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Undergraduate Course: Sustainable Chemistry Level 11 (CHEM11025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA lecture course covering an introduction to the principles of Green or Sustainable Chemistry, including the impact that the chemical industry has on human health and the environment, sustainable approaches to resource extraction and utilisation, and the role that catalysts can play in pollution control and increasing feedstock and energy efficiency. The course comprises individual lecture courses on the five topics.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Sustainable Chemistry Level 10 (CHEM10023)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade C or higher in all Chemistry 3 courses AND a weighted average of Grade D or higher in Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, at the first attempt; or with the permission of Head of School.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show the ability to integrate all or most of the understanding of the principal concepts of ┬┐Green Chemistry┬┐ and show an awareness of current issues.
  2. Apply this integrated knowledge in a "systems engineering" approach to the design of new products and processes and an appreciation of how this is being implemented in various industrial sectors in response to a combination of diminishing resources as well as economic and political pressures.
  3. Critically review current resources, routes and production of chemicals (either large scale intermediates or fine chemicals) and demonstrate an ability to analyse or assess complex problems based on diverse, or limited, datasets.
  4. Interpret and use a wide range of numerical, graphical and schematic data and communicate this effectively.
  5. Show an appreciation of complex ethical, economical and professional issues related to the production of chemicals in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices.
Reading List
The sets of slides of all individual lecture courses will be made available to students by the lecturers in advance.
General text (Reserve; Darwin Library):
Green Chemistry - An Introductory text, M. Lancaster, RSC, 2002. ISBN 0-85404-620-8
Primary literature Resources:
Accounts of Chemical Research, 2002, 35(9), 695-705.
Journal of Molecular Catalysis: Part A, 2002, 182-183, 419-437.
Green Chemistry, 2005, 7(5), 267-278.
Green Chemistry, 1999, 1(1), 1-8.
Chemical Communications, 2008, (29), 3352-3365.
Catalysis Today, 2000, 55(1-2), 11-22.
Chemical Reviews, 2004, 104(12), 6147-6176.
US-DOE report, August 2004 (
Further recommended reading will be provided by the individual lecturers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Numerical, graphical and schematic data analysis and processing skills.
Note-taking skills in lectures
Making informed judgements on complex issues based on science, economy and ethics.
Additional Class Delivery Information 30 hours lectures + 6 hours tutorials, at times arranged.
Course organiserDr Murray Low
Tel: (0131 6)50 4766
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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