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CHEM2532: Concepts in 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. Concepts in Sustainable Chemical Manufacture covers the same lecture material as CHEM2522/2922 but does not involve laboratory classes. Instead, students will undertake a series of workshop exercises aimed at exploring the broader impact of chemical innovation on technology and society. This unit does not represent a prerequisite for any of the 3000-level lab-based Chemistry units.

Code CHEM2532
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
CHEM1111 or CHEM1911 or CHEM1991 or CHEM1101 or CHEM1901 or CHEM1903 or CHEM1011 or CHEM1001
CHEM2522 or CHEM2922 or CHEM2404 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2533 or CHEM2534

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

  • LO1. describe concepts of organic synthesis, polymer chemistry, environmental impact and waste treatment.
  • LO2. communicate scientific information and laboratory findings effectively using a range of modes (written, oral, visual etc.) for a variety of audiences.
  • LO3. recognise the impact of sustainable chemical manufacture to applications beyond the discipline of chemistry and articulate the social value of the subject.
  • LO4. evaluate and critically interpret chemical data to resolve chemical questions and advance chemical inquiry in the context of sustainable chemical manufacture.
  • LO5. work collaboratively and responsibly in data collection, analysis and communication.
  • LO6. assess the technical and social impact of chemistry innovations based on historical case studies.