1990. ISBN 3-527-21822-3. Dostupné z: http://books.google.com/books?id=nHux3YED1HsC&printsec=frontcover&hl=cs&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false ATKINS, P.W. a J.DE PAULA. Atkins' Physical chemistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press, c2014. ISBN 978-0-19-969740-3.

Recommended literature:

SATTERFIELD, Charles N. Heterogeneous catalysis in industrial practice. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1991. ISBN 0-07-054886-2. An introduction to chemical kinetics [online]. Hoboken: Wiley, 2005 [cit. 2018-03-27]. ISBN 0-470-09060-X. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780126478501

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

FULL-TIME STUDY List of conditions for obtaining of credit: - required attendance at the exercises - two written tests - passing the required number of laboratory exercises, elaboration and defense of laboratory protocols. Points scoring for credit: Min. number of points - 20 Max. number of points - 45 Points scoring for examination - combined examination. The examination consists of two parts - written and oral examination. Written examination (min. number of points - 5, max. number of points - 15) Oral examination (min. number of points - 10, max. number of points - 40)


Other requirements

No other activities are required.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Terminology in chemical kinetics – reaction rate, rate equation, order of reaction, rate constant, molecularity, reaction mechanism. Classification of chemical reactions – simple and simultaneous reactions, homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions. 2. Homogeneous reactions - integrated form of the kinetic equation (first-order reactions, second-order reactions, third-order reactions, nth-order reactions). 3. Kinetics of simultaneous reactions (reversible, parallel and consecutive reactions) – kinetic description, rate-determining process. 4. Methods to determine reaction orders. Temperature dependence of the rate of a chemical reaction - Arrhenius equation, possibilities of determination of activation energy, preexponential factor. 5. Theory of chemical kinetics - collision theory, theory of absolute reaction rates. 6. Kinetics of heterogeneous reactions, basic steps of heterogeneous reaction - diffusion, adsorption, chemical reaction on phase interface. Mechanism and mathematical description of diffusion – molecular,convection and turbulent diffusion. Fick’s first and second law of diffusion, diffusion flux. Diffusion (transport) limited reactions - basic principles – external and internal diffusion. 7. Heterogeneous process with consecutive and concurrent steps, diffusion and chemical resistance. Effect of various agents on diffusion kinetics. Diffusion limited heterogeneous process - technological examples. 8. Surface phenomena and kinetics of reactions. Physical adsorption and chemisorption. Surface properties of solid compounds, principles of adsorption processes. Electronic structure and adsorption properties of metals, adsorption on semi-conductors and insulators. Adsorption at the solid/gas interface and solid-liquid interface. Empirical a theoretical adsorption isotherms – Freundlich‘s and Langmuir´s isotherms, BET model of adsorption isotherm. Temperature and pressure effect on adsorption and desorption processes. Application of surface processes – examples. 9. Kinetics of topochemical reactions, description and analysis of particular periods. Kinetic curves. Nucleation of new phases. Influence of phase interface on kinetics. 10. Experimental methods of chemical kinetics. 11. Principles of catalysis, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Intermediate steps and kinetics of homogeneous catalytic reactions. Acid-basic catalysis. 12. Kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions, mechanism, basic ideas of heterogeneous catalysis reactions. Catalysis by metals and non-metals. Kinetics and mechanism gaseous compounds catalyzed by solid catalysator. Catalyst - selection, active centres, catalysts selectivity, promoters, poisoning and ageing of catalyst. Choice of catalyst – theory. Industrial application of heterogeneous catalysis. 13. Enzyme-catalytic reaction, Michaelis constant, enzyme inhibition. 14. Reaction in solution (solvent as a catalyst). Fundamentals of photochemistry. Theoretical exercises: - Introduction - introduction to exercise timetable, conditions for obtaining credit and recommended reading. Kinetics of simple reactions. Integration of kinetic equations (first-order reactions, second-order reactions and nth- order reactions). - Determination of the activation energy. Time monitoring the reaction by measuring the properties of the additive. - Simultaneous reaction. Parallel, reversible and consecutive reactions. - Ideal isothermal reactors. Mass balance for batch and flow ideally stirred reactor and plug flow reactors. - Test of theoretical knowledge. - Homogeneous catalysis. Acid-base catalysis. - Calculation test Laboratory exercises: Determination of the activation energy of acetone iodination - Polarimetric determination of sucrose inversion - Study of the kinetics of oxidation of metals - Study of the thermal decomposition rate of carbonate - Determination of the reaction order complex reaction - Homogeneous acid catalysis - Decomposition of hydrogen peroxide catalysed iodide ions - Kinetics of the photocatalytic decomposition of Orange III in the aqueous phase

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2020/2021 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 45  20
        Examination Examination 55  15
Mandatory attendence parzicipation: 86% participation in the theoretical exercises of the given subject 100% participation in the laboratory exercises of the given subject

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