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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Physical Chemistry


School Environmental Engineering
Course Level Undergraduate
Course ID CHEM 201 Semester 4th
Course Category Required
Course Modules Instruction Hours per Week ECTS
Lectures and Laboratory assignments 6
Th=3, E=0, L=6/2
Course Type  Scientific area, General Background
Instruction/Exam Language Greek
The course is offered to Erasmus students No
Course URL https// (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding of the fundamental concepts/principles and learning content of Physical Chemistry as well as the micro- and macro- world and organized matter behavior.  
  • Understanding of the behavior of Ideal and Real gases.Behavior of Real gases in processes. 
  • Understanding of Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics, fundamental Separation principles (Distillation, Absorption, Adsorption, Εxtraction) and steps for the development and analysis of processes.  
  • Understanding of the states and properties of the matter and Phases Equilibrium.
  • Understanding of Chemical Kinetics, Catalysis and Catalysis Promotion principles, as well as of the mechanisms of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions.
  • Understanding of 1st and 2nd Thermodynamic Law and their applications on thermodynamic calculations and processes
  • Thermochemistry and calculations.

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

  • Will be able to utilize physical chemical properties of organized matter for the development and analysis of processes. 
  • Will be capable of designing Distillation, Absorption, Adsorption and Εxtraction processes.
  • Can study the kinetics as well as the mechanism of chemical reactions and perform thermodynamic calculations.
  • Will be able to understand the behavior of reactors and processes.  
  • Will be capable to study equilibrium of phases (liquid-vapor, liquid-liquid, liquid-solid) and use physical chemistry properties and equations for the development of processes.
  • Can gain knowledge on and design a fractional distillation process.
  • Will have the ability to determine the kinetics and thermodynamic parameters of a reaction (reaction constant, activation energy, enthalpy difference, chemical equilibrium constant etc).
  • Will be capable to process experimental results of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions.
General Competencies/Skills
  • Review, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies.
  • Work autonomously.
  • Work in teams.
  • Protect natural environment.
  • Design and manage projects.
  • Develop new research ideas.


  • The states and properties of matter.
  • The Ideal gas and its PVT behavior and relationships.
  • Mixtures of ideal gases; the Dalton’s law. Diffusion of gases and liquids and calculations.
  • PVT behavior of real gases: equations of states; the critical region; the virial and van der Waals equations; the law of corresponding states, etc.
  • Chemical kinetics: rate constant and Arrhenius theory; reaction rate equations; experimental methods in kinetic data acquisition (batch, CST and PF reactors) and determination or reaction order; Reaction mechanism and rate equation; Kinetics and mechanisms of heterogeneous catalytic reactions (Eley-Rideal and Langmuir-Hinshelwood models); Applications for the design of chemical reactors.
  • Thermodynamics: First law and applications; chemical thermodynamics; second law and applications; Enthalpy; Entropy; Gibbs and Helmholtz free energy; chemical potential; chemical equilibrium and calculations.
  • Changes of states: Phases and Phases equilibrium; Liquid-vapor equilibrium and distillation; fractional distillation analysis and design; gas-liquid equilibrium and absorption; gas-solid surfaces equilibrium and adsorption; liquid-liquid equilibrium and extraction.
  • Introduction to electrochemistry and fuel cells.  


Lecture Method Direct (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication Technology Specialized experimental equipment, E-class support
Instruction Organisation Activity Workload per Semester
- Lectures 26
- Lab assignments 96
- Tutorials 13
- Laboratory exercises 15
Course Total 150

Assessment Method

Ι. Written final examination (70%).
- Questions of theoretical knowledge.
- Theoretical problems to be resolved.

IΙ. Laboratory exercises, written assignments and oral examination for the evaluation of laboratory exercises comprehension (30%).


  • Book Eudoxus [13939]: Physical Processes: Analysis and Design, Ioannis, Yentekakis, Kleidarithmos Publications, Athens, 2010.
  • Book Eudoxus [18549041]: Physical processes, Assael Markos I., Maggiliotou Maria X., Tziola Publications, Thessaloniki
  • College notes “Physical Chemistry” (220 pages) available in e-class (free access for students), Ioannis Yentekakis, 2001.


Course Instructor: Professor P. Gikas (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Lectures: Professor P. Gikas (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Tutorial exercises: G. Botzolaki (LTS - ChEnvEng), N. Vakakis (LTS - ChEnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises: G. Botzolaki (LTS - ChEnvEng), N. Vakakis (LTS - ChEnvEng)