Academic Year 2019/2020 - 1° Year - Curriculum Industria, Ambiente e Beni Culturali
Teaching Staff: Salvatore FAILLA
Credit Value: 6
Scientific field: CHIM/07 - Chemical foundations of technologies
Taught classes: 42 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The course aims to provide knowledge of the main problems connected with industrial technologies and the environment. At the end of the course the student will acquire skills regarding sustainable technologies for the environment and possibly to suggest environmental protection.

Course Structure


Detailed Course Content

Introduction to industrial and environmental issues. Relationship between chemistry, technology and society.

Interactions electromagnetic waves-matter. Origin of emission and absorption. Radiative and non-radiative de-excitation. Greenhouse hydrocarbons. Toxic organic molecules. PBC, IPA, DDT. Biomagnification and definition of lethal dose, LD50.

Inorganic compounds and environmental impact. Heavy metals and environmental pollution. Heavy metal toxicity. Mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic

Civil protection and chemical risk. - General information, reactive chemicals, decomposition, polymerization. Reaction with water, oxygen or other chemical products

Stability of chemical systems. Generality. Fugitive reactions. Explosive substances. Fire. Criteria for predicting the level of risk of substances.

Harmfulness of chemicals. General information NBC risk. Classification of products dangerous to health.

"Green Chemistry": definition, historical outline. The principles of green chemistry.

Discussion of some cases. Seveso, Bhopal, Minamata

Textbook Information

Colin Baird, “ Chimica Ambientale”, Zanichelli.

Concepcion Jimenez-Gonzales and David J.C. Constable, “Green Chemistry and Engineering”, Wiley