Course detail

Building Chemistry

FAST-BC001Acad. year: 2023/2024

Select chapters of basic and physical chemistry, chemical bonds, kinetics of chemical reactions, thermochemistry, phase balances, dispersion systems, dissociation, pH value, hydrolysis, and electrochemistry.
Natural and secondary raw materials for building industry. Chemistry of glass. Air and hydraulic binders, production, chemical properties, setting and hardening. Corrosion of hardened binders and aggregates in the composite materials.
Chemical properties of other building materials, their degradation and protection.
Chemical and electrochemical properties of metals, their corrosion and protection.
Chemical properties of water, waste water, water for concrete production and impact water. Atmosphere, and air pollution.
Selected chapters of organic chemistry. Chemical composition and properties of wood, bitumen, carbon polymers and silicones.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Chemistry (CHE)

Entry knowledge

Atomic structure of the elements, periodic table, basic chemical laws, inorganic terminology, simple stoichiometric calculations, basic terms of organic chemistry, an overview of the hydrocarbons and their derivates, principals of organic compounds nomenclature

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Students will be evaluated on the basis of a written theory test, which will consist of 4 questions of 20 points each and recalculated credit points (max. 20 points). The limit for successfully completing the exam is 50 points (50%), of which min. 40 points must be from theory. The overall assessment corresponds to the ECTS system.

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


The selected chapters of general and physical chemistry that are in relation to the chemistry of building materials.
Chemistry of inorganic and organic building materials, their chemical composition, processes of the formation of solid structure and the chemical corrosion processes.

Student gets the aim of subject under control, i. e. the selected chapters of general, physical, inorganic and organic chemistry that are in relation to the chemistry of building materials and to the chemistry of water.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Not applicable.

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-P-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch VS , 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

  • Programme B-K-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch VS , 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Composition of nucleous, isotopes, radioactivity. 2. Atomic structure, quantum numbers, Pauli Principle, Aufbau Principle, Hund’s rule, periodic trends in atomic properties, periodic table. 3. Atomic masses, the mole, molecular weight, chemical equations, stoichiometry, chemical bonds. 4. Chemical kinetics, reaction rates, activated complex, catalysis. Thermochemistry, Hess’s and Lavoasier’s laws. Phase equilibriums, gases, liquids, solids, and crystallography. 5. Dispersion orders - gels, suspensions, aerosols, emulsion, colloids, water solutions, and tezides. 6. The properties of chosen inorganic compounds of carbon, silicon. 7. Chemical composition and properties of natural and secondary raw materials. Production, composition and chemical properties of lime, gypsum plaster, Sorel binder. 8. Production, chemical properties and composition of hydraulic binders – Portland cement, hydraulic lime and high alumina cement. Chemistry and degradation of glass. 9. Corrosion of binders, protection against degradation processes. 10. Electrochemistry, galvanic cells, standard reduction potentials, electrolysis, metals and metal corrosion. 11. Chemistry of water and atmosphere. 12. Chemical composition of wood and deterioration of timber structures. Chemical properties of bitumen, chemical durability. 13. Composition of polymers based on the carbon chain, their chemical stability. Composition and properties of silicones, chemical durability.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Information regardeing laboratory session 2. Acids 3. Bases 4. Neutralization and hydrolysis of slts 5. Oxidation and reduction 6. Lime, plaster of Paris 7. Cements 8. Other building materials 9. Water 10. Water in consuption and the environment 11. Metals 12. Properties of selected organic compounds 13. Final test