2023-2024 / CHIM9284-2

Analytical chemistry I - Chemical analysis methods, Theory


26h Th

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering2 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Geological and Mining Engineering (joint-degree programme with the "Université polytechnique de Madrid")2 crédits 
 Bachelor in geology2 crédits 


Gauthier Eppe

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The balanced reactions (acid-bases, redox, complexation, precipitation) are treated in terms of exchange of particles between donors and acceptors, thus unifying the concepts used in the study of the various reactions in aqueous solution. The next step consists in establishing a relationship between the variations of the conditional constants (acidity constants, formation constants of complex, normal potentials, exchange and partition constants) and the conditions of the medium (pH, ionic strength, complexing agent). These concepts being acquired, the implementation and the quantitative application of these various reactions with the purpose of analysis (titrimetry and gravimetry, primarily) are considered while insisting on accuracy which one should expect. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To understand, interpret and apply the various reaction steps of an analysis protocol in order to obtain the best performances in terms of accuracy and precision. They are the major objectives of the course. This implies a good knowledge of the chemical reactions which it implements.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.2, II.1, II.3, III.1, III.2, IV.2 of the MSc in chemical engineering.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.2, II.1, II.3, III.1, III.2, IV.2, IV.3 of the MSc in geological and mining engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course of general chemistry in 1st bachelor

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

See below

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course takes place every Friday morning from 8:15 to 10:15 am. The lessons  are illustrated by several experimental demonstrations adn exercices. The rehearsals are given after the theoritical course  from 10:30 to 12:30 or during the afternoon by Hugo Muller (assistant).
These rehearsals illustrate the course and contribute to its understanding thanks to a series of problems and exercises on the various chapters, while insisting particularly on acid-base and complexometric titrations, Redox and Pourbaix diagrams which are of primary importance for geologists. 
  The sudents are invited to work by group max 3 to 4 on series of exercices proposed and posted on e-campus. The students are free to prepare in advance the rehearsals The corrections are done at together at the black board. 

Recommended or required readings

The course notes and the exercices book are available at the Presses Universitaires 
Chimie Analytique I: Méthodes chimiques d'analyse 2021-2022, G. Eppe 
A copy of the powerpoint slides are also available.
As supplementary information, the consultation of the following works is recommended: - ETUDE ANALYTIQUE DES REACTIONS CHIMIQUES DANS L'EAU by J.Y. GAL (TEC et DOC-LAVOISIER, Paris 1989) - ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY by D.A.SKOOG, D.M. WEST and F.J HOLLER. 3rd Edition (2015)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Continuous assessment

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

6 written testing are planned during the TD. The test is  related on the subject developed during the previous course. 30 minutes are foreseen for the test at the beginning of the TD. The 4 highest notes out of the 6 are kept to calculate the mean and might lead to a bonus. A participation rate lower than 4 tests, does not give right to any bonus.
The distribution of the bonus for the exam is the following :
Criteria (mean value from 4 best tests)
  Mean < 12/20                Bonus +0
12<=  Mean < 14/20.     Bonus +1
14<=Mean < 16/20        Bonus +2
16<= Mean < 18/20       Bonus +3
18<= Mean < 20/20       Bonus +4
  In-person, written exam
The evaluation consists of a written exam of maximum 4 hours in January on the whole subject. The exam is mainly based on solving exercises and direct applications of the principles seen in the course.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Pr. Gauthier Eppe
Institut de Chimie, Bat B6c, Local 1/9A
Tel. +32-4-366.3422
e-mail. g.eppe@uliege.be

Assistant (Bloc 2 in chemical sciences et Master 1 chemical engineering) :Hugo Muller: hugo.muller@uliege.be

Assistante (Bloc 3 in geological sciences et Master 1 in geological and mine engineering): Aurore Schneiders: aschneiders@uliege.be

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