Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: MBIO1. Course coordinator: Eva Nordberg-Karlsson,, Bioteknik. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 5. The number of participants is limited to 30 Assessment: Obligatory presence during lectures (at least 50 %). Obligatory seminars and site visits. Written exam, and literature review presented orally and as a written report. Further information: The course is also given as an independent course TNK280. Home page:

What is “Green Chemistry”? – are “Green Chemicals” more environmental friendly?

Can Biotechnology (enzymes, microorganisms)be utilized and developed to create more environmental friendly chemicals or chemical industry ?

If you are interested in these issues, this course will provide you with information on production/use of chemicals from a sustainable perspective, by giving knowledge in “Green chemistry” and “Green chemistry-principles” and their use in practice. The role of Biotechnology in creating more environmental friendly chemical industry will be discussed.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- understand the principles for "Green chemistry"

- have knowledge on the potential of biotechnology in "Green Chemistry"

- have insights in possible effects of chemicals/ chemical processes on the environment

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

- review a selected topic that can be classified as "Green Chemistry" in a written report

- present a green chemistry topic in an oral seminar and make slides for the presentation

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

- be able to analyse and present conclusions from written material in the topic.

- be able to question / formulate questions on "green chemistry" issues

The course is composed of lectures (late afternoon / early evening), a literature study, seminars, and site-visits.

Lecture themes:

Green Chemistry- Concepts and principles, Biotech/chemical Processes - Green processes, rules/recommendations using chemicals, Raw materials, Waste / Waste handling, Catalysis / Biocatalysis, Choice of solvents, Industrial "white" biotechnology, Biorefining processes / The Greenchem-program, Biobased production of energy carriers, Process assessment (LCA)/Product evaluation (biodegradation/tox.analysis), Chemistry and sustainable development

Lancaster, Mike (2002) Green chemistry: an introductory text. Cambridge Royal Society of Chemistry.
Compendia/material handed out during the course