Chemical Reaction Engineering

Location Rugby, UK

Date 17th September 2019

Duration 2 days

Topic Process Operations

CPD Hours 20.5

Price IChemE member £950 + VAT, Non-member £1050 + VAT


This course gives a conceptual overview of chemical reaction engineering. First, it lays a solid foundation of the underpinning principles of mass, and energy balances, along with the essentials of heat, and mass transfer and fluid flow. Design principles for ideal, isothermal, batch reactors and flow reactors are then explained. Various complexities such as non-ideal flow, non-isothermal conditions and heterogeneous catalysis are presented, and suitable methods of accounting for each complexity are explained. 

The approach to the course is hands-on, with several tutorial questions embedded in the material to aid learning. The course will benefit anyone who is new to the field, or who requires a refresher. It is particularly beneficial in providing context and relevance for people working with reactors at the lab-scale or pilot scale.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • be able to apply simple mass and energy balances to chemical reactors
  • understand the importance of heat, mass, and momentum transfer in reaction engineering
  • understand the design method for common types of ideal homogeneous and heterogeneous reactor
  • appreciate reactor complexities, such as nonisothermal, and non-isobaric operation
  • be aware of chemical reaction hazards, reactor scale-up, and control strategies
  • understand the challenges of heterogeneous catalysis.

Who will benefit

This course will benefit people who have a background in chemistry or chemical engineering who would like to understand more about the design and operation of chemical reactors. 

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Jamie Cleaver


Jamie Cleaver

PhD, CEng, FIChemE, consultant

Jamie's background as a lecturer and his extensive experience of chemical engineering employers and the workplace give him a unique perspective as a trainer and facilitator of soft skills for chemical engineers.

He has a strong technical background, with a first degree in chemical engineering from the University of Surrey and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After his PhD he followed a natural path into academic research and spent 16 years lecturing chemical engineering at the University of Surrey.

Through coordinating the professional training placement scheme for chemical engineering students, he was able to see first-hand the huge potential benefit to individuals and organisations that could be achieved by professional skills training.

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