Courses and Professional Development

CISTAR offers graduate-level courses and professional development opportunities.

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This course, led by experts from CISTAR industry partner Dow, provides an overview of conventional and non-conventional reactors used in industry to manufacture chemical intermediates and products, with a focus on the design and scale-up of these reactors. For each reactor category, the lecture reviews typical applications and highlights relevant features of those reactors, including the reactor geometry, contacting pattern, heat management strategy, transport limitations, and rate-limiting steps. With those features in mind, the scale-up of each reactor type is discussed, focusing on conceptual design rather than mechanical details.

The course is currently available asynchronously. For more information about how to access the course materials, including how to earn the course certificates, please visit our instructions or e-mail with any questions. 

Certificate 1: Industrial Reaction Engineering (11 Lectures)

I. Fundamentals

  • Kinetics, transport, contacting patterns, thermodynamics

II. Conventional reactors

  • Gas-liquid-solid or liquid-solid fixed beds
  • Fixed beds - Gas-solid
  • Stirred tanks
  • Fluidized beds
  • Bubble columns
  • Loop reactors
  • Tubular reactors
  • Reactive extruders
  • Moving beds
  • Electrochemical reactors

Certificate 2: Advanced Industrial Reaction Engineering (9 Lectures)

III. Non-conventional reactors 

  • Rotating packed beds and other centrifugal reactors
  • Microreactors
  • Reactive distillation
  • Autothermal monolithic catalyst reactors
  • Oscillatory flow baffled reactors

 IV. Additional topics

  • Heterogeneous Catalysts: Considerations for the Researcher
  • The Industrial Reaction Engineers Toolkit
  • Petrochemical Industry: Past, Present and Future

A survey course on all aspects of light hydrocarbons as a bridge to a net-zero carbon economy.  This course blends catalysis/reaction engineering, separations, process engineering, process optimization/modeling, life-cycle/impact assessment, and policy to examine how light hydrocarbons are currently used and how they are being deployed as a bridge to a net-zero carbon economy.

This course is being offered in Spring 2022 and organized by the following CISTAR faculty:

  • Jeff Miller, Purdue University
  • Abhaya Datye, University of New Mexico
  • Joan Brennecke, the University of Texas at Austin
  • Ruilan Guo, University of Notre Dame

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the historical, current, and potential future roles that hydrocarbons play in the economy for energy, fuels, and materials.
  2. Understand and compare the ways that energy is used in society, especially the breakdown between electricity/power and fuels.
  3. Understand the environmental impact (environmental, health, legal, social) of the utilization of hydrocarbons for energy production.
  4. Understand the methods for carbon capture, storage, and conversion to meet future environmental CO2 reductions.
  5. Understand the options for decarbonization of energy production

Global Energy Outlook and Carbon Management,  Jeff Miller (PU)

An Introduction to Hydrocarbon Recovery Phases and Mechanisms, Matt Balhoff (UTA)

Unconventional Oil and Gas Development, Jon Olson (UTA)

LHCs from Shale Formations: industry and environmental concerns and opportunities, Johannes Schwank (UNM)

Extraction of LHCs from Shale Formations, Nathan Schultheiss (PU)

Economics of Natural Gas & Light Hydrocarbons, Tom Degnan (UND)

Petroleum Industry, Tom Degnan (UND)

Methane Emissions from Shale Gas Production, Dave Allen (UTA)

CO2 Capture, Joan Brennecke (UTA)

CO2 Conversion, David Heldebrant (PNNL)

In a collaborative effort with CISTAR's DCI team, CISTAR has offered this interactive mentoring workshop to summer program participants. Learn more