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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Instrumental Chemical Analysis


SchoolChemical and Environmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDENVE 212Semester4th
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS
Lectures Tutorials and Lab exercises6
Th=3, E=1, L=2
Course TypeGeneral Background
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course  (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes
This course offers knowledge on the modern methods of instrumental analysis and in combination with the laboratory exercises aims at a full understanding of the methods of detection and quantification of chemical compounds. The course will cover sampling strategies and sample preparation technologies, chromatographic separation techniques and detectors that can be coupled to them. A range of spectrochemical methods is also presented with the aim of fully understanding spectrometric analyses. Introduction to atomic spectroscopy is foreseen and intended to increase understanding of the methods used for metal analysis. Finally, the statistical evaluation of the results and the calibration of methods are presented as a tool for evaluating the results

Upon successful completion of this course the students will acquire new knowledge and specific skills on the following subjects:

  • Has knowledge of the basic principles of operation of modern and advanced analytical techniques for the determination of inorganic and organic compounds
  • Has knowledge of basic principles of sampling and chemοmetrics. The latter will enable the evaluation of the analytical results
  • Has laboratory experience in a range of instrumental analytical methodologies
  • Has a practical understanding of the analytical techniques used
  • Trained in laboratory safety rules
General Competencies/Skills
  • Review, analyse and synthesize data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Autonomous work
  • Decision making



  1. Introduction to instrumental chemical analysis.
  2. Chemical Characteristics of Samples.
  3. Principles of Green Analytical Chemistry
  4. Statistics and data management. Quality assurance and method validation
  5. Calibration of instruments
  6. Spectrochemical Methods
  7. Atomic Spectrometry Methods
  8. Sampling strategies. Sample preparation methods
  9. Chromatography: Basic Principles and Theory
  10. Gas Chromatography
  11. Liquid Chromatography and Electrophoresis
  12. Mass spectrometry
  13. Automation in measurements

Laboratory exercises

  1. Laboratory safety, basic measurements, preparation of solutions
  2. Determination of TSS, TDS, conductivity, salinity, BOD, COD
  3. Generation of a spectrophotometer calibration curve.
  4. Determination of trace amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in liquid samples using gas chromatography
  5. Determination of water octanol distribution coefficients using liquid chromatography
  6. Determination of metals in solid samples using ICP / MS


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication TechnologyPower point presentations, E-class support
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures (Theory and tutorials)52
- Small group laboratory exercises26
- Laboratory reports6
- Autonomous study16
Course Total100

Assessment Method

Laboratory grade:

  • Individual reports:60% of the Lab grade
  • Final written lab exam: 40% of the Lab grade

Assessment and grading method:

  • Laboratory, 30% of the final grade
  • Final written exam, 70% of the final grade


  • Analytical Chemistry by Gary D. Christian, Purnendu K. Dasgupta, Kevin A. Schug


Course Instructor:Professor  E. Psillakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Lectures:Professor  E. Psillakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Tutorial exercises:Professor  E. Psillakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises:A. Pantidou (STLS - ChEnvEng), K. Antelli (LTS - ChEnvEng)