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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 12/05/2015
CHIM0681-1  Combined Chemistry Laboratories

Duration :  120h Labo.
Number of credits :  
Bachelor in engineering (Bachelor in engineering sciences, civil engineer orientation), 3rd year5
Lecturer :  Lionel Delaude, Gauthier Eppe, Bénédicte Vertruyen
Coordinator :  Gauthier Eppe
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
Analytical Chemistry
The first part of the laboratory sessions aims at teaching to students the basic experimental methods used in analytical chemistry. Emphasis will be mostly placed on quantitative methods, such as gravimetry and acid-base, complexometric, or redox titrations.
The second part of the program is focused on more specialized techniques, such as colorimetry. It aims at teaching to students analysis methods commonly used in research or industrial laboratories.
Inorganic Chemistry and Materials The laboratory sessions consist in the synthesis of inorganic materials by solid state reaction or by soft chemistry, followed by the (micro)structural characterization of the products, mainly by X-ray diffraction. The laboratory sessions will thereby illustrate the concepts of solid state chemistry taught during the CHIM0605 course.
Organic Chemistry and Materials Sessions of practical laboratory work will be devoted, on one hand, to the main techniques used to isolate and purify organic compounds and, on the other hand, to the synthesis of diverse organic products and their characterization through various analytical techniques, such as melting point determination, thin layer chromatography, or spectroscopic methods.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
At the end of the combined chemistry laboratories, students will be acquainted with the common basic techniques used in analytical, inorganic, and organic laboratories. They will be able to analyze and to perform simple experimental procedures reported in the literature, to carry out the synthesis, characterization, and quantification of organic and inorganic compounds, and to assess the significance of the results obtained.
In addition, laboratory sessions in small groups will help the students to develop more general skills, such as team working, problem solving, finding information in the technical literature, critically analyzing experimental data, improving their oral and writing skills, etc.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
The combined chemistry laboratories gather the experimental sessions associated with the courses of:
  • analytical chemistry (CHIM0606)
  • inorganic chemistry and materials (CHIM0605)
  • organic chemistry and materials (CHIM0604)
of the third bachelor in engineering sciences, option chemistry and material sciences.
Learning the topics covered in these three courses is a co-requise to carry out successfully the practical work.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Analytical Chemistry
Teams of two students perform a series of experiments with increasing complexity to get used to the basic techniques of analytical chemistry. Results are summarized in a report delivered at the end of the practical session.
Inorganic Chemistry and Materials
Practical sessions consist in a laboratory project, by teams of two students, each group focusing on the synthesis and characterization of one family of compounds. The results of the project are reported to the whole class, both as a written report and an oral presentation.
Organic Chemistry and Materials
Teams of two students perform a series of experiments with increasing complexity to get used to the basic techniques of organic chemistry, the identification of organic functions, and organic synthesis in either one or multiple steps. Each experiment is described in a laboratory notebook and, in some instances, in a written report.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Recommended or required readings :  
Analytical chemistry
The laboratory manual is available at the point de vue. Each laboratory session should be prepared in advance using the laboratory manual and the lecture notes relative to the topic under study.
Inorganic Chemistry and Materials
Each group will receive a file with several papers in English reporting synthesis procedures for the target compounds.
Organic Chemistry and Materials
A laboratory manual is available online as a pdf (see below). Each laboratory session should be prepared in advance using the laboratory manual and the lecture notes relative to the topic under study. The students might be questioned about their current laboratory work or about the content of previous sessions.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
The evaluation of the laboratory sessions takes into account:
  • the preparation of each session (read the laboratory notes or the manual, revise the related theoretical notions),
  • the behavior in the laboratory (respect of the schedule and of the safety instructions, answers to the questions of the teaching assistant, care brought to performing the experiments,...),
  • the laboratory notebook (all the experimental observation and results must be clearly and precisely reported and discussed),
  • any written report or oral presentation pertaining the experiments carried out.
The analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and materials, and organic chemistry and materials laboratories contribute for equal parts to the final note.
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Combined chemistry laboratories take place every Friday all day during the second quadrimester. Attendance to all the sessions of practical work is mandatory. Any absence must be justified by a medical certificate or any other appropriate document. For security reasons, access to the laboratory is allowed only to students in possession of a laboratory coat and a pair of goggles.
Contacts :  
Analytical Chemistry
Gauthier Eppe, coordinator
Institut de Chimie
Bâtiment B6c, Local 1/9A
Tel: (04) 366-3422

Person in charge of the laboratory sessions:
Céline Xhrouet
Tel: (04) 366-2345

Inorganic Chemistry and Materials
Benedicte Vertruyen
Laboratory of Structural Inorganic Chemistry
Bâtiment B6a, local 1/115
Tel: (04) 366-3452

Person in charge of the laboratory sessions:
Catherine Henrist
Tel: (04) 366-3438

Organic Chemistry and Materials
Lionel Delaude
Institut de chimie organique
Bâtiment B6a, local 3.70c
Tel: (04) 366-3496

Personne en charge des laboratoires:
Sylvestre Dammicco
Tel: (04) 366-2334

Items online :  
Chemistry and organic materials
Laboratory manual


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