Slide background

School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Physical Chemistry


SchoolEnvironmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDCHEM 201Semester4th
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS
Lectures and Laboratory assignments6
Th=3, E=0, L=6/2
Course Type Scientific area, General Background
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URLhttps// (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 MethodDirect (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication TechnologySpecialized experimental equipment, E-class support
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures26
- Lab assignments96
- Tutorials13
- Laboratory exercises15
Course Total150

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)