Main objective is to give a wide scenario on the most important processes of the worldwide industrial chemistry, covering both inorganic and organic industrial chemistry. There is also a small part of the economy to introduce students to the key concepts related to the cost of a product and the costs of managing a chemical plant.
Expected learning outcomes
Students will become familiar with the basic processes of organic and inorganic industrial chemistry. They will gain also a bacis knowledge of economics and management of a plant.
Lesson period: First semester
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LESSONS PROF.SSA BIANCHI Definition of chemical process and reading of a flow sheet (examples of real flowsheets). Notes on unit operations (later taken up in the courses of plants) Industrial synthesis of ammonia from syngas Synthesis of nitric acid Synthesis of sulfuric acid Industrial synthesis of sodium carbonate via ammonia Industrial chemistry of phosphorus and synthesis of orthophosphoric acid Soda / chlorine production plant: mercury and diaphragm cells. Comparison between chemical and electrochemical synthesis. Aluminum production: comparison between Bayer process and Hall-Héroult process Hydrogen chemistry Technologies for the control of air emissions The ceramic industry: raw materials and kiln management Elements of business economics LESSONS PROF. ALBANESE Raw materials and energy sources. Introduction to industrial chemistry: importance of raw materials and energy sources; conversion definition; statistical data on the relevance of the chemical industry in Italy and worldwide; classification of the main sectors of industrial chemistry; definition of building block; main products of industrial chemistry. Oil: origin, composition, refining Coal and natural gas; shale oil and its extraction Overview of the main series of building blocks (C1-C6) Series C1: synthesis gas and methanol Fischer Tropsch trial hydroformylation Synthesis of C2 -C4 olefins: ethylene, propylene, butenes and butadiene Synthesis of vinyl chloride Synthesis of maleic anhydride and terephthalic acid.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry.
Written exam for the part of inorganic industrial chemistry / economics. The exam takes place through a written test in which the student demonstrates mastery of the topics presented in class.
The knowledge acquired and the ability to understand the topics presented in the lessons of prof. Albanese will be assessed through an oral interview. During the interview, the student will also have to demonstrate their ability to connect the various topics and to use the correct terminology.