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CE10078: Physical chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce and develop key concepts in physical chemistry, in particular those of importance in chemical engineering processes.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
* Understand energy conservation in closed, open and reacting systems.
* Understand the phase behaviour of substances and how to use the phase rule.
* Understand the concepts of chemical potential, ideal and non-ideal conditions, and activity coefficients.
* Calculate changes in enthalpy, entropy, Gibbs' free energy, and equilibrium constants of chemical reactions.
* Understand the basic principles of electrochemistry.
* Understand the basic principles of the physical chemistry of interfaces

Analysis and problem solving (taught/facilitated and assessed).


* Gases; liquids and solutions; solids; polymers; bio-molecules.
* Electrolytes; basic principles of electrochemistry.
* Conservation of energy without chemical reaction; closed and open systems.
* Conservation of energy with chemical reaction; thermochemistry; Hesse's law; combustion.
* Physical and chemical equilibrium; phase transformations; humidity.
* Gibbs' free energy; chemical potential as a main driving force in chemical processes; phase rule.
* Ideal and non-ideal gases and liquids; activity coefficients.
* Physical chemistry of interfaces.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CE10078 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemical Engineering
  • UECE-AFM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering (Year 1)
  • UECE-AKM01 : MEng(Hons) Biochemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UECE-AFB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 1)
  • UECE-AKB05 : BEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UECE-AFM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering (Year 1)
  • UECE-AKM05 : MEng(Hons) Chemical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.