Postgraduate course

Industrial Organic Chemistry

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeKJEM336
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction

Irregular. The course runs only if enough students enrol.

Objectives and Content

The main purpose of the course is to give the students insight into the chemical process industry, with focus on the organic fine chemicals industry. Special attention is given to which products are being produced and how they are produced today. Furthermore, the course will give the students an introduction regarding how processes are scaled up from the laboratory scale to commercial scale, with special attention to the selection of the optimal synthetic route for scale-up, in addition to the selection of reagents, taking into consideration the various aspects of Health, Environment and Safety assessments. The course will also give the students insight into how process economic calculations are performed, especially the calculation of investment cost and production cost, in addition to simple cash flow analyses. As part of the course, the students will work on a project task, which will be discussed at the final oral exam.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM336 the student will be able to:

  • describe chemical process industry, especially industrial organic chemicals industry as it is practiced in organic fine chemical production today.
  • outline how chemical processes are scaled up from laboratory scale through pilot scale to commercial large-scale production.
  • do initial investment- and production estimates for certain chemical processes.
  • perform profitability calculations of chemical processes and projects.

Required Previous Knowledge

KJEM110, KJEM130, KJEM131 or equivalent. Basic priniples of general, organic and inorganic chemistry.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM110, KJEM130, KJEM131 or equivalent. Basic priniples of general, organic and inorganic chemistry.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved project report.

Forms of Assessment

The final grade is based upon project (50%) and oral exam (50%).

Supplementary exam-regulations:

1. The project is valid for one following semester.

2. In semesters with teaching:

a. All students must participate in the portfolio assessment

3. In semesters without teaching:

a. Students with approved project from previous semester take the final exam, which then will account for 50% of the grade. The last 50% of the grade is accounted for by the project from the previous semester.

b. Students without approved project from the previous semester can not take exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Semester thesis and one oral exam

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