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

Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Climate Action

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Integral balance of matter and energy, transport of heat and matter and their application to thermochemical and catalytic processes. Technologies for the treatment of gaseous emissions, liquid effluents and contaminated sites. Separation operations with low environmental impact. Operating principles, construction features and equipment equations.

Course contents

Module 2 – Prof. Giuseppina Montante (40 hours)
Material and energy balances: single phase and multiphase systems, nonreactive and reactive processes, continuous and batch operations. Applications to green industrial chemical and biochemical processes.

Heat and mass transfer in reactive processes with low environmental impact.

Traditional and innovative unit operations for wastewater treatments, including bio-based operations. Technological aspects and case studies.
Traditional and innovative unit operations for polluted gas treatments, including CO2 capture. Technological aspects and case studies.

Design and scale-up of reactors, micro-reactors, bioreactors and separation units for the optimized utilization of renewable resources.

Design of innovative equipment for process intensification based on integrated (bio-)reactors and separation units.

Module 1 – Prof. Davide Pinelli (10 hours)
Technologies for the bioremediation of contaminated sites. Fate and transport of pollutants in the environment. In-situ and ex-situ technologies for site bioremediation. Pump and treat, liquid delivery and reactive barriers. Bioventing and air-sparging. Land farming, biopile and slurry bioreactors.

Computational laboratory on selected operations treated in the Module 2 program.


Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, 4th Edition.
Authors: Richard M. Felder, Ronald W. Rousseau, Lisa G. Bullard ISBN: 978-1-118-43122-1, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2015.

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists, 2nd Edition. Editors: Adisa Azapagic Slobodan Perdan. ISBN:9780470718711 (print), 9780470972847 (online), DOI:10.1002/9780470972847. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 2011.

Bioremediation Engineering – Design and Application, J.T. Cookson Jr., McGraw-Hill, USA, 1995.

[The books are warmly recommended to the students for widening their knowledge of the main topics of the course. They are not followed in a detailed way].

Teaching methods

The lessons are given in class in the standard format.
During the lectures, the students will be involved in the solution of exercises and in the analysis of case studies individually or in small groups. In this way, they are guided to gradually acquire the skills to apply the knowledge gained in the course, to improved their capability to work in group and to be prepared to the final examination.
The laboratory will be based on computer-aided methods.
Lecture notes and exercises presented in class will be available in the UNIBO platform IOL.

Assessment methods

The aim of the final examination is to evaluate the achievement of the main goals of the course, specifically:
- the capability to adopt suitable analysis and calculation techniques, which are presented during the course, in order to understand the working principles of the equipment and the basis design rules, in addition to the understanding of the chemical and physical phenomena occurring in equipment and processes of the (bio-)chemical industry;
- the capability to use the outcomes obtained by the above analysis to improve the equipment performances.

The final assessment will be via an oral exam of about 30 minutes.
It is aimed at ascertaining the full understanding of both the basic principles and the design rules of equipment considered during the course.
The knowledge level acquired by the student on the topics covered in the class, his/her ability to present them clearly and with command of language and to discuss them critically will result in:
higher grades, if the student demonstrates full and deep understanding of the subject, critical analysis of applications and command of language in presentation.
passing grade, if the student demonstrates basic knowledge of the main topics of the course, sufficient critical analysis and acquisition of basic technical language.
failing grade, if the student demonstrates gaps in fundamental concepts of the subject and consequently insufficient capability to analyse case studies.

Teaching tools

Blackboard and power point presentations.

Office hours

See the website of Giuseppina Montante

See the website of Davide Pinelli