The aim of the course is to provide the fundamental concepts for understanding the industrial chemical processes with particular attention to the catalytic processes involved. To provide criteria for the classification of the chemical industry in terms of products, raw materials and types of chemical transformations. During the course, problems related to material and energy balances concerning industrial chemical processes will also be discussed.
Lectures and classroom exercises.
Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.
Introduction to industrial chemistry. Industrial chemical processes for oil refining. Petrochemistry and preparation of basic organic products. Production of synthesis gas and products derived from it. Catalysts and catalytic processes in heterogeneous and homogeneous phase. Biocatalysis. Industrial chemistry of inorganic products (Sulfur, Nitrogen and chlorine). Production of fine chemicals. Industrial production of polymers. Degradation and stabilization of polymeric materials. Introduction to sugars, oils and fats industry and surfactants synthesis.
1. J.A. Moulijn, M. Makkee and A. Van Diepen, Chemical process technology, 2nd Edition; Wiley, 2013.
2. Jens Hagen, Industrial Catalysis: A Practical Approach, third Edition, Wiley-VCH 2015.
3. Lectures notes and additional supplementary didactic materials will be available on Studium.
4. Richard M. Felder, Ronald W. Rousseau, Lisa G. Bullard, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 4th Edition, Wiley 2016