General Chemistry 


Course description:

Introduction to Chemistry. Atomic structure. Electron configuration. Periodic Table and periodic trends. Ionic bond versus Covalent bond. Molecular Geometry-Valence Shell Electron pair Repulsion (VSEPR) Theory. Valence Shell Theory. Hybridization. Molecular Orbitals. Metallic Bond. Intermolecular forces. Chemical Kinetics. Chemical Equilibrium. Solutions. Acid-Base chemistry. Oxidation-reduction reactions. Surface/structure analysis methods in materials science.

Book written by Michalis Konsolakis for this lesson: General Chemistry: Principles and Applications




Course contents:

  • Introduction and Basic Concepts
  • First law of thermodynamics-Energy Conversion and Energy Analysis
  • Properties of Pure Substances
  • Energy Analysis of Closed Systems
  • Mass and Energy Analysis of Control Volumes
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Entropy
  • Gas Power Cycles: Otto, Dielel, Stirling, Ericksson, Brayton
  • Chemical Reactions & Chemical Equilibrium


Materials Science & Technology


Course description:

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Atomic structure
  • Chemical Bonds
  • Metallic Bond
  • Structure of Crystalline Solids
  • Imperfections in Solids
  • Diffusion
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Strengthening Mechanisms
  • Phase Diagrams
  • Structure-properties-applications of Catalytic materials
  • Composites
  • Materials Properties
  • Materials for environmental & Energy Applications


Environmental Science & Technology


Course description:

  • Global Energy System & Fossil Fuels
  • Industry & Environment
  • Air pollution: sources, consequences and control technologies
  • Water purification
  • Waste water treatment
  • Solid waste management
  • Particulate Matter Emission & Control Technologies.



Catalysis for Energy & Environmental Applications (postgraduate)


Course description:

This class assesses current and potential future energy systems, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner. To key role of catalysis on energy production and utilization is presented. The course includes future fuels employing catalytic processes such as biomass conversion, synthesis and conversion of biofuels, H2 production and utilization and clean carbon technologies. Introduction to traditional and new energy sources and their environmental impact will also be included. Special emphasis will be paid on the impact of fossil fuels on environmental degradation and the role of alternative energy sources toward environmental mitigation and sustainable development.



  • Global energy overview-current status and future perspectives
  • Fossil fuels as energy carrier: advantages & disadvantages
  • Catalysis: basic principles and applications
  • Environmental Catalysis: Emission control from mobile and stationary sources
  • Catalysts for renewable energy
  • Biomass & biofuels
  • Hydrogen as an energy carrier
  • Clean Coal Technologies-Direct Carbon Fuel Cells


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General Chemistry  


Inorganic Chemistry


Environmental Chemistry


Physical Chemistry


Surface Science & Heterogeneous Catalysis (postgraduate)


Modern aspects in Chemical and Energy Technologies (postgraduate)


Surface and Structural Analysis (postgraduate)       


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Physical Process 


Chemical Technologies


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