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COURSE TITLE: Industrial Chemistry
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.  Understand that the developments in Chemistry are rooted in historical and societal contexts that greatly  influence how, when, and why advances are made
2.  List various important industrial chemicals and their role in the industry both historically and in the present day
3.  Provide examples of processes used in the chemical industry to obtain compounds on an industrial scale and connect theories and ideas from other courses to these
4.  Understand the interconnectedness of chemical industries
B. Knowledge of Methodologies
1.  Understand how chemical reactions are performed on the industrial scale and how industry controls reactions
2.  Appreciate the challenges faced by the industry in terms of scale up, waste management, and process control
C. Application of Knowledge
1.  Appreciate how chemistry has a very applied side and what that means for chemistry as a science
2.  Connect research level chemistry to industrial scale chemistry  
D. Communication Skills
1.  Present oneself to and interact professionally with leaders in the Edmonton area chemical industry
2.  Ask questions of industrial experts in a professional way
3.  Write a detailed report on a company, profiling key aspects of its structure, history, and impact on society
4.  Present a company profile in class
E. Awareness of the Limits of Knowledge
1.  Struggle with the benefits and trouble that industrial scale chemistry brings and how we are unable to have the benefits without the troubles
2.  Be aware of the challenges facing the modern chemical industry and how these relate to historical changes in the industry, specifically identifying how cultural, economic, and social structures dictate the industry and limit it
3.  Understand the strengths and limitations of the current paradigm for industry social responsibility, government regulation, and environmental activism.
F. Maturity and Professional Capacity
1.  Comprehend the social responsibility of chemists and society for the use and development of chemistry and the industry
2.  Articulate a well thought out personal perspective on issues facing the chemical industry based on individual faith perspectives and experiences.
3.  Envision ways in which a chemist can serve in various roles within the industry.
4.  Be exposed to key industries in the Edmonton area.
G. Respect and Appreciation for the Discipline
1.  Be amazed at the history changing power of chemistry
2.  Find beauty in the diversity and magnitude of how chemistry is used in the industry
3.  Be excited and cautious about 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
  • Nitrogen fixation and fertilizers
  • Coating adhesives and lacquers
  • Petrochemicals
  • Rubber
  • Polymers
  • Multiple uses of chemistry, responsible care, and corporate responsibility
  • Highlighting chemical companies
  • Tour - Celanese
  • Wendy Lam - Business of chemistry
  • Faculty Colloquium
  • Kathy Jensen - ACPA
  • Lyle Trytten - Sherritt
  • Zhongxin Zhou - Gilead
  • Kelvin Unruh - Schlumberger
  • Tour - SBI
  • Tour - Syncrude

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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