529-0052-00L  Concepts and Tools for Sustainable Chemicals Manufacture

SemesterSpring Semester 2023
LecturersS. J. Mitchell, G. Guillén Gosálbez, J. Pérez-Ramírez
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


529-0052-00 GConcepts and Tools for Sustainable Chemicals Manufacture2 hrs
Wed13:45-15:30HCI H 2.1 »
S. J. Mitchell, G. Guillén Gosálbez, J. Pérez-Ramírez

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AbstractSustainable chemistry embodies the design and efficient manufacture of chemicals from abundant and renewable raw materials using routes that minimize energy requirements, avoid damaging the environment and human health, and are economically viable. It is a powerful tool to help society achieve several of the Sustainable Development Goals identified by the United Nations.
ObjectiveThis course introduces tools to design and evaluate sustainable routes for chemicals and materials manufacture. You will understand approaches to process design and optimization, from the molecular to the planet level, and learn the fundamentals of sustainable chemistry.
Content- Introduction to green versus sustainable chemistry
- Sustainability dimensions and metrics
- Corporate sustainability, economics, and policy
- Renewable energy conversions
- Alternative carbon sources for chemicals
- Other resources including precious metals and solvents
- Chemistry of recycling
- Chemical fate and toxicological effects
- Industrial view
Each topic will be presented by a lecturer or guest speaker with relevant expertise.
Lecture notesCourse content based on slides
LiteratureKlöpffer, W., Grahl, B. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): A Guide to Best Practice, Wiley (2014)
Prerequisites / NoticeNo special knowledge beyond the undergraduate curriculum in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Students wishing to attend the course from other backgrounds should contact the lecturers to discuss the fit.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersJ. Pérez-Ramírez, G. Guillén Gosálbez, S. J. Mitchell
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 60 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe exam will account for 70% of the grade. The exercise will account for the remainder of the grade. Completion of the exercise is required to attend the exam.
Written aidsNone
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