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Kinetics of Chemical and Physical Processes

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This course focuses on the analysis of the rate of chemical reactions and physical processes. In addition to theoretical aspects, including the fundamental theories for rate constants of chemical reactions, and experimental or practical aspects, such as analytical techniques and simple reactors, attention is paid throughout the course on the determination and analysis of reaction mechanisms. In this course, the link is made between the processes at the molecular scale and their consequences for the practical application of the physicachemical proceses treated. 
The course starts with a general introduction to the basic ideas of chemical kinetics, including methods for determining reaction rates in statical and dynamic reactors and an introduction to the analysis of simple reaction mechanisms. 
Next, the physicochemical background of chemical reactions and the fundamental theories for reactions in the gas phase and in solution are treated. Reactions of ions, aspects of polymerisation reactions, photochemical processes, and the related kinetics are discussed. Through the description of adsoprtion/desorption processes and surface reactions, the basic concepts of heterogeneous cataltysis are treated. In addition to the theoretical aspects, attention is paid on estimation methods for kinetic parameters and on experimental methods and analytical techniques for the study of process kinetics. 
In a last part, the analysis of complex reaction mechanisms is discussed and illustrated with chain and polymerisation reactions. 
In the practical sessions (WPO), the kinetics of reactions are experimentally studied using classical methods and modern analytical techniques. Besides, the analysis of kinetical data and computermodelling of more complex reaction mechanisms is . In several practical sessions, the link is made with the research concerning polymerisation reactions and recent scientific literature.