General Chemistry I

6 ECTS / Semester / Portuguese

Objectives and competences

To provide the concepts of Fundamental Chemistry, considered essential for the understanding of phenomena related to biological sciences, bioengineering, and nutrition. With this general objective, it is considered as a priority to understand the structure of matter and correlate it with its physical and chemical properties, namely those involving chemical reactions in aqueous solution; understand and manipulate the calculation of concentrations, pH and stoichiometric calculations. Provide some concepts of Physical-Chemistry, considered essential for the understanding of phenomena related to biosciences and bioengineering. With this general objective, it is understood as a priority to understand the bases of kinetics of chemical reactions, and thermochemistry.


Teaching Methodologies

Lectures common to all groups, accompanied by theoretical-practical classes to solve application problems, carried out in class, usually with a number of students less than 20.

Laboratory classes (#3), involving work related to the most important points of the subject.




  1. Matter and its constitution; measurements in chemistry.
  2. Chemical bonding, basic concepts.
  3. Solutions.
  4. Chemical reactions.
  5. Chemical equilibrium.
  6. Acid-base equilibrium.
  7. Thermochemistry.
  8. Chemical kinetics.


Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry.
Calculation of concentrations.
Exercises involving stoichiometric calculations.
Exercises involving chemical equilibrium in gaseous and acid-base phases.
Exercises on thermochemistry.
Exercises on the kinetics of chemical reactions.

Practical work:

Work 1 – Preparation of standard solutions.
Work 2 – Effect of concentration and temperature variation on equilibrium: a cobalt complex.
Work 3 - Determination of enthalpy variations in chemical reactions.


Full Professor
PhD in Biotechnology (special in Chemistry) from the Portuguese Catholic University. Degree in Chemistry from the University of Porto. António Rangel is a…
Senior Technician
Graduated in Chemistry - Scientific area (1988) by Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto and post-graduated in Food Safety (2001) by Escola Superior de…
Maria João P. Monteiro holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology with specialization in Food Science and Engineering from the Biotechnology College of Portuguese…
Tânia Ribas Vaz Pedro has a PhD in Biotechnology and a degree in Microbiology from Escola superior de Biotecnologia of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa…