66196 - Chemical Processes with Low Environmental Impact M

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Industrial Chemistry (cod. 0884)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to apply the theoretical basis for the development of new chemical processes, or for the improvement of existing process technologies, in order to reduce the environmental impact and to improve safety.

Will have acquired the skills related to environmental impact assessment of chemical reactions, to the design of cleaner synthetic routes, with minimal use of toxic reagents, intermediates or catalysts.

Will know examples of alternative production processes, starting from renewable raw materials, with maximum atomic efficiency, and with co-production of minimum waste and by-products.

Course contents


Fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics.

Fundamentals of industrial chemistry (process flow-sheets, effect of main operative parameters on process performance, main industrial organic and inorganic process technologies).

Fundamentals of organic and inorganic chemistry.


1. Green metrics: measuring the impact of environmental processes.
2. Solvents: issues, recycling, environmental impact assessment, "green" solvents
3. Examples of more sustainable industrial processes.
4. Green chemistry and Green Engineering: Principles
5. Integrated processes and process intensification.
6. Chemical processes from renewable raw materials.


It is not necessary to purchase specific textbooks

Teaching methods

Lectures with power point presentation.

Assessment methods

The exam is done through a final test aimed at ascertaining the expected acquisition of knowledge and skills.

The final exam consists of an oral test.

Teaching tools

Power point presentation. Copies of the presentation will be provided, via internet access.

Office hours

See the website of Fabrizio Cavani


Good health and well-being Affordable and clean energy Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.