MAT ENG 7105 - Materials Engineering for Catalysis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course will introduce concepts and history of catalysis, to introduce traditional and advanced functional and nanoscale materials for diverse catalytic applications in bio-production, environmental purification, clean fuel product, and petrochemical industrial processes. The materials include metals, metal alloys, zeolites, metal oxides, nanocarbon, microporous and mesoporous materials, and carbonaceous materials. The course will highlight the significance of catalyst materials engineering in modern society, and contextualise the selection of catalysts on the basis of their characteristics and end-use applications.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MAT ENG 7105
    Course Materials Engineering for Catalysis
    Coordinating Unit Materials Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Assignments, quizzes, tests, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Xiaoguang Duan

    Name: Dr Xiaoguang Duan
    Phone: 08 8313 3867
    Location: Room A103, Engineering Annex
    Contact Hours: Tuesday after 10:00 am to 12: 00 pm (by appointment)
    Researcher Profile Link:
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1. Know the fundimentals of Materials types, properties, and functionas.
    2. Recognise and use concepts, history and significance in critical catalytic processes
    3. Identify and formulate problems in catalysis-empowered industrial productions and find appropriate solutions
    4. Gain the knowledge of applying functional materials in nanotechnologies 
    5. Know the current advances of materials in applications of refineries, disinfections, clean fuels production, waste upgrading, water purification and CO2 conversion.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Text Book

     Catalysis: An Integrated Textbook for Students, Wiley (2017)

     Handbook of Heterogenous Catalysis, Wiley (2008)
    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is delivered in a mixture format of online lectures, and face to face workshops and tutorials.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Contact Hours workload hour
    Lectures 24 24
    Tutorial 24 24
    Presentation 4 20
    Total 120
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1  Course structure; introduction to catalysis 
    Week 2  History of Catalysis; Concept of Catalysis 
    Week 3  Catalysis in Petroleum Refinery
    Week 4  Enzyme Catalysis 
    Week 5  Photocatalysis and Electro-photocatalysis in Clean Fuel Production 
    Week 6  Materials and Catalysis in Plastics Conversions and Upgrading
    Week 7 Materials and Catalysis in Antibacterial and Disinfection Applications
    Week 8 Materials and Catalysis in Modern Ammonia Production 
    Week 9 Mid-Semester Break
    Week 10 Mid-Semester Break
    Week 11 Dimensional Materials for Green Catalysis
    Week 12 Materials and Catalysis in C (Carbon) 1 Chemistry 
    Week 13 Laboratory Experiment 
    Week 14 Presentation
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The course has no final exam and will be assessed via a combination of assignment, presentation, and lab practice (experiment and report). Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    - Assignments (individual work) - 60% final mark: There will be 6 assignments (topics relevant to the lectures), each of them will count 10% towards the final mark for the course.

    - Presentation (group work) – 20% final mark: There will be one group oral presentation to present a modern catalytic system with the knowledge gained from the course. More specific details will be released during the course.

    - Lab Practice (group & individual work) – 20% final mark: There will be one lab practice and experimental report for the course. The lab practice will be a group work and report individually.

    Assignment task Weigh percentation Formative/summaritve  Due date Hurdle Criteria
    Assigment  60% Formative TBD n/a
    Lab practice and report 20% Formative TBD na/
    Presentation 20% Formative TBD n/a
    Assessment Detail


    Six assignments (10 points each) which are all closely relatived to the lectures, 


    Students will conduct one experiment in the lab using nanomaterials for a catalytic reaction, and then draft the experiment report. (20 points)

    Students will give a presentation on a specific catalytic applications using functional materials. 

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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