Università degli studi dell'Insubria

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY AND PROCESS AUTOMATION MOD. A

Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in CHEMISTRY
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2015/2016
Year: 
2
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2016/2017
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Credits: 
4
Period: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
32
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (32 hours)
Requirements: 

No prerequisites are required

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Course description and learning objectives
The course will introduce the students to the automation in analytical chemistry and to process analytical chemistry. The course will be divided into two sequential modules, the first dedicated to the basic electronics for chemists, and to the development and understanding of the methods of automation of chemical analysis, and the second addressed to chemical processes and methodologies of control and optimization.

Course syllabus
Basic Electronics and Automation in analytical chemistry (32 hours)
- basic electronics for chemists (electronic components, analog electronics, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion).
- why automation in analytical chemistry : instrumental strategies
- physical and chemical sensors for the industrial process control (movement, temperature, pressure, electrochemical and spectrometric)
- Robotics in analytical chemistry
Process analytical chemistry (32 hours)
- introduction to industrial process control - feedback and feedforward, PID algorithms.
- practical examples of process control.
- process analytical chemistry-examples of basic chemical processes.

The course will take place both from a theoretical point of view with lectures in the classroom, and with practical examples discussed with experts in the field.

Books and Supplemental Material
- Handouts provided by the teacher for both lectures and tutorials websites.
Use of textbooks on basic electronics, process analytical chemistry and automation, available in the library or provided by the teacher in class.

Final evaluation
During the course, there shall be a continuous interchange between teacher and students, in order to have a continuous perception of the learning state, and of the teaching objectives.
At the end of each module, the student will prepare and deliver a project on a topic related to the course.
The exam will be oral, and will consist in the presentation and discussion of the projects presented during the course. At the end of the examination, the score will be in 30th, and it will be related to the quality of each project, and to the ability of the student to present the projects and discuss all aspects from a theoretical and practical point of view.