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A Microkinetic Vision on High-Throughput Catalyst Formulation and Optimization: Development of an Appropriate Software Tool


An advanced (micro) kinetic modeling tool is presented. It can be used in the assessment of chemical kinetics going from power law models to full microkinetic models in terms of elementary steps. Reactants and products are considered to be present in a single, ideal aggregation state. Rate equations are automatically generated from the reaction network as specified by the user of the engine. Combined stochastic and deterministic algorithms are used for the optimization procedure. The flexibility of the code in its integration with different graphical user-friendly interfaces is illustrated. Thus, researchers with little programming skills can both implement advanced micro-kinetic models and perform their assessment. O-xylene hydrogenation data are used for illustration purposes.

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b :

Model parameter vector

C :

Concentration (mol kg−1)

F i :

Molar flow rate of component i (mol s−1)

k j :

Rate coefficient of elementary step j

K i :

Adsorption constant of component i (MPa−1)

n, m:

Reaction orders



p i :

Partial pressure of component i (MPa)

R i :

Reaction rate of component i (mol kg−1 s−1)

S :

Objective function

W :

Catalyst mass (kg)

w p :

Weight applied to response p


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This work was performed as part of TOPCOMBI, an EU integrated project (project no. 515792). We would like to thank InforSense Ltd. for providing the InforSense KDE software.

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Metaxas, K., Thybaut, J.W., Morra, G. et al. A Microkinetic Vision on High-Throughput Catalyst Formulation and Optimization: Development of an Appropriate Software Tool. Top Catal 53, 64–76 (2010).

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  • Microkinetic modeling
  • Catalyst design and optimization
  • O-xylene hydrogenation