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CH40221: Sustainable chemistry in context

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 80%)
  • Presentation (OR 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment exam (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must (take CH20147 or take CH20148) and (take CH20149 or take CH20150) and (take CH20151 or take CH20152) and in taking this unit you cannot take CH30221
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aims of this optional unit are to introduce concepts around the idea of sustainable chemistry including the 12 tenets of green chemistry, the environmental impact of chemical processes as well as some examples of sustainable chemistry including the development of sustainable solvents, their uses as well as examples of industrial processes. The students will have to analyse data and draw conclusions regarding the "greenness" of processes.

Learning Outcomes:

* Describe and evaluate the 12 tenets of green chemistry.
* Explain and critically evaluate the environmental impact of chemical processes including description of lifecycle analysis.
* Describe some common "green" solvents such as ionic liquids and supercritical fluids including their properties, structure etc, and some examples of their uses and relative advantages.
* Describe and critically evaluate some examples of catalysis in industry.
* Describe and critically evaluate current trends in sustainable chemistry. Appreciate the areas in the field that are progressing.

Problem solving (T, F, A), Team working (F, A) Oral communication (F, A).

General principles of sustainable/green chemistry
Lifecycle assessment.
Green solvents including supercritical fluids and ionic liquids ¿ their fundamental nature as well as examples of their use with reference to thermodynamic and kinetic features
Atom economy
Catalysis in industry
Case studies from the literature - PLA, Ethanol and lignin.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40221 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AAM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AAM06 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 5)
  • RSCH-AFM03 : Integrated PhD in Chemistry
  • TSCH-AFM01 : MRes Chemistry

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.