Petrochemistry - N215010
Title: Petrochemie
Guaranteed by: Department of Petroleum Technology and Alternative Fuels (215)
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Technology
Actual: from 2017 to 2019
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:5
E-Credits: winter s.:5
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:3/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 16 / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
For type:  
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Blažek Josef doc. Ing. CSc.
Is interchangeable with: M215003
Examination dates   Schedule   
Annotation -
Last update: ROZ215 (04.02.2016)
The course acquaints students with the production of basic large volume petrochemicals, i.e. chemicals produced from oil and natural gas. Production of ethylene, propylene, buta-­1,3-diene, benzene, toluene, xylenes, hydrogen, synthesis gas and alkanes is explained. The production of the chemicals is followed by elucidation of production and utilization of the most important products manufactured from these chemicals. If it's significant, the production of these chemicals from other raw materials is also mentioned. Emphasis is placed on chemical and technological understanding of the taught technologies.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Blažek Josef doc. Ing. CSc. (22.07.2013)

Students will be able to:

Understand the raw material base for the production of large volume organic chemicals.

Describe the principles and procedures of the production of large volume organic chemicals.

Know the use of these chemicals in the production of various plastics, rubber, resins, fibres, detergents and other important products.

Literature -
Last update: ROZ215 (26.09.2013)

R: Meyers R. A. (Editor-in Chief): Handbook of Petrochemicals Production Processes. McGraw-Hill, 2005, ISBN 0-07-141042-2

A: Weissermel K., Arpe H.-J.: Industrial Organic Chemistry. 3rd edition, VCH Publishers, Inc., New York, USA, 1997, ISBN 3-527-28838-4

A: Wittcoff H. A., Reuben B. G.: Industrial Organic Chemicals. John Wiley and sons, Inc., New York, USA, 1996, ISBN 0-471-54036-6

Learning resources -
Last update: ROZ215 (26.09.2013)

Blažek J., Lederer J., Herynk T.: Petrochemistry. Lectures provided to students in electronic form released at

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry:

Syllabus -
Last update: Blažek Josef doc. Ing. CSc. (22.07.2013)

1. An overview of raw materials and main petrochemical processes, steam cracking of hydrocarbons

2. Propene production by fluid catalytic cracking, propane dehydrogenation and alkene metathesis

3. Production processes for benzene, toluene and xylenes

4. Isolation and petrochemical utilization of C4 hydrocarbons - butadiene, butenes, izobutene, MTBE

5. Test of knowledge gained from study materials on topics 1 - 4

6. Importance and utilization of main polymers, production and utilization of polyethylene

7. Production and utilization of polyvinyl chloride, ethylene oxide, vinyl acetate, alk-1-enes

8. Production and utilization of polypropylene, acrylonitrile, propylene oxide and oxo alcohols

9. Production and uses of styrene, amides, phenol, aniline, poly(ethylenterephthalate) and phthalic anhydride

10. Production of hydrogen and syngas, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

11. Test of knowledge gained from study materials on topics 6 - 10

12. Production and uses of ammonia, methanol and formaldehyde

13. Production and uses of surfactants

14. Production and uses of acetylene and naphthalene

Registration requirements -
Last update: Blažek Josef doc. Ing. CSc. (22.07.2013)

Organic Chemistry I

Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1.5 42
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 3.5 98
5 / 5 140 / 140
Coursework assessment
Form Significance
Examination test 50
Continuous assessment of study performance and course -credit tests 50