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Module

CME1020 : Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Paul Christensen
  • Lecturer: Professor Jarka Glassey, Dr Marloes Peeters
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 13
Semester 2 Credit Value: 12
ECTS Credits: 13.0

Aims

This module will provide students with necessary knowledge and practical skills in various areas of chemistry/biochemistry required for chemical engineering.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic physical chemistry: intermolecular forces. Basic organic chemistry concepts: functional groups amino acids, aldehydes, ketones, lipids, nucleotides – some heterocycles etc. Basic organic reaction mechanisms. Kinetics: 0, 1st and 2nd order, Arrhenius and catalysis. Basic adsorption isotherms (Langmuir, BET) Applied catalysis: one or more case studies (to lead into mechanisms and link to kinetics and thermodynamics) from Chlor-alkali production, Reforming, Biodiesel production, carbohydrate biorefining specifically sugar to fuel and ammonia synthesis.

Basic analytical chemistry: UV Vis spectroscopy (including Beer-Lambert Law), and gas chromatography. Acids and bases, pH, buffers, indicators and pH titrations.

Introduction to biotechnology. Biological diversity and cell classification. Cell structure (chemical composition, organelles). Enzyme classification and kinetics. Immobilised enzymes. Metabolic pathways. Cell reproduction.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable