Introduction to Catalysts

Hydrocarbons - Distillation - Catalysts - Polymers


Who should attend?

  • This e-learning module provides a brief introduction to refining & petrochemicals catalysts.
  • These modules are integrated into some of our Blended Learning courses but can also be followed independently.
  • For any information please contact us at the following address: contact@ifptraining.com.
Audience :
  • Professionals, in the oil or petrochemical industry, interested in refining, olefins, aromatics, polymers production. Specifically for engineers and technical staff who are beginners in this industry, as well as subcontractors, traders, etc.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Chemical reactions: reactants, products, activation energy, overall energy balance, effects of the use of a catalyst.
      • Five elementary steps a catalytic reaction.

      • Types of catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous) and supported catalysts.
      • Catalyst main properties (activity, selectivity, deactivation or stability, regenerability, reproductibility).
      • Catalyst contaminants.

      • Radial reactor with a fixed catalytic bed. Axial fixed bed reactor. Dense and sock loading.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • describe the effect of a catalyst in a chemical reaction,
  • list the catalysis steps,
  • classify the main types of catalysts,
  • explain the effects of catalyst contaminants,
  • explicate how solid catalyst are loaded into reactors.