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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Reaction Engineering (Chemical and Biochemical processes)

Course Information:

Course ID:ENVE 317
Type of course:Required course
Teaching Hours:Th=3, E=1, L=4/4

Instructor: Assistant Professor P. Panagiotopoulou (Faculty Member - EnvEng)

Laboratory Execises: A. Pantidou, R. Sarika

Textbooks (Eudoxus):

  • Βιβλίο [18548766]: Μηχανική χημικών διεργασιών, Smith J. M.
  • Βιβλίο [25844]: ΜΗΧΑΝΙΚΗ ΒΙΟΔΙΕΡΓΑΣΙΩΝ, Michael L. Shule, Fikret Kargi

Other books recommended:

  • O. Levenspiel, ‘Chemical Reaction Engineering’, 3rd Edition, Wiley (Εκδ. Κωσταράκη)
  • H.S. Fogler, ‘Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering’, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall
  • «Biochemical Engineering», H.W. Blanch & D.S. Clark, Marcel-Dekker (1996)


  •  Registration not required

Course contents:

Stoichiometry and kinetics of chemical reactions. The Arrhenius equation. Design of isothermal homogeneous reactors (batch, CSTR, PFR). CSTR reactors in series. Recycling. Tubular reactors. Analysis of kinetic data from reactors. Catalysis and chemical catalysts. Design of catalytic reactors. Reactions with free enzymes. Michaelis-Menten kinetics. Determination of kinetic parameters. Inhibition of enzymatic reactions. Mathematical models for microorganisms growth (one variable, limiting substrate, maintenance and endogenous metabolism). Design of bioreactors (batch, fed-batch, CSTR). Sterilization kinetics. Aeration and agitation of bioreactors. Determination the optimal operating conditions. Applications.

Laboratory exercises:

  • Four lab exercises: four team and one individual report

Assessment and grading method:

  • Lab work, 25% of the grade
  • Final closed-book written exam, 75% of the grade
  • Problem sets (Bonus), 10% of the grade

Last modification: 03-09-2018