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CHEM5820M Green Chemistry and Sustainable Processes

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Prof Steve Marsden

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in engineering, environmental science, physical science or mathematics discipline


CHEM5012MFoundations of Chemistry - Coursework

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The aim of this module is to provide students with basic and practical knowledge of the principles of Green Chemistry, and how they apply to different industry, from energy (carbon dioxide sequestration and utilisation) to commodity, specialty and high value chemical manufacturing. Students will have opportunities to practice and develop their understanding of the topics through workshops and case studies.


The module will provide students with:
• an understanding of the twelve principles of green chemistry
• common green metrics and their context/limitations
• current sustainability limitations of chemical manufacturing and chemical feedstock
• practical aspects and current technology for carbon dioxide sequestration
• role of catalysis in green chemistry
• sustainable chemical processes from a holistic point of view

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Explain the principles of green chemistry, through examples in different chemical sectors
2. Calculate green metrics to compare the sustainability of chemical processes
3. Scrutinise a chemical process and critique the carbon footprint of feedstock, efficiency of workup/purification and its environmental impact.
4. Analyse and apply carbon dioxide sequestration technologies to CO2 producing chemical processes

Skills Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module, students will have:
5. Applied system thinking when assessing the sustainability of chemical processes.
6. Applied critical thinking to analyse and evaluate published chemical processes in group.
7. Practiced presentation skills in a video-captured group presentation.


Students will be introduced to topics underpinning Green Chemistry including: principles of Green Chemistry;
1) sustainable chemical feedstock;
2) carbon dioxide sequestration and utilisation;
3) sustainable catalysis;
4) green solvents;
5) green metrics for chemical processes, and;
6) holistic approaches to sustainable chemical process design.

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

2 x Coursework
1 x Group Presentation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours16.00
Private study hours106.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Written formative feedback will be provided on a short written exercise early in the course. They will also be provided with verbal feedback during the two workshops.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 01/05/2024


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