Module Details

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Title CHEM284 - Chemistry for Sustainable Technologies
Code CHEM284
Coordinator Prof JA Lopez-Sanchez
Chemistry
J.Lopez-Sanchez@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 7.5

Pre-requisites before taking this module (or general academic requirements):

 

Aims

• To explain the concepts and terminology of sustainability and sustainable development.
• To highlight the role of science and technology in working towards sustainable development.
• To illustrate the central role of metrics in the critical and comparative assessment of the efficiency and impact of chemical technologies.
• To exemplify new approaches to chemistry in the development of more sustainable chemical technologies.
• To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the principles of Green Chemistry and a fundamental knowledge in new technologies for the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basic terminology of sustainable development and 'green' chemistry

(LO2) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the non-rigorous nature of this terminology and its consequences

(LO3) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of 'green' chemistry

(LO4) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of catalysis in developing sustainable chemical technologies and the challenges associated with their implementation

(LO5) Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the basics of new technologies in the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module consists of 17 lectures (50 minutes) to be complemented by one revision lecture at the end of term.  Students should expect to spend at least eight hours in the completion of the assignment and a further four hours per week in private study related to this module.


Syllabus

 

1. Sustainability and Sustainable Development: Concepts, Perspectives, Priorities and Implications.
2. Carrying Capacity, the ‘Master’ Equation and the Principles of Green Chemistry.
3. Reaction Metrics in Chemistry and Chemical Technology.
4. Process Metrics in Chemistry and Chemical Technology.
5. Process Metrics and Life Cycle Analysis.
6. BASF Eco-Efficiency Analysis and the Principles of Green Engineering.
7. Chemistry of the Environment; Climate Change and Global warming I.
8. Chemistry of the Environment; Climate Change and Global warming II.
9. Catalysis in Green Chemistry: Definitions and Performance Metrics I.
10. Catalysis in Green Chemistry: Definitions and Performance Metrics II.
11. Catalysis in Green Chemistry: Examples of the Use of Catalysis for Waste Minimisation.
12. Biomass as a Renewable Source for Chemicals and Fuels.
13. Biofuels.
14. Renewable Chemicals from Biomass.
15. Energy Production Technologies and GHF Emissions.
16. Renewable Energy and Electrochemical Conversion of Energy.
17. Emerging Greener Technologies: Supercritical Fluids, GXL, Photochemical, Microwave and Sonochemical Reactions.


Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 18

          18
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 57
TOTAL HOURS 75

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Formal Examination  90 minutes    80       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
extended problem solving assignment      20