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9.5 Option - Industrial Chemistry

Contextual Outline

Industry uses chemical reactions to produce chemicals for use by society. This module develops the ideas that some chemicals have been produced to replace naturally occurring chemicals that are no longer available or are not economically viable. The concepts of qualitative and quantitative equilibrium are further developed, as these are important processes in industry.

Industrial chemical processes cover the full range of reactions but concentration on some case studies is sufficient to illustrate the range of reactions and the role of chemists and chemical engineers involved in these processes. This allows some insight into the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the chemical industry and allows a consideration of the analytical processes and monitoring that is necessary for efficient production.

1. Industrial chemistry processes have enabled scientists to develop replacements for natural products

Students learn to:
  • discuss the issues associated with shrinking world resources with regard to one identified natural product, identifying the replacement materials used and/or current research in place to find a replacement for the named material
  • identify data, gather and process information from primary and/or secondary sources to identify and discuss the issues associated with the increased need for a named natural resource and evaluate the progress currently being made to solve the problems identified

This module is organised to tackle the syllabus in the following fashion.
The general issues associated with shrinking world resources are dealt with first:
This is followed by case studies identifying natural products, the research for new materials, and the replacement materials used:

Case Study 1 - Packaging
Plastic Packaging
Starch-Based Polymer
Case Study 2 - Ivory
Case Study 3 - Whales
Whale Products
Synthetic Materials

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