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Application of Green Chemistry - CHE00002M

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Duncan MacQuarrie
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23 to Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims

Diminishing fossil resources, increasing oil prices and numerous other drivers are rapidly forcing society to seek new, sustainable sources of carbon for future chemicals,
energy and materials production. This module looks at the variables in this complex equation, from the design of a synthetic route, energy consumption, alterative
feedstocks and engineering methods for efficient chemical production.

Module learning outcomes

  • To use real examples to illustrate how the principles of green chemistry can be applied to chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • To study the changing trends in raw material utilisation and to understand the potential of alternative feedstocks.
  • To study engineering methods for improving process efficiencies
  • To calculate the mass and energy balance in a chemical production process
  • To learn about the importance of energy efficiency and the range of energy sources
  • To understand the role between energy pollution and climate change
  • To understand how biomass can be used as a feedstock for future production industries

Module content

Topics in this module:

  • Clean Synthesis
  • Chemical Engineering and Clean Technology
  • Energy Efficiency and Emerging Technologies
  • Renewable Resources


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 25
N/A 25
N/A 25
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 25

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students receive written feedback from each assessment

Indicative reading

General Background

Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text
M. Lancaster, Royal Society of Chemistry, Edition 3 2016, Print ISBN 978-1-78262-294-9, ePub eISBN 978-1-83916-294-7

Handbook of Green Chemistry, Green Processes, Designing Safer Chemicals
P. Anastas and P. Trevorrow, 2013, ISBN 3527326391

Green Chemistry Metrics: Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Processes
A. Lapkin and D. Constable, 2008, ISBN 9781405159685

Sustainable Solvents: Perspectives from Research, Business and International Policy (Green Chemistry Series)
J. H. Clark, A. Hunt, C. Topi, G. Paggiola and J. Sherwood, 2017, ISBN 1782623353

Sustainable Catalysis (Green Chemistry Series)
M. North, J.H. Clark, 2015, ISBN 1782620583

Alternative Energy Sources for Green Chemistry (Green Chemistry Series)
G. Stefanifis, A. Stankiewicz, J.H. Clark, A. de la Hoz, J. Fan, R. Mato Chain, J. Santamaria, 2016 ISBN 1782621407

Green Chemistry for Surface Coatings, Inks and Adhesives: Sustainable applications (Green Chemistry Series)
R. Höfer, A.S. Matharu, Z. Zhang. 2019, ISBN 9781782629948

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.