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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Introduction to Chemical & Environmental Engineering


SchoolChemical and Environmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDENVE 113Semester1st
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS
Lectures and Tutorial Exercises3
Th=2, E=1, L=0
Course Type General Background
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsYes
Course URL 



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should:

  1. have understood the basic concepts and principles and the learning environment of the sciences of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering;
  2. have understood the role and activities of Chemical and Environmental Engineers in the production and energy fabric of a country and in the protection of the environment;
  3. have understood the most important global energy and environmental problems;
  4. be sufficiently familiar with the units of measurement of physical quantities, as well as with the conversions between the various units;
  5. have been trained in performing technical calculations in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering
  6. have understood the basic concepts of mass and energy balances and can apply them in modeling and solving simple physicochemical processes;
  7. have been informed about the international trends and perspectives of innovative research in the field of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering, as well as to have a complete picture of the relevant research carried out at the School of CHENVENG.

The skills that the student is expected to develop upon successful completion of the course are:

  • Ability to understand the current issues faced or targeted by the Chemical and Energy Industry.
  • Understanding local and global environmental problems and challenges.
  • Ability to perform conversions between the various units of measurement of physical quantities commonly found in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering.
  • Ability to model simple physicochemical processes and perform technical calculations.
  • Ability to compile and solve mass and energy balances of relatively simple systems. . 
General Competencies/Skills
  • Review, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work in interdisciplinary environment
  • Project planning and management
  • Environmental protection


  1. Definition of the Science of Chemical Engineering. Knowledge and skills, activities and professional rights. The Chemical and Energy Industry in the light of sustainability and a clean environment: Development of non-polluting industrial processes and technologies, energy saving technologies, minimal carbon footprint and materials recycling technologies.
  2. Methodology of modeling physicochemical phenomena, the concepts of physicochemical and mathematical models, Sources of mathematical model equations (conservation equations of mass, energy, momentum, electric charge and state equations). Integral and differential methods for experimental measurements processing.
  3. Mass balances of chemical components in simple reactors. The concepts of chemical equilibrium and steady-state. Steady-state and dynamic behavior of a simple system. The Scale-Up concept in industrial processes.
  4. Dimensional Analysis Methodology. Basic dimensionless numbers in Chemical Engineering (Reynolds, Froude, Sherwood, Thiele, Damköhler, Biot, Arrhenius). Procedure for extracting semi-empirical state equations (Bunkinham theorem).
  5. Introduction to Environmental Engineering Science. Historical data, knowledge and skills, subject of work, professional rights. Environmental problems and causes. Sustainable development. Environmental legislation. Environmental ethics. European Environment Agenda. Nature-based solutions.
  6. Overview of environmental systems - ecosystems - biodiversity. Conservation of natural resources. Hydrological cycle. Water resources, watersheds, least squares method. Water pollution. Water and wastewater treatment technologies. Reuse of processed outputs.
  7. Climate change and air pollution. Greenhouse effect. Particulate pollutants and technologies for the treatment of gaseous pollutants. Renewable energy sources. Carbon footprint.
  8. Solid and hazardous waste: collection, recycling, composting, landfill, incineration, energy production. Environmental Economics, Environmental Policy, Circular Economy.
  9. Metric systems, units of measurement and unit conversions. Writing scientific reports: structure and organization, use of Word-Excel-Powerpoint. Scientific information: search of scientific literature, ways of referring bibliography.
  10. Short Seminars for the presentation of the research of the faculty members / laboratories of the School
  11. Short Seminars for the presentation of the research of the faculty members / laboratories of the School
  12. Short Seminars for the presentation of the research of the faculty members / laboratories of the School
  13. Short Seminars for the presentation of the research of the faculty members / laboratories of the School


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication TechnologyE-class support
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures (+seminars)39
- Tutorial Exercises9
- Projects 
- Autonomous study52
Course Total100

Assessment Method

Written final examination (100%):

  • Problems to be resolved.


  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering, M. Davis, D. Cornwell, 5th edition, McGraw-Hill Education, 2012, ISBN: 9780073401140.
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, G.M. Masters, W.P. Ela, 3rd Edition, Pearson, 2008, ISBN: 978-1292025759.
  • Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design, J.R. Mihelcic and J.B. Zimmerman, 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2010, ISBN: 9780470165058.
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering SI Edition, P.A. Vesilind, S.M. Morgan, L.G. Heine, 3rd Edition, CENGAGE Learning, 2010, ISBN: 9780495295853.
  • Perry’s Chemical Engineering Handbook, R.H. Perry, D.W. Green, J. O. Maloney,  McGraw-Hill, Sixth Ed. 1984, ISBN 0-07-049479-7.
  • Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering , D.M Himmelblau, J.B. Riggs, Pearson Education, Inc., 8th Ed., 2012, New York, ISBN-10: 0-13-288551-4, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-288551-5.


Course Instructor:Professor Ioannis V. Yentekakis  and Assistant Professor Alexandros Stefanakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Lectures:Professor Ioannis V. Yentekakis  and Assistant Professor Alexandros Stefanakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Tutorial exercises:Professor Ioannis V. Yentekakis  and Assistant Professor Alexandros Stefanakis (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises: