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Module

CME2027 : Process Development Science and Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Katarina Novakovic
  • Lecturer: Dr Stevin Pramana
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of the module is to provide overview of the complexity of real chemical systems relevant to successful process development, i.e. conversion of research synthesis into a manufacturing process. The goal is to aid knowledge needed for evaluation of the effect of choices made in developing a synthesis route. Lectures will explain the logic and significance of critical thinking behind multidisciplinary approach required for successful chemical process development by focusing on major points where chemical and process engineering meet. The range of analytical methods and the complexities encountered in measurements and data generation will be shown.

Outline Of Syllabus

Science of process development: Elements required (synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical organic chemistry, chemical engineering, statistical design, physical science, material science, hazard studies); Route selection and measure of process complexity: number of phases, chemical complexity, physical and dynamic complexity; Atom efficiency; Pre-reaction equilibria; Competing reactions and options for influencing selectivity; Multiphase reactions, coupling of chemical and mass transfer rates; Scale up, phase characteristics, chemistry and physical interactions.

Analytical Methods for process/product characterisation: A variety of analytical methods and procedures for the analysis of feedstocks, process and products for selected processes will be discussed. Where appropriate the analysis of side reactions in the processes will be covered. Particularly, spectroscopy (including IR and Raman), separations using chromatography and atomic emission/absorption aspects will be discussed.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Online synchronous, timetabled session in teaching Week 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:3024:00Non-synchronous online (with structured guided learning); Pre-recorded material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Quiz style time-limited exam in Week 9
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Present in person or online synchronous, timetabled session in teaching Week 8
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:0015:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Review lecture material, complete tutorial sheets, revisions, and extended reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time71:007:00Online synchronous, timetabled sessions starting in teaching Week 2
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Combination of non-synchronous online guided learning to deliver lectures and synchronous online tutorials is appropriate for the module. The tutorial sessions provide an opportunity for the students to practice the numerical methods required for calculations as well as put taught content into a broader context of a chemical engineering discipline. Throughout the module, students are being prepared for the assessment and given opportunity to practice each of the elements assessed.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M100Quiz style exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The final exam tests the knowledge of the students on the concepts taught in the lectures.

Reading Lists

Timetable