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Code 13643
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Physics and Chemistry
Entry requirements ---
Mode of delivery Face to face.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes The course unit aims to provide a basic understanding of the core area of physical chemistry: chemical thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibrium and chemical kinetics, based around the theme of systems, states and processes applied to biological phenomena. At the end of this UC the student should be able to:
- Mastering the terminology of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics: nomenclature, system units and conventions.
- Apply the learned formalism to solve problems and case studies of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics related to biological phenomena.
- Plan, design and develop experimental work to study simple thermodynamic kinetic properties.
- Process experimental data in order to understand systems behavior by calculation and analysis of derived thermodynamic and kinetic properties.
- Demonstrate scientific ability and critical thinking in interpreting systems thermodynamic and kinetic behavior.
Syllabus - Thermodynamic laws.
- Solution thermodynamics: Partial molar quantities. Binary mixture of volatile liquids. Real solutions. Thermodynamics of mixing. Colligative properties.
- States and chemical equilibrium: Phase diagrams. Thermodynamic basis of chemical equilibrium. Binding of ligands to macromolecules. Bioenergetics and standard state.
- Thermodynamics of ions and electron transport: Electrolytic solutions. Ionic activity. Electrochemical cells thermodynamics. Ions transport across biological membranes.
- Chemical Kinetics: Kinetic parameters. Reaction Mechanisms. Reaction dynamics. Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
- Six practical assignments: Calorimetry. Partial molar quantities. Coligative propreties . Chemical kinetics.
Main Bibliography Required reading:
- Chang R., “Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biological Sciences”, University Science Books, 2000.
- Atkins P. , de-Paula J., “Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences”, W. H. Freeman, 2006.
- Leung M., “Problems and Solutions to accompany Raymond Chang: Physical Chemistry for the Chemical and Biological Sciences”, University Science Books, 2000.
- Schafer W., Klunker J., Schelenz T., Meier T., Symonds A., “Laboratory Experiments Chemistry”, PHYWE series of publications, Germany, 2008.
-Selected scientific papers.

Recommended reading:
- Chang R., “Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences”, University Science Books, 2005.
- Atkins P., Jones L., “Chemical Principles: The Quest for Insight”, 3.rd Edition, W. H. Freeman, 2005.
- Barrow G., “Physical Chemistry”, Edition, Mc Graw Hill, 1996.
- Atkins P., “Physical Chemistry”, Edition, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-07-02

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