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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Physical Chemistry I


SchoolChemical and Environmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDCHEM 201Semester4th
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS
Lectures, Lab and Tutorial Exercises4
Th=2, E=1, L=1
Course Type Scientific area, General Background
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URLhttps// (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Interprets the biggest global environmental problems of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.
  • Calculates conversions between the various units of measurement of physical quantities frequently encountered in Chemical and Environmental Engineering.
  • Solves mass and energy balances of relatively simple Chemical and Environmental Engineering problems.
  • Recognizes the basic concepts/principles of Physical Chemistry, the microcosm of the macrocosm and the behavior of organized matter.
  • Describes the behavior of ideal and non-ideal gases and the behavior of real gases in processes.
  • Analyzes and designs physical chemistry, thermodynamic and separation processes (Distillation, Absorption, Adsorption, Extraction).
  • Analyzes and designs physical chemistry, thermodynamic and separation processes (Distillation, Absorption, Adsorption, Extraction.
  • Applies 1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics.
  • Uses the physicochemical properties of organized matter to develop, design and analyze processes.
  • Examines the kinetics and mechanism of chemical reactions and performing thermodynamic calculations.
  • Defines the behavior of reactors and processes.
  • Relates phase equilibria (liquid-vapor, liquid-liquid, liquid-solid) and use of physicochemical properties and equations to design the processes involved.
  • Designs a fractional distillation process.
  • Determines the thermodynamic parameters of a reaction.
General Competencies/Skills
  • Research, analysis and synthesis of data and information, using the necessary technologies
  • Autonomous Work
  • Teamwork
  • Project design and management
  • Production of new research ideas


  1. States of matter and basic properties.
  2. The gaseous state of matter: Ideal and non-ideal behavior, empirical laws, constitutive equations (of ideal and non-ideal gases), critical and reduced variables, theorem of corresponding states.
  3. Diffusion of gases.
  4. Phase Balance.
  5. Equilibrium of a liquid mixture and its vapors and laws governing it.
  6. Distillation: physicochemical distillation analysis and design, differential and fractional distillation.
  7. Equilibrium of gas-liquid, liquid-liquid, liquid-solid
  8. Physicochemical analysis of Absorption, Extraction, Adsorption processes.
  9. Physical and chemical sorption, isotherms.
  10. Thermodynamics: 1st Law and applications.
  11. Chemical Thermodynamics,
  12. 2nd Law and applications, Enthalpy, Entropy, Gibbs and Helmholtz Free Energy.
  13. Chemical potential, Chemical equilibrium.


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication TechnologyPower point presentations, E-class support
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures26
- Tutorial exercises13
- Lab exercises13
- Study of Literature26
- Autonomous study22
Course Total100

Assessment Method

Written final examination (100%):
- Questions of theoretical knowledge.
- Theoretical problems to be resolved.


  • Physical Chemistry, Peter Atkins, Julio de Paula, James Keeler, Oxford University Press; 11th edition, ISBN: 978-0198769866
  • Physical Chemistry, Kurt W Kolasinski, Wiley; 1st edition, ISBN: 978-1118751121


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