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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Physical Chemistry

Course Information:

Course ID:CHEM 201
Type of course:Required course
Teaching Hours:Th=3, E=0, L=6/2

Instructor: Professor I. Yentekakis (Faculty Member - EnvEng)

Laboratory Exercises:G. Botzolaki, N. Vakakis

Textbooks (Eudoxus):

  • Book [18549041]: Φυσικές διεργασίες, Ασσαέλ Μάρκος Ι.,Μαγγιλιώτου Μαρία Χ.

Recommended reading:

  • Φυσικοχημεία Atkins: τόμοι Ι και ΙΙΙ


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Course contents:

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.  

Laboratory exercises:

  • Five laboratory exercises- team reports

Assessment and grading method:

  • Lab work, 30% of the grade
  • Final closed-book written exam, 70% of the grade

Last modification: 31-08-2018