Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0521 (AF:255836 AR:160360)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
The course is part of the activities of the three-year degree course in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies. The course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge necessary to face the world of work: in particular, it will be analyzed the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical-industrial processes, by considering the raw materials, the synthesis, the engineering of chemical plants, the economy and the safety .
This requires a basic multidisciplinary knowledge ranging from chemistry to physics, mathematics, to the material science. This allows the student to be able to better deal with the study of industrial chemistry and acquire the ability to perform calculations of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics applied to the production processes.
1. Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge of the main laws and the main concepts of thermodynamics and reaction kinetics applied to process engineering. Knowledge of principles of chemical reactor and process control. Knowledge of the principles of catalysis and chemical reactions involved in the main industrial productions. Understanding of the environmental impact and critical points of the plants taken into consideration.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Knowing how to solve theoretical and practical problems concerning the choice, the sizing of an industrial reactor. Knowing how to create and organize a collection of experimental data related to reaction kinetics. Knowing how to synthesize and characterize a homogeneous or heterogeneous catalyst. Choose the best reactor and process conditions for sustainable processes.
3. Judgment skills
Know how to evaluate and recognize the type of process used in the industrial production of a given product. Recognize the characteristics of the plant and the integration of the same in an industrial chemical pole also with reference to the environmental impact and the sustainability of the process. Being able to recognize errors through a critical analysis of the process.
4. Communication skills
Knowing how to communicate the knowledge learned and the result of their application using appropriate terminology, both oral and written. Knowing how to interact with the teacher and with the classmates, also with a view to joining a team.
5. Learning skills
Knowing how to take notes, selecting and collecting information according to their importance and priority. Being able to be sufficiently autonomous in the application and in the critical evaluation of the themes proposed in the theoretical part.
To have reached the training objectives of the courses of General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry mod. 1 and Physical Chemistry mod. 2 . The students must know the chemical and physical principles of the catalysis and must be familiar with the principles of general chemistry.
General aspects of the chemical industry.
Logistical and practical aspects of an industrial chemical plant.
Safety issues and environmental impact in plants with a major accident risk.
The sources of chemicals.
Applied thermodynamics and chemical kinetics.
Materials and energy balance.
Introduction to the chemical process engineering.
Chemical reactors (BR, PFR, CSTR).
The homogeneous and the heterogeneous catalysis.
Environmental problems relate to the chemical industry.
From green chemistry to sustainable chemistry.
Evaluation of production costs.
Fossil fuels
Introduction to petrochemistry.
Analysis of the synthesis gas production process.
Analysis of the ammonia production process.
Analysis of the sulfuric acid production process.
Analysis of the nitric acid production process.
Analysis of the production process of acetoncianidrina.
Sustainable chemistry and technologies.
The chronological stages of sustainable development.
Definitions of the concept of sustainability.
1 O. Levenspiel, Chemical Reaction Engineering, John Wiley & Sons
2 L.Berti, M. Calatozzolo, R. DI Bartolo, Aspetti teorici e pratici dei processi chimici, G. D'Anna, ed. 1983.
3 Lesson notes.
The method of the learning assessment consists in an oral test in which it will be verified that the student has acquired the concepts presented during the lessons and knows how to apply to the problems proposed by the teacher in some practical exercises.
Through a series of questions concerning both parts of the course (module 1 and module 2 laboratory) the student will have to demonstrate both the learning of the topics and the ability to expose them in a formal way.
The oral exam lasts about 30 minutes and must be sustained on the dates during the exam session, agreed with the teacher. The score obtained will integrate (in positive or negative) the laboratory test score (modulo 2).
Teaching is organized in lectures, including problem-solving exercises.
In the "moodle" platform of the University there is teaching material (material projected in the classroom).
Accessibility, Disability and Inclusion
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments:
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support
services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). In the case of disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Circular economy, innovation, work" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 10/04/2019