Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The following topics will be covered: Environmental chemistry:

    ? Sources and effects of air, water and soil
    pollution with a case study of pollutants from different internal combustion engines

    ? Pollution cycles and remediation
    ? Sustainable / green chemistry

    ? Sustainable energy sourced from biomass feedstocks and solar power.

    ? The basis and tenets of green chemistry

    ? Solvents in green chemistry, Ionic Liquids, super critical CO2, water, solventless reactions.

    ? Fuel cells, energy storage in batteries, H2 storage.

    There will be 2 lectures / week and tutorials in weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12.
    The laboratory sessions (which will run every two weeks) will have experiments on

    (a) The production of biodiesel

    (b) A green
    chemistry approach to the Bromination of Stilbene

    (c) A colourometric measurement of nitrates in water

    (d) Preparation of Nickel complexes

    (e) Recycling of Ni complexes

    (f) Solid solid reactions / reactions in biphasic media.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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