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Industrial Chemistry

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Degree Level: 
Bachelor's Degree
Teaching Facility: 
Department of Chemical Sciences
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Italian Classification: 
L-27 Scienze e tecnologie chimiche
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Course Overview

Chemistry plays a decisive role in the scientific-technological and economic-social development of a country. In particular, Industrial chemistry is crucial to provide new forms of energy and new materials, promoting innovation in all areas of production, thus ensuring a better quality of life.

The bachelor degree course in Industrial Chemistry aims to form a graduate with a good knowledge of the chemical sciences and able to master general scientific methods and contents, with specific professional knowledge in the field of industrial chemistry.

The training activities include basic courses (math and physics) and courses in chemistry and industrial chemistry, with specific focus in productive and research fields where knowledge of the properties of products, materials and processes is required.

The course lasts three years. The didactic activity is organized annually in two semesters. The title is obtained by the acquisition of 180 university credits (CFU), acquired by passing the corresponding examinations. A CFU corresponds to 25 hours of total student study. Of these, 1 lesson CFU is equivalent to 7 hours, 1 exercises or laboratory activity CFU to 12 hours. The final exam evaluates the student's ability to expose and discuss with clarity and mastery the results of a project of chemical interest.

Educational Goals

The bachelor degree course in Industrial Chemistry aims to prepare graduates with a scientific and technical training both for immediate access to professional employments as well as to proceed in the academic studies with M.D. courses of chemistry. In particular the bachelor degree course provides:

  • a solid basic training in mathematical and physical disciplines;
  • a basic knowledge of general, inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and biological chemistry;
  • the knowledge about industrial chemistry fundamentals, product-process relationships, and sustainable and environmental chemistry;
  • the knowledge about the chemistry and technology of reactions and processes, with a focus on plants, safety, energy, environmental, economic and quality aspects;
  • basic knowledge about polymer science (structure, synthesis and production processes);
  • basic knowledge of catalytic processes, energy production and petrochemical processes;
  • the knowledge and skills for the scale-up from laboratory to the industry;
  • the knowledge on materials and products properties and applications;
  • a deep knowledge of experimental and instrumental laboratory methods.

In order to achieve the educational aims, the didactic arrangement provides basic training activities, mainly in the first year, with math, physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and English chemistry, whose knowledge is a prerequisite for subsequent professional training courses chemical-industrial disciplines with attention to technological-application aspects. There is also an intensive laboratory activity, study visits to chemical industries operating in the territory and seminars held by representatives of the world of industry and the free profession.