Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering


Stanford School of Engineering


Chemical kinetics is the study of the rates of chemical reactions; if changes in conditions impact the speed of a reaction, we can better understand what caused the reaction. In this course, you’ll learn to understand complicated data sets and analysis techniques for measuring and understanding these rate changes. You’ll study the origin of kinetics rate laws, emerging tools, techniques and topics of interest to chemical engineers, material scientists, chemists and biologists.


A background in chemical kinetics, enzymology, or reaction design would be helpful for this course

Topics include

  • Commonly used experimental techniques for collecting reaction rate data
  • Emerging experimental tools, especially single-molecule techniques, for characterizing enzyme kinetics
  • Transition state theory, a useful framework for understanding the physical factors that govern chemical reactivity
  • Marcus theory, which describes the physical principles that govern electron transfer reactions
  • Enzyme kinetics, including the origins of enzymatic catalysis, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, inhibition models, and models of protein allostery and cooperativity
  • Monte Carlo simulations as a useful tool for modeling kinetic systems
  • Application of data analysis techniques, including maximum likelihood estimators, the bootstrap method, and tests of statistical significance

Course Availability

The course schedule is displayed for planning purposes – courses can be modified, changed, or cancelled. Course availability will be considered finalized on the first day of open enrollment. For quarterly enrollment dates, please refer to our graduate education section.

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Dates:March 29 - June 4, 2021
Units: 3.00
Instructors: Alexander Dunn
Delivery Option:
For Credit $4,056.00
Notes: Pre-registration Dates: February 1, 2021 at 9:00am to March 12, 2021 at 5:00pm

Pre-registration for this course will secure your enrollment request and ensure timely processing of your application for potential course approval. Please note: course enrollment will be confirmed after March 19, 2021; after completing your pre-registration, no further action is required on your part.


This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.