The purpose of this lecture is to introduce several designs of heterogeneous catalytic systems. The aim is to assist researchers in the field of catalytic chemistry in gaining an understanding of the catalytic phenomena through the design and physicochemical properties of the catalysts. This is an inaugural professorial lecture which will be useful for several purposes. The cohesive aspect of certain advances is shown by bringing together researches published in different journals, including, in a few cases, journals of limited circulation. This should aid historical studies of heterogeneous catalysis researches at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). It will give the reader a feeling of the general nature of research. This lecture was compiled based on classification from the catalytic processes that comprised of examples from researches that were carried out by the author together with his colleagues and students from 1996 to 2011 at UTM. Another message to be conveyed in this lecture is that scientific research is enjoyable. Hopefully, this lecture can give an inspiration on how the design of the catalyst can be related to the physicochemical properties and the catalytic action for the chemical reactions, and may assist in the further search for novel approaches to heterogeneous catalysis. Developing programmable systems and self-organizational approaches in heterogeneous catalysis are among of the most challenging design tasks for current heterogeneous catalysis.
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