Green Chemistry

Module summary

Module code: CHEM1068
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Bruce Alexander

Specification

Aims

The aim of this unit is to examine the use of appropriate chemicals and chemical processes that help to reduce or eliminate negative environmental impacts.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Understand the fate and behaviour of chemicals and their interaction with humans and the environment
2. Appraise strategies for quantitative reaction and process evaluation in both an industrial and laboratory context
3. Evaluate contemporary industrial chemical syntheses and alternative synthetic approaches based upon the notion of environmental sustainability.

Indicative content

Chemical Behaviour in the Environment: Transport mechanisms and movement between environmental media; environmental chemical reactions; environmental modelling, pollution and waste management.

Risk Assessment: Safety regulations and the regulatory control of emissions to air water and land; risk assessment of the safety of industrial chemical processes; COSHH assessments.

Industrial synthesis: Introduction to contemporary chemical manufacturing processes; atom economy and waste; alternative feedstocks, solvents and processes; life cycle analysis, sustainability.

Materials & Low-carbon Energy: Use of materials for renewable fuels, rechargeable batteries, photocatalysis and hydrogen production, solar cells, an appraisal of the sustainability of the use of key materials.