617-0408/02 – Coal Chemistry (CHU)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of ChemistryCredits6
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2012/2013Year of cancellation2016/2017
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
KOU37 Mgr. Ivan Koutník, Ph.D.
PAN37 doc. Ing. Petr Pánek, CSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+3

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Providing information on current views on the origin and composition of coal, principles of coal technologies and clarifying the importance of coal to modern society.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


Structure and origin of coal, coalification process, properties, coal utilization and its environmental aspects. Regular instruction in Czech. Individual consulting and examination may be taken in English.

Compulsory literature:

1) Berkowitz,N.: An introduction to coal technology. Academic Press 1994

Recommended literature:

1) Speight,J.G.: Handbook of Coal Analysis.Wiley- Interscience 2005 2) Berkowitz,N.: An introduction to coal technology. Academic Press 1994

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester


Other requirements

There are no additional requirements for students.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1.Introduction to the chemistry of coal. Chemistry of carbon. A brief outline of the history of coal exploitation. Coal, its current status and the future in the global economy. 2. Origin of coal. Major world resources. Extraction of coal in CR. 3 Coal as a heterogeneous macromolecular system. Texture and chemical structure of coal. 4.Modern methods of investigation of the organic part in coal. Models of the coal macromolecule. 5 Mineral parts of coal, their origin and methods of study. Trace elements and water in coal. 6 Coal petrography and methods of its determination. 7 Relationship between properties and rank. Proximate and ultimate analysis of coal. Classification of coals. 8 Coal bed methane (CBM), its extraction and utilization 9 The behavior of coal during its pyrolysis. Interaction with oxygen, combustion and self-combustion. 10 Coking process. Properties of coke for blast furnace process. Coal tar, its composition, properties and processing procedures (current status and perspectives). 11 Gasification of coal. Industrial applications and perspectives. C1- chemistry. 12 The interaction of coal with solvents. Coal Liquefaction. 13 Co-processes.Co-gasification and co-liquefaction of coal with organic waste. 14 Prospects for the use of coal as a chemical feedstock. Crisis of crude oil.Ecological and economic aspects of coal utilization. Coal and bioetechnology. Laboratory: 1. Introduction and safety work in the laboratory. 2. Proximate analysis of coal (moisture, ash, volatile matter) 3. Determination of thermoplastic properties of coal (free swelling test, Roga test, Gieseler Plastometer test, dilatometry) 4. Determination of density and water content 5. Petrographic analysis (combined maceral and microlithotype analysis, reflectance measurements) 6.Termogravimetric analysis 7 Determination of heating value of coal 8 Determination of swelling properties of coal 9 Isolation of humic substances from low rank coal 10 Characterization of humic substances (elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, VPO) 11 Isolation of maltenes from coal extract. 12 Chromatographic fractination of maltenes using SARA -method (elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, VPO) 13 Excursion to the coking plant (coal service) 14 Excursion to the department for testing of coal dust explosibility (spontaneous combustion and explosibility)

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2012/2013 Summer semester, validity until: 2016/2017 Summer semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of points
Exercises evaluation and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Exercises evaluation Credit 30  16
        Examination Examination 70 (70) 35
                Written examination Written examination 30  15
                Oral examination Oral examination 40  20
Mandatory attendence parzicipation:

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2015/2016 (B3909) Process Engineering (2811R002) Fuel Chemistry and Technology P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2014/2015 (B3909) Process Engineering (2811R002) Fuel Chemistry and Technology P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2013/2014 (B3909) Process Engineering (2811R002) Fuel Chemistry and Technology P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan
2012/2013 (B3909) Process Engineering (2811R002) Fuel Chemistry and Technology P Czech Ostrava 3 Compulsory study plan

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