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SCP3049463, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1157, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY 1
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge VALERIO CAUSIN CHIM/04
Other lecturers MASSIMO BELLANDA CHIM/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/04 Industrial Chemistry 8.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 20 30.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.0 24 26.0 2
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Prerequisites: Adequate knowledge of phisical, organic and inorganic chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the student with an adequate level of knowledge of the main processes of industrial chemistry.
The student after the theoretical and practical course will have an overview of the main industrial processes, of the process variables, of the reaction mechanisms, system diagrams and uses.
Examination methods: The final exam takes into account results concerning theoretical part (oral exam), written examination on the mass balances and the results of laboratory exposed in a brief report. The final grade will be calculated, based on credit, by the formula:
[GRADEth + (3/4GRADElab + 1/4GRADEex)]x1/2.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria will be based on the theoretical and practical knowledge acquired and the ability to explain.
Course unit contents: Catalysis and industrial catalysts.
Syngas from coal.
Production of the mixture N2 + 3H2: hydrodesulfurization of methane, steam reforming, secondary reforming, shift reactions and methanation.
Ammonia synthesis.
Nitric acid synthesis.
Urea synthesis.
Sulphur industry: production of sulfur, Claus process, sulfuric acid and oleum.
Hydrochloric acid: industrial production.
Methanol synthesis.
Hydrogen peroxide: antraquinone process.
Oxo Synthesis: cobalt and rhodium processes.
Acetic acid: carbonylation of methanol.
Practical activity. Preparation, characterization and properties of zeolites A and X. Application of a zeolite as catalyst in the dehydration of an alcohol in a flow reactor. Preparation of Pd/C and its use in the hydrogenation of cinnamic acid via hydrogen transfer (catalysis in a reactor). Building materials: lime, cement and additives. Ion exchange resins: determination of some physical and chemical properties; transformation time of CrCl3.6H2O in [Cr(H2O)6]Cl3. Determination of CaCl2 in a water sample.
Calculations. Material balance in steady state.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The specific preparation will be obtained through a wide educational path which include lectures supported by video projections, short videos, exercises about mass balances, pratical laboratory and tecnical visit to companies in order to put the student in touch with the reality of an industrial process.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For the theoretical part: lecture notes provided by the teacher and suggested books.
For the practical part: lecture notes provided by the teacher.
For exercises: suggested books.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. W. Parshall, S.D.Ittel, Homogeneous Catalysis. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D. M. Himmelblau, J. B. Riggs, Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering. Boston: Pearson Education, inc., 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. Buchner, R. Schliebs, G. Winter, K. H. B├╝chel, Chimica Inorganica Industriale. Padova: Piccin, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. Stocchi, Chimica Industriale. Torino: Edisco, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Fritz Ullmann, Ullman's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • B. Cornils, W. Hermann, Applied Homogeneous Catalysis with Organometallic Compounds. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo

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