Concepts of Green Chemistry

Concepts of Green Chemistry (compulsory module)

Standard workload: 6.0 ECTS

Learning Outcomes:

Professional and methodological skills: Clean green technologies as well as innovations in the field of chemistry are learned using the 12 principles of Green Chemistry and key metrics (Green Chemistry Metrics) to assess sustainability.
Cognitive and practical skills: Upon completion of the module, students will be able to evaluate whether a chemical transformation can be classified as environmentally friendly and sustainable, or which parameters need to be optimized in order to achieve this.
Social skills and personal skills: Students are aware of the social, ecological and economic dimensions and responsibility of the profession of chemist.
Content: Principles of Green Chemistry (waste reduction, atom economy, non-hazardous syntheses, safe chemicals and solvents, minimal energy consumption, renewable energy consumption, renewable raw materials, simple chemistry, catalysis, degradability, real-time analysis, and accident prevention), green chemistry metrics to assess sustainability, legal and regulatory framework of chemical law and approval. Current trends, developments and innovations in sustainable chemistry from academic and industrial research.

Required previous knowledge:

Technical and methodical skills: Fundamentals of chemistry (reaction equations, organic and inorganic chemistry, principles of catalysis).
Cognitive and practical skills: Stoichiometry, i.e. setting up and calculating chemical equations.
Social skills and personal skills: Ability to work in a team for joint learning in an international environment, critical examination of current problems in chemistry.
Mandatory Requirements: None.

Courses of the module:

The following courses are mandatory:

  • 3.0/2.0 VO Green Chemistry (TUW)
  • 3.0/2.0 VO Green Chemistry: Recent Trends and Innovations (TUW, together with BOKU, UniW)