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INN1032230, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0530, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL PROCESSES 2
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge MICHELE MODESTI ING-IND/27

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/27 Industrial and Technological Chemistry 12.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 96 204.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2012 course timetable

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Organic chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, reactors, and unit operations
Target skills and knowledge: Giving tools to evaluate industrial chemical processes by analysis of mass and energy fluxes.
Applying such tools on important industrial applications.
Giving economical, environmental and safety evaluation of chemical industrial processes.Will also be applied to different processes the skills acquired in other basic courses.
Examination methods: The final written examination includes: two numeric problems (50% of the final grade) related to mass and energy balances of a specific process of organic industrial chemistry, and to a combustion process; some open-ended theoretical questions (50% of the final grade) related to an in depht analysis of two specific processes as well as other theoretical aspects.
The objective of the test is to evaluate:
- clarity of presentation and capacity of synthesis;
- the ability to analyze a process from both the thermodynamic and the kinetic point of view, in order to find the optimal conditions of maximum yield;
- the choice of the optimal reactor and the analysis of the most important "unit operations";
- the ability to choose the most suitable materials according to the critical issues of the process;
- the environmental sustainability and the process safety management ;
Assessment criteria: The ability to discuss the topics clearly and concisely, and with appropriate use of technical terminology will be evaluated. In particular, the level of competences achieved in analyzing a chemical process will be assessed, quantifying the flows of matter and energy, the aspects relating to environmental impact and safety
Course unit contents: New trends in industrial organic chemistry. Yield of a chemical process. Operating conditions selection based on thermodynamic and kinetic considerations. Catalysts: chemisorptions, poisoning and ageing of catalysts, promoters. Reactors for heterogeneous catalytic reactions. Multifunctional reactor: MTBE production.
Synthesis of polymer: chain and step polymerization mechanism. Kinetics equations. Industrials polymerization processes.
Industrial production of olefins, acetylene and aromatics. Derivatives of unsaturated hydrocarbons. Oxidation reaction of hydrocarbons and olefins. Homogenous and heterogeneous phase processes. Hydro-dehydrogenation, alkylation, hydration processes and oxo-synthesis. Industrial polymerization processes. Artificial and synthetic fibers. Material and energy balances.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 1. Classroom lecture using also slides;
2. Discussion of case studies;
3. Tests and interviews during the course;
4. Visit to industrial chemical plant and discussion with technicians.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides used during the lessons will be available for download. Other books will be suggested during classroom lecture.
Digital copy of the slides presented in class will be made available on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • ULMANN’s, “Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry”, 6° ed. --: VCH, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.A. Moulijn, M. Makkee and A. Van Diepen,, Chemical process technology, second edition. --: Wiley., 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • C.H. Bartholomew, R. J. Farrauto, Foundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes, secon edition. --: Wiley, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo

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Affordable and Clean Energy Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action