66766 - Complements of Analytical Chemistry and Strumental Analysis

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

Good health and well-being Clean water and sanitation Oceans

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

This course has been designed to blend the basic knowledge of general analytical chemistry with instrumental analytical chemistry in order to bring it nearer to the needs of the actual work of an industrial chemist. At the end of the course students should acquire a specific knowledge in the field of applied analytical chemistry.

Course contents

Introduction to sampling. Definitions and role in the analytical process. Sample pretreatments. An "ideal" dissolution procedure. Decomposition and dissolution of inorganic solids. Use of mineral acids. Fusion procedures. Decomposition of organic and biological matrices. Schoninger method for elemental organic analysis. Analysis by combustion. Microwave-assisted decomposition.

Introduction to separation and preconcentration techniques. Solvent extraction. Soxhlet apparatus. Supercritical-fluid extraction. Solid phase extraction (SPE) Solid phase microextraction (SPME) Ion-exchange resins. Gas and vapour phase separations. Coprecipitation, precipitation and  electrolytic precipitation.

Introduction to rapid analytical assays. Assays for water analysis. Transportable equipment.

Analytical methods automation. Flow-injection analysis: principles, equipment and techniques.

Spectroscopic techniques:

Principles of vibrational (IR) spectroscopy . Equipment to record IR spectra. Identification of compounds by analysis of a mid infrared spectrum.

Radioanalytical techniques:

Radiochemical methods of analysis. Radiation detectors.Isotope dilution analysis. Neutron activation analysis. Radiocarbon dating methods of analysis

Electrochemical tehcniques:

Introduction to the basic concepts of electroanalysis and introduction to the anodic stripping technique. Applications to trace metal analysis.


  1. K. A. Rubinson, J.F. Rubinson, Chimica Analitica Strumentale, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2002
  2. D. C. Harris, Chimica Analitica Quantitativa, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2017
  3. Skoog, Leary, Chimica Analitica Strumentale, EdiSES, Napoli.

Teaching methods

Lectures integrated by exercises related to the discussed topics.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the course will be via an oral exam which aims to check the knowledge of the issues listed in the section "Course content".

The exam will be passed if the student answers correctly to the majority of the questions raised by the teacher.

Teaching tools

Lectures and class-room activities are carried out with the help of video-projection. The teaching material is available to the students.

Office hours

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