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 Outline – Inorganic Chemistry for Engineers

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 Outline – Organic Chemistry for Engineers

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.

Module Outline – From Molecules to Molecular Engineering


Students who do NOT have A-level Chemistry or equivalent.

Lead Academic

Dr Stefan Guldin
Dept Chemical Engineering
Email: ku.ca1547985953.lcu@1547985953nidlu1547985953g.s1547985953

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