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SCN1036077, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
CHEMISTRY (Ord. 2018)
SC1169, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY 4
Website of the academic structure
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 ALBERTA FERRARINI CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 4.0
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 10 15.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 12 13.0 2
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 a.a. 2018/19 27/01/2014 30/11/2019 FERRARINI ALBERTA (Presidente)
ANTONELLO SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
MARAN FLAVIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Mathematics: trigonometry, vectors, derivatives, integrals.
Phisics: basic concepts of electrostatics (charge, electrostatic potential, electric field).
Thermodynamics: principles, tehrmodynamic potentials.
Symmetry elements and operations, point groups.
Quantum mechanics: Schroedinger equations, models of particle in abox, rigid rotor, armonic oscillatore, Born-Oppenheimer approximation.
Target skills and knowledge: To provide the students with fundamental knowledge and methodological skills to understand, on a molecular basis, the properties of condensed phases (first part). Chemical kinetics, electrode kinetics and electron transfer (second part).
Examination methods: Written and oral exams, as well as active participation in the course and associated laboratory experiments.
The oral exam includes at least three open questions, one on statistical thermodynamics and two on two of the other topics treated in the first part of the course.
The written tests will focus on specific topics of the course, to facilitate a fast and progressive learning of the content of the classroom lectures.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student will be based on ability to present a topic, rigour of demonstrations, detail of answers and ability to apply concepts and methods in a conscious and autonomous way.
Course unit contents: First part
Fundamentals of statistical thermodynamics: probability distribution, statistical ensembles, Boltzmann statistics, Maxwell velocity distribution, equipartition of energy. Applications: thermodynamic properties of the ideal gas, heat capacity of solids.
Electric properties of molecules (dipole and higher order multipoles, polarizability) and their connection with the dielectric properties of matter. Applications: dielectric constant of liquids, electrostatic contribution to the solvation free energy.
Intermolecular interactions: pair interactions and their expressions in terms of molecular quantities. Applications: lattice energy of ionic crystals.
Classroom activities will concern practical application of the methods introduced during the lectures.

Second part
Chemical kinetics: fundamental principles, temperature effect on chemical reactions, Arrhenius equation. Afterward, we will introduce: the Collision theory; the Transition-State theory; mass-transport mechanisms; homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. The second part of the course focuses on electrode kinetics, with particular emphasis on mass transport and charge transfer as the rate-determining steps. These analyses are addressed with reference to the most popular electrochemical methods. In the third part, the Marcus theory and further quanto-mechanical developments are described together with the distance effect on electron transfer and some applications to specific systems.
Finally, laboratory experiments have been devised to blend the above concepts on a practical standpoint.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and lab classes.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material, handouts and copy of slides, will be provided by teachers.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • P.W. Atkins e J. dePaula, Physical Chemistry. --: Oxford University Press, 2002. In English Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. J. Bard, L. R. Faulkner, Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications. --: Wiley, 2001. In English Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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