Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Achille Cappiello
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Biotechnology (L-2)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

During the course of Analytical Chemistry the student will learn some of the most advanced analytical techniques. The most important instrumental methods will be covered as well, in particular those for modern and advanced biological applications. Technical details and applications will be also considered. Particular emphasis will be given to chromatography, mass spectometry and spectroscopy.


Units of measurement. Preparation of solutions and dilutions. Validation of analytical methods: The error of measurement: Significant figures. Errors and their detection and minimization. Precision and accuracy. Calibration. Pearson coefficient. Method of least squares. Standardization procedures. Sample preparation techniques. Extraction and preconcentration. Recovery efficiency. Chromatographic methods: distribution coefficient. Column chromatography. The chromatogram and the chromatographic parameters. Chromatographic resolution and efficiency. Band broadening. Van Deemter equation. High performance liquid chromatography : stationary phases and mobile phases. Types of columns. UHPLC and other high efficiency techniques. Separation mechanisms: absorption, distribution, ion exchange, size exclusion. Ion chromatography. HPLC injector. HPLC detectors: RI, UV-Vis, fluorescence, electrochemical detectors.Mass Spectrometry: ionization techniques: electronic ionization, chemical ionization, electrospray ionization (ESI). General features of a mass spectrum. Mass spectrometric resolution. Fragmentation characteristics. Isotopic cluster. Mass analyzer: quadrupole (Q), ion trap (QIT), time of flight (TOF). Chromatography-mass spectrometry coupling, HPLC-MS. instrument configurations and operating modes. Using the mass spectrometer in the analytic field: SIM, Scan.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Course books

Slides, Suggested books: Cozzi, Protti, Ruaro - Elementi di analisi chimica strumentale - Seconda edizione - Zanichelli, Holler, Skoog, Crouch - Chimica analitica strumentale - Seconda edizione - EdiSES


Written test with open questions.

Disability and Specific Learning Disorders (SLD)

Students who have registered their disability certification or SLD certification with the Inclusion and Right to Study Office can request to use conceptual maps (for keywords) during exams.

To this end, it is necessary to send the maps, two weeks before the exam date, to the course instructor, who will verify their compliance with the university guidelines and may request modifications.

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