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CH50181: Catalysis and sustainability

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
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: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • COURSEWORK (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of how catalysis can provide lower cost, less energy-consuming and more environmentally-friendly processes both on an industrial and laboratory scale.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will have an appreciation of the major industrial processes that use catalysis for sustainable processes, with particular emphasis on the synthesis of pharmaceuticals. The principles of atom economy will be understood, and a recognition of how this is important in multi-step reaction pathways.

Students will be able to analyse reactions for their usefulness as sustainable processes and suggest improvements to synthetic routes which involve expensive or environmentally-damaging reagents or procedures.

There will be a broad content covering the fundamental concepts of catalysis and the properties of a catalyst that allow reactions to be performed under milder conditions. Transition metal catalysed reactions which have become of recent importance in the pharmaceutical industry along with emerging areas will be covered. A comparison with biological catalysts, organocatalysts and non-transition metal catalysts will be made.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH50181 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
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