Organic Chemical Technology
The course is concerned with the chemical processing of carbon-based (organic) raw materials into useful and profitable products. The products are used both as consumer goods and as intermediates for further chemical and physical modification to yield consumer products. It emphasizes chemical conversions or reactions that are applicable to industrial processing. In essence, it considers the basic chemistry of the raw materials along with some discussion of the equipment in which reactions take place. Consideration is also given to the costs of reaction materials, energy consumption in the process and the effect of efficiency. Throughout the course there is extensive use of flow sheets to demonstrate in simple terms, how transformation of the raw materials takes place.
This course is intended
- To enable students appreciate the enormous contribution of the chemical industry to our lives.
- To introduce to students how the basic chemistry of materials is utilised in down stream processing in order to produce consumer products.
- To highlight the major factors that are important in industrial processing and how they are interlinked.
- To introduce to students some of the major organic based industries.