88384 - Technology for Energy and Environmental Depollution

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  • Teacher Francesco Maluta

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ING-IND/25

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language English

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Low Carbon Technologies and Sustainable Chemistry (cod. 9246)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale

  • Course Timetable from Sep 19, 2022 to Dec 20, 2022


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 Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2022/2023

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, and liquid effluents. Separation operations with low environmental impact. Operating principles, construction features and equipment equations.

Course contents

- Material and energy balances: nonreactive and reactive processes, continuous and batch operations. Applications to the design of sustainable processes and chemical plants.

- Computational laboratory on selected problems.

- Heat and mass transfer in chemical and biochemical processes.

- Design and scale-up of chemical reactors, gas-liquid bioreactors and slurry bioreactors to optimize the operations and to increase the process efficiency.

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

- Membrane separation processes: working principles, module design, focus on reverse osmosis.

- Traditional and innovative technologies for wastewater treatments, including bio-based operations.

- Traditional and innovative unit operations for polluted gas treatments.


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.

[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.

Lecture notes and exercises presented in class will be available in the UNIBO platform Virtuale.

The laboratory will be based on computer-aided methods.

In view of the type of activities adopted in this course unit, the Lab activity requires all students to complete Module 1, 2 of safety training in the workplace in e-learning mode


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 basic 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 40 minutes. It is aimed at ascertaining the full understanding of both the basic principles and the design rules of equipment considered during the course.

A short presentation (~10 mins MAX) on a relevant topic of choice must be presented at the beginning of the exam.

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 analyze case studies.

Teaching tools

Blackboard and power point presentations.

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Maluta