Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The teaching is one of the basic training activities of the master's degree program in Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies. The course allows students to acquire knowledge and understanding of topics related to some processes of the chemical industry and in particular of the oil and natural gas industry. Particular attention is given to catalyzed processes and to the study of the different catalysts.
The student will have the opportunity to face some industrial/technological problems and will be encouraged i) to use a logical and deductive reasoning in solving these problems; ii) to develop the ability to argue scientific reasoning; iii) to develop the ability to deepen a topic and expose it by a ppt presentation in an appropriate technical-scientific language.
Expected learning outcomes
1. Knowledge and understanding of:
a) processes of transformation of oil and natural gas into fuels and chemicals;
b) the main processes for production of sulfuric acid, methanol, and derivative products;
c) synthetic methodologies and techniques for the characterization of nanostructured heterogeneous catalysts.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
a) to Know how to use the knowledge to solve technological problems in a logical and deductive way;
b) to Know how to carry out a literature research and to know how to present a specific topic by a ppt presentation.
3. Ability to judge
a) to know how to evaluate comparatively the effectiveness of different Technologies;
b) to develop a preliminary critical capacity on the effectiveness of some processes and on the choices of catalysts.
4. Communication skills
a) to know how to use an appropriate vocabulary and a suitable technical-scientific symbolism;
b) to interact positively with the teacher and with the classmates, formulating coherent questions and arguing alternative hypotheses.
5. Learning skills
a) to Know how to be autonomous in carrying out literature screenings
b) to be able to take notes, selecting the important aspects of scientific reasoning and collecting information according to their importance and priority.
Basic knowledge of Organic Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry 1
The chemical industry: introduction and general characteristics, overview of the most important chemicals, profits and production costs. Chemicals from oil and natural gas. Oil: origin, composition and distillation of crude oils, additives for gasolines. Oil refining reactions: thermal cracking, catalytic cracking, reforming, hydrotreating.
Treatments and separation of the natural gas.
Production of sulfuric acid: raw materials, production process.
Production of methanol, formaldehyde synthesis from methanol, MTBE production (methyl terbutylether). Industrial catalysts: nature of the catalytic and descriptive phenomenon of the catalysts used in the processes described above. Photocatalysis
Basic principles of heterogeneous catalysis. Methods of preparation of supported metal catalysts. Characterization methods. Absorption on solids (physisorption and chemisorption of gas), thermal analysis DTA / TG, DSC, analyses of reduction and oxidation in programmed temperature (TPR, TPO), analyses of desorption of gas in programmed temperature (TPD). Classification of solid catalysts. Redox catalysts, acid or basic catalysts. Supported catalysts. Promoters. Deactivation and regeneration of catalysts. Preparation and characterization of mesoporous catalysts.
1. Bartholomew C. and Farrauto R. “Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes “Wiley 2006
2. James T. Richardson " Principles of catalyst development" Plenum Press, New York 1989
3. Weissermel K., Arpe H.J. "Industrial Organic Chemistry” VCH 1997.
4. Hertl G., Knozinger H., Weitkamp J. “Handbook of Heterogeneous Catalysis” VCH-Wiley Vol.1-5 ,1997.
5. Bignozzi C.A., Topics in Current Chemistry 303, Photocatalysis Springer Vol.303 ,2011
6. Material provided by the teacher
The assessment of learning takes place by a written and an oral test. The final grade will take into account the results achieved in the two tests. The written test consists in the preparation of a power point on one of the topics covered and its presentation, with the aim of verifying the ability of the student to independently process the information. During the oral examination the student must demonstrate knowledge of the topics and how to expose them in a formal way. To pass the exam, they are required: active participation in the lessons and of course the knowledge of the topics.
Lectures in the classroom with power point presentations, some lessons will be dedicated to the integration of the lesson through power point exposure by the students with consequent discussion of the topic. In the "moodle" platform of the University, educational material will be inserted.
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: email@example.com
Type of exam
written and oral
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals
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
Last update of the programme: 15/10/2018
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