17527 - Complements of Analytical Chemistry

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  • Teacher Barbara Ballarin

  • Credits 4

  • SSD CHIM/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Chemistry and Technologies for the Environment and Materials (cod. 8515)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Feb 20, 2023 to Apr 04, 2023


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

Quality education Gender equality Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

Thiscoursehas been designed to blend thebasic knowledgeofgeneral analytical chemistry with instrumental analytical chemistryin order to bring it nearer to the needs of the actual work ofan industrial chemist. At the end of the course students should acquire a specific knowledge in the field of applied analytical chemistry. Since the course is part of a curriculum of studies inherent to materials, the focus will be on those aspects of the analytical chemistry that have particular importance in this specific field.

Course contents

 Introduction to sampling. Definitions. Types of samples. Sampling plan. Sampling of solid, liquid and gas materials. Sampling uncertainty and other source of uncertainty in the final result.

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. Microwave-assisted decomposition.

Introduction to separation and preconcentration techniques. Solvent extraction. .Soxhlet apparatus.The extraction of metal ions. Chelate systems. Efficiency of extraction. pH-extraction curves. Supercritical-fluid extraction. Solid phase extraction (SPE) Solid phase microextraction (SPME) Ion-exchange resins. Gas and vapour phase separations. Coprecipitation, precipitation and . electrolytic precipitation.

Mixed instrumental techniques: chromatography-MS. Principles and applications. Spectroelectrochemistry. Principles and applications.

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

Applied analysis:

Analytical characterization of materials : examples from the current literature


Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Physics

1) Instrumental analysis
2)Calibration Methods

3) Fundamentals of Statistic.





Different tests are available; the msot recommended are:

  1. D.C. Harris, Chimica Analitica Quantitativa, Zanichelli, 2005 (o la più recente edizione, 2017)
  2. J.C. Miller and J.N. Miller, Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry, 6th ed., Prentice Hall (UK), 2010
  3. D.A. Skoog, D.M. West, F.J. Holler, S.R. Crouch, Fondamenti di Chimica Analitica, III Ed., Edises, 2009
  4. David Harvey, Modern Analytical Chemistry, McGraw-Hill Education, [https://www.bookdepository.com/publishers/McGraw-Hill-Education-Europe] 1999

Harvey Text (4) is now in  open access on the web link : http://dpuadweb.depauw.edu/harvey_web/eTextProject/AC2.1Files/AnalChem2.1.pdf

Teaching methods

Lectures integrated by exercises related to the discussed topics.  Simple Lab tests could be carried out to better understand the topics discussed during the theoretical lessons.

The frontal activities will be accompanied by non-binding educational verification tests for admission or evaluation under consideration.

Student products as well as all teaching material will be shared on an online platform.

"In consideration of the types of activities and teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the performance of all the students of Modules 1 and 2 in e-learning mode  [https://www.unibo.it/it/servizi-e-opportunita/salute-e-assistenza/salute-e-sicurezza/sicurezza-e-salute-nei-luoghi-di-studio-e-tirocinio] and the participation in Module 3 of specific training on safety and health in places of study. Information on dates and methods of attendance of Module 3 can be consulted in the specific section of the degree program website. "

Assessment methods

Assessment of the course will be via an final oral exam (interview) which aims to verify the acquisition of the learning outcomes expected from the knowledge of the topics which constitute  the program of the Course. The ability of the student to critically and methodologically face the solution of an analytical problem will be privileged. It will be particularly appreciated the achievement of an organic view of the learned topics together with their critical application to real problems and the command of the specific language to analytical chemistry.

Teaching tools

Lectures and class-room activities are carried out with the help of transparencies and video-projection. The teaching material is available  on on-line platform.

Classroom Response Systems ("Clickers" and Kahoot) will be used for the purpose of carrying out learning checks.

Office hours

See the website of Barbara Ballarin