Industrial Chemistry

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Industrial Chemistry

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit focuses on technologies central to the modern chemical industry such as catalysis and zeolites.  Catalysts are used in the manufacture of 90 % of all chemicals produced in the world today.  As such, students will be introduced to the basic theories of catalysis and surface science.  These theories will then be expanded into industrial practice by discussion of real world industries such as methanol, ammonia, formaldehyde and nitric acid synthesis.  The drive towards the implementation of green chemistry will also be shown and the translation of "old chemistry" into modern sustainable processes illustrated.

    Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this unit you should:
    1.    Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying principles and unit operations relevant to major chemical industries. 
    2.    Understand the relationship between chemical theory and actual industrial practice.
    3.    Solve complex industrial chemistry problems by laterally thinking of innovative solutions.
    4.    Communicate effectively to your peers information relating to the chemical industry, research data and corporate strategy.


    The content of this unit relates to modern industrial Chemistry which is concerned primarily with making processes more competitive, environmentally friendly (green chemistry) and how to cope with the imminent demise of oil and natural gas as chemical feedstocks.
    Enabling Technologies
    ·    This part of the unit focuses on the key technologies which facilitate green chemistry outcomes:
    ·    Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis
    ·    Industrial biotechnology
    ·    Membrane science
    ·    Waste minimisation and waste treatment 
    Field Trips to Major Industrial Installations
    This part of the unit concentrates on bridging the gap between theory and actual industrial application of the chemical principles you have learned. Visits will be made to major chemical industries

    Poster Presentation
    This component is designed to allow you to communicate effectively your knowledge of industrial chemistry. Key learning aspects include: assimilation of relevant data; critical evaluation to determine the key points; effective presentation; ability to discuss content and display deep understanding of the topic.

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