TERM:2019-20 Fall
COURSE TITLE: Industrial Chemistry
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Leah Martin-Visscher
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 1.5 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the major industrial chemical processes and chemicals. Emphasis will be given to processes and chemicals important in western Canada such as: heavy inorganic chemicals, petrochemical, forestry, agricultural, metallurgical, electronics and polymer industries. Resource persons from industrial research and development departments will participate extensively in the course and field trips to various facilities will be included.

Prerequisites: CHEM 351
COURSE MATERIALS:No text book is assigned for this course.  The course will make heavy use of online materials, select readings from print sources, and the experience of guests.
Seminar participation15%
Final Exam20%
LEARNING OUTCOMES:A. Depth and Breadth of Knowledge
1.  Describe how the developments in Chemistry are rooted in historical and societal contexts and in which ways these contexts have influenced how, when, and why advances were made
2.  List important industrial chemicals and explain their historical and/or current importance
3.  Provide examples of processes used in the chemical industry to obtain compounds on an industrial scale.
4.  Apply theoretical knowledge of chemical processes to industrial scale chemistry
5.  Describethe interconnectedness of chemical industries
B. Knowledge of Methodologies
1.  Describe how chemical reactions, when performed on industrial scale, differ from reactions done in the lab, and list the various processes used by industry to control these reactions
2.  Describe the challenges faced by industry in terms of resource availability, economics, waste management, and process control.
C. Application of Knowledge
1.  Explain how chemistry has a very applied  side and what that means for chemistry as a science
2.  Draw connections between research level chemistry and industrial scale chemistry
D. Communication Skills
1.  Interact professionally with leaders in local chemical industries
2.  Prepare a detailed report and oral presentation in which you analyze, evaluate and critique a chemical company, profiling key aspects of its structure, history, and impact on society
3.  Develop and practice presentation skills - design a PowerPoint presentation, practice using appropriate communication technology, practice speaking professionally to colleagues
4.  Evaluate and critique the presentation of colleagues
E. Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge
1.  Critique and judge the role of a given chemical industry by describing and evaluating the positive and negative impacts of the industry
2.  Explain and evaluate current challenges to modern chemical industry, paying particular attention to how cultural, economic, and social structures have either changed the industry or dictated and limited its capabilities
3.  Explain the strengths and limitations of the current paradigm that informs industry's social responsibility, government regulation, and environmental activism
F. Maturity and Professional Capacity
1.  Discuss and debate the social responsibility that both chemists and the public have in the development of chemical industries
2.  Develop, articulate and defend a personal perspective that examines issues facing the chemical industry based on individual faith perspectives and experiences
3.  Explain and justify the ways in which a chemist can serve in various roles within the industry
4.  Visit and learn about key chemical industries in the Edmonton area
G. Respect and Appreciation for the Discipline
1.  Discover and describe the "history changing" power of chemistry
2.  Recognize the beauty in the diversity and magnitude of how chemistry is used in the industry
3.  Reflect upon and describe how you see the future of the industry and your role in that future
  • Introduction to industrial chemistry
  • Metallurgy
  • Salt
  • Sulfuric Acid
  • Alkali, soaps and cleaning products
  • Industrial gasses
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Explosives
  • Chlorine compounds
  • Dyes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nitrogen fixation and fertilizers
  • Petrochemicals
  • Coating adhesives and lacquers
  • Rubber
  • Polymers
  • Multiple uses of chemistry, responsible care, and corporate responsibility
  • Speaker - An overview of Chemical Industry in Alberta
  • Speaker - The Mining Industry in Canada
  • Tour - SBI Fine Chemicals
  • Tour - Praxair
  • Speaker - Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA)
  • Tour - Gilead
  • Tour - Syncrude Edmonton Research Centre
  • Tour - Celanese EVA Performance Polymers
  • Student Presentations

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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