Why study Applied Chemistry & Molecular Engineering?
Engineering has evolved and many emerging fields in healthcare, environment, energy and materials now relate to the molecular scale. This minor will widen and deepen existing knowledge of A-level Chemistry or equivalent and provide a base to develop advanced chemistry concepts relevant to so many challenges of future engineering. Particular emphasis is drawn on revealing links between fundamental knowledge and engineering practice.
What will you learn?
On completion of this minor, you should be able to:
- Understand core aspects of applied chemistry relevant to engineering, including electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry.
- Relate molecular structure to physical properties in a multitude of examples of engineering relevance (e.g. radical chemistry with alkenes, aromatic compounds in optoelectronic devices, molecular sensors in biomedicine).
- Link fundamental chemical processes to engineering practice (e.g. oxidation and reduction in electrochemical applications such as batteries, fuel cells; industrial synthesis – from crude oil and other raw materials to specialty chemical materials).
- Understand the relationship between molecular design motifs, supramolecular assembly and system functionality in various biomedical, environmental and energy devices.
- Grasp current research topics in molecular engineering with relevance to healthcare, environment, energy and materials.
Module 1 (Year 2, Term 2) – Inorganic Chemistry for Engineers
Learn the fundamentals of inorganic chemistry, including chemical element properties, atoms, molecules, acid-base reactions, oxidation and reduction, with emphasis on practical applications such as ammonia synthesis and sulfuric acid production.
Module 2 (Year 3, Term 1) – Organic Chemistry for Engineers
Relate molecular structure of organic compounds to physical properties in a multitude of examples of engineering relevance and understand complex transformation processes for the production of drugs, specialty chemicals and high performance materials.
Module 3 (Year 3, Term 2) – From Molecules to Molecular Engineering
Build an understanding of macromolecules and how smart molecular design and assembly can provide material systems with unprecedented control over the resulting nanoscopic architecture and functionality.
Students who do NOT have A-level Chemistry or equivalent.
Dr Stefan Guldin
Dept Chemical Engineering
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