66943 - Applied Inorganic Chemistry

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  • Teacher Magda Monari

  • Credits 6

  • SSD CHIM/03

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Course Timetable from Sep 18, 2018 to Dec 19, 2018

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has a general vision of the relevance of  inorganic chemistry in the today's world . In particular, he knows the economic importance, the preparation methods and the environmental impact of the most important inorganic compounds produced on the industrial scale.

Course contents

  • Inorganic acids and derived products.

       - Industrial production of sulphuric acid and its impact on 

          the environment.

       - Industrial production of phosphoric acid.   

       -  Industrial production of hydrochloric acid (hydrogen


  • Inorganic bases and derived products.

       - Caustic soda and the chlor-alkali industry

       - Industrial production of soda (Solvay process)

       - Industrial production of lime.

  • Silicon compounds and related products

       - Zeolites. Industrial importance of zeolites. Structure and

         classification of zeolites. Industrial preparation of zeolites.

         Properties and uses of zeolites.

       - The  Cement. Cement manifacturing process. Cement

          degradation by atmospheric factors.

        - Glass. Glass industry. Properties of glasses. Coloured


  • Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium compounds in agriculture.

       - Industrial production of ammonia (Bosch-Haber process).

       - Industrial production of nitric acid (Ostwald process)

       - Industrial production of ammonium nitrate. Explosives.

  • Sulfur compounds and paper industry.

       - Industrial production of paper (Kraft process) and 

          comparison with the "sulfite" process.

  •  Water treatment.

       - Hydrolysis of cations in aqueous solutions.

       - Water hardness.

       - Treatment of solids dissolved in water.

       - Treatment for the potability of water. Treatments for 

          demineralization and softening of waters for industrial


  • Energy production with fuel cells.

       - Redox reactions. Galvanic cells. Pourbaix diagrams.

       - Comparison among the different types of fuel cells.

  • Metal corrosion and protection.

      - Bimetallic and single metal corrosion by acids.

      - Prevention of corrosion. Cathodic protection. Inhibitors of

        corrosion. Protective coating.

      - Stainless steels.

  • New Technologies: colloid science, materials for electronics,

       - magnetic materials and superconductors.





  • Lecture notes
  • T. W. Swaddle, Inorganic Chemistry , An Industrial and Environmental Perspective, Academic Press, 1997.

  • K. H. Büchel, H-H. Moretto, D. Werner,  P. Woditsch, Industrial Inorganic Chemistry, Wiley, 2006.

Teaching methods

Classroom lectures.

Assessment methods

The exam  consists of a colloquium on a few subjects of the course.

Teaching tools

Pc, overhead projector.

Office hours

See the website of Magda Monari