29931 - Fundamentals of Industrial Chemistry

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Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Provide the student with the elements to acquire, through the detailed analysis of some of the main industrial processes, the ability to organize a production line.

So as to be able to choose, based on plant, economic and environmental considerations, the optimal configuration of operations and of the equipment.

Course contents

1. Introduction to the course and to the structure of the chemical industry

2. Methane Steam reforming

3. Upgrading and secondary reforming of syngas

4. Steam Reforming of liquid hydrocarbon and solids

5. Synthesis of ammonia

6. Synthesis of sulphuric acid

7. Synthesis of nitric acid

8. Synthesis of phosphoric acid

9. Air separation


Ulmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 7th Ed., Wiley-VCH, 2011

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 5th Ed., Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2014

R.M. Felder and R.W. Rousseau, Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, J. Wiley & Sons, New York, 3rd Ed., 2005 (capitoli 1-4)

R. Turton, J.A. Shaeiwitz, D. Bhattacharyya, Analysis, Synthesis and Design of Chemical Processes, Prentice-Hall, 5th Ed. 2018

J.A. Moulijn, M.Makkee, A.E.Van Diepen " Chemical Process Technology "

Teaching methods

On line presentations



Assessment methods

The oral test consists of an individual interview and ensures the acquisition of the candidate's knowledge on the most important chemical processes.

Passing the exam will be guaranteed to students who have demonstrated operational capacity and knowledge of the theoretical concepts, in relation to the key concepts illustrated in the course and the thermochemistry of the process.

The failure of the oral exam may be due to insufficient knowledge of the key concepts, and/or to the lack of mastery of technical language.

Teaching tools

The teaching material presented at the lesson will be made available to the student electronically. All slides presented during the course will be available online.

Office hours

See the website of Ernesto Salzano