Engineering Chemistry

Objectives and competences

The aim of this course is to renew and expand the knowledge of general, inorganic and organic chemistry, and to acquaint students with the fundamentals of chemical engineering and the work with dangerous chemicals. The focus is on skills, such as the properties of the elements and materials, basic chemical reactions and basic chemical processes. Based on the lectures and tutorials students acquire the means of selecting suitable materials and their protection, while being given an insight into the possibilities for the use of mechanical engineering, electrotechnical and computer knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering process.

- Knowledge of general, inorganic and organic chemistry, for example, properties of elements and materials, basic chemical reactions and basic chemical processes,
- Basic knowledge of chemical engineeringBasic knowledge of the safety issues when working with dangerous chemicals.


Required prerequisite knowledge from basic chapters in Mathematics (functions) and Physics.
Connection with other courses: Course provides some basic skills that are useful in other subjects such as Electrical Engineering, Power Engineering and Environment and Manufacturing Systems.


  1. General Chemistry
    • Structure of matter (basic particles if matter, chemical bonds, mixtures)
    • Physical state of matter and phase transitions
    • Chemical reactions (chemical thermodynamics and kinetics)
    • Electrolytes (galvanic cell, electrolysis, corrosion)
    • Chemical elements and inorganic compounds (properties, toxicity, production and use)
    • Hydrocarbons and their derivatives (properties, toxicity, production and use)
    • Inorganic and organic nomenclature
  2. Chemical Engineering
    • Transfer from laboratory to pilot plant and industrial plants (chemical production line design, materials for chemical equipment, measuring equipment in chemical plants)
    • The basic processes (distillation, extraction, crystallization, inorganic industrial processes (ammonia, sulphuric and nitric acid, sodium hydroxide, chlorine, phosphoric acid and superphosphates, organic industrial processes (petrochemicals, reactions based on: ethylene, propylene, industrial chemicals from: methane, benzene, toluene and xylene)

  3. Security aspects in chemistry
    • work with dangerous substances

  4. Stoichiometry
    • Determination of chemical formulas from the measured mass weights of elements
    • Calculation of concentration of solutions after mixing or dilution
    • Use of general gas equation
    • Calculation of pH
    • Editing chemical equations
    • Calculation of the yields of chemical reaction
    • Determination of oxidation-reduction ratios of redox processes
    • Thermochemistry

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
Students are introduced to the basic principles of inorganic and organic chemistry and chemical engineering.

After that basic production processes are discussed based on inorganic and organic chemistry and knowledge of relevant environmental protection.

The emphasis is on mastering the basic chemical concepts for adequate communication with specialized personnel (chemists, chemical engineers).


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The exam: Condition to enter the exam is positive score (60% points) from stechiometry. Student performs written and oral examination in the total matter of the subject. Student presents a seminar in selected topic in Chemistry. Assessment of Competence: at test from stechiometry practical knowledge of stechiometry is checked. At written and oral exams knowledge of general, inorganic and organic chemistry, fundamentals of chemical engineering and chemical safety protocols examined.

Lecturer's references

Associate Professor Saim Emin
Habilitated in the field of ''Chemistry'' and employed at University of Nova Gorica.

Selected biography:

EMIN, Saim, et al. Tungsten carbide electrocatalysts prepared from metallic tungsten nanoparticles for efficient hydrogen evolution. Applied Catalysis. B, Environmental, 2018, vol. 236, str. 147-153, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.05.026. [COBISS.SI-ID 5154043].
EMIN, Saim, PAVLICA, Egon, OKUYUCU, H., VALANT, Matjaž, BRATINA, Gvido. Charge carrier transport in polycrystalline CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite thin films in a lateral direction characterized by time-of-flight photoconductivity. Materials chemistry and physics, 2018, vol. 220, str. 182-189, doi: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2018.08.012. [COBISS.SI-ID 5204987].
HOJAMBERDIEV, Mirabbos, EMIN, Saim, et al. Involving CeVO4 in improving the photocatalytic activity of a Bi2WO6/allophane composite for the degradation of gaseous acetaldehyde under visible light. Colloids and surfaces. A, Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Sep. 2017, vol. 529, str. 600-612, ilustr., doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2017.06.047. [COBISS.SI-ID 4873467].
EMIN, Saim, FANETTI, Mattia; ABDI, Fatwa, KROL, van er Krol; LISJAK, Darja; VALANT, Photoelectrochemical properties of cadmium chalcogenide sensitized textured porous zinc oxide plate electrodes, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2013 DOI: 10.1021/am3027986.

CV in bibliografija na spletni strani