Physical Chemistry

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
4.5 ECTS; 2º Ano, 1º Semestre, 22,50 T + 30,0 TP

Lecturer
- Marco António Mourão Cartaxo

Prerequisites
Not applicable.

Objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to solve problems with some fundamental concepts of Physical Chemistry, on a microscopic perspective, namely Quantum Mechanics, Chemical Kinetics and Electrochemistry, that will be useful in more advanced courses.

Program
1. Quantum Mechanics: Introduction. Translational, vibrational and rotational movement. Atomic structure and atomic spectra. Rotational and vibrational spectroscopy.

2. Chemical Kinetics: The rate of chemical reactions. The Arrhenius equation. The kinetic theory of gases. Molecular dynamics.

3. Electrochemistry: Electron transfer. Voltammetry. Electrolysis. Galvanic cells. Corrosion.

Experimental works:
1. Kinetic study of the reaction of crystal violet with sodium hydroxide by spectrophotometry.
2. Kinetic study of the reaction of ethyl acetate with sodium hydroxide by conductimetry. Determination of kinetic parameters.
3. Thermodynamic study of electrochemical cells.

Evaluation Methodology
The evaluation is done through open-book written tests at different official opportunities (80%), as well with the laboratory coursework and reports (20%), with a minimum mark of 10/20.

Bibliography
- Atkins, P. (1998). Physical Chemistry. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Formosinho, S. (1983). Fundamentos de Cinética Química. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
- Levine, I. (1995). Physical Chemistry. New York: McGraw-Hill

Method of interaction
Lectures where the fundamental principles are described. Theoretical and practical classes where the resolution of application exercises is done and laboratory works dealing with chemical kinetics and electrochemistry is performed.

Software used in class
Not applicable.