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KE1080 Chemical Engineering Principles 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus KE1080 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Fundamental kinetic and reaction engineering concepts. Kinetics for electrode reactions. Multiple reactions and systems with volume change. Ideal reactor models and models for catalytic reactors. Residence times and space velocities. Heterogeneous catalysis, enzymatic reactions and bioreactors. Fundamentals in separation engineering directed towards heat and mass transfer between two phases. Phase equilibria and the ideal stage principle. Distillation, absorption and extraction. Evaporation and drying. Orientation about crystallisation and membrane separation processes. Orientation about equipment for separation techniques and for production of chemicals. Equipment for heat exchange. Electrochemical power sources. Choice and operation of ideal reactors.

Intended learning outcomes

When you have passed the course you will be able to:

  • analyse the energy and material consumption in a production plant based on chemico-technical, environmental, social and economical criteria
  • reflect in a structured way over his professional role as engineer and his professional responsibility in relation to sustainable development
  • dimension simple components in a chemical process system
  • explain the concept of an ideal stage and utilise this at design of a separation system in continuous systems
  • suggest appropriate separation method in a two-component system from the physical properties of the subjects
  • explain how the driving force for mass transfer affects the design of a separation process with material transfer
  • suggest design and control of ideal reactors to minimise waste based on ideal reactor models and selectivity criteria
  • discuss the basic principles of process intensification and environmentally friendly production
  • explain the importance of volume change in a gas phase reaction in ideal reactors and calculate the actual retention time
  • analyse how kinetics, external material transfer and pore diffusion affect the design and control of catalytic reactors
  • analyse electrochemical systems by means of application of basic electrochemical concepts
  • show the ability to present and discuss ideas and results in both oral and written form

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The upper-secondary school from 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level from 1 July 2012 (Gy2011)

Specific entry requirements: Physics 2, Chemistry 1 and Mathematics 4. In each of the subjects the minimum grade required is Pass.

The upper-secondary school before 1 July 2011 and adult education at upper-secondary level before 1 July 2012

Specific entry requirements: mathematics E, physics B and chemistry A. In each of the subjects the grade required is Passed or 3.

Recommended prerequisites

Courses given earlier in the program, in particular Fundamental Chemistry, Material- and Energy Balances, Numerical methids with programming, Chemical Reaction Dynamics for Energy and the Environment as well as the courses in mathematics.


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  1. Current edition of Richardson, J. F. and Harker, J. H., Coulson & Richardson´s Chemical Engineering, Vol. 2, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.
  2. Current edition of Fogler, H. S., Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, N .J ., USA.
  3. Behm, M., Lagergren, C. and Lindbergh, G., Electrochemistry for fuel cells and batteries, KTH Chemical engineering.

The above literature is supplemented by relevant compendiums and offprints

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

Co-study with the major part of KE1175 Chemical Process Engineering