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CHEM2522: Sustainable Chemical Manufacture

Modern society is reliant on manufactured chemicals to meet our everyday needs in food production, medicines, clothing and technological applications. Traditional approaches to building molecules have largely ignored the detrimental environmental impacts of the manufacturing processes, but this has changed. In this unit you will study contemporary methods used to create life-changing molecules, from pharmaceuticals and bulk chemicals to polymers in the context of the environmental impact of chemical manufacture and the challenges of ensuring both sustainability of source materials and sustainability of waste treatment. You will gain an understanding of the principles and practices of chemical manufacture, the application of catalytic processes, and the methods used to tailor molecular properties, including the spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques of chemical analysis. In this unit you will address the general issues of renewable and non-renewable resources and waste recycling. By doing this unit you will develop an integrated understanding of the challenges of sustainable chemical manufacture and the fundamental basis for continued study in the topics of organic synthesis, environmental chemistry, polymer science and industrial processes. These same lectures are also covered in CHEM2532 Concepts in Sustainable Chemical Manufacture but with the laboratory program replaced by a series of classroom workshops and assignments.

Code CHEM2522
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
(CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1001) and (CHEM1112 or CHEM1912 or CHEM1992 or CHEM1012 or CHEM1102 or CHEM1902 or CHEM1904 or CHEM1002)
CHEM2922 or CHEM2532 or CHEM2404

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and apply knowledge of organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, environmental impact and waste treatment.
  • LO2. work safely and competently in a chemical laboratory.
  • LO3. communicate scientific information and laboratory findings effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual etc.) for a variety of audiences.
  • LO4. recognise the impact of sustainable chemical manufacture beyond the discipline of chemistry and articulate the social value of this subject.
  • LO5. evaluate and critically interpret chemical data to resolve chemical questions and advance chemical inquiry in the context of sustainable chemical manufacture
  • LO6. work collaboratively and responsibly in data collection, analysis and communication.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.