Throughout the four modules that make up the first year you will look at chemical technology from different perspectives. During these modules you will also get to grips with the mathematics needed for this programme. All of this will provide you with the foundation you will need to solve technological problems. The projects you work on during your first year are directly related to the modules’ themes. Most lectures are for Chemical Engineering students only (there will be around 50 students in the first year). However, you will share some lectures – for example, on mathematics, and a number of lectures in the first and third modules – with students from other programmes.
In this first module chemistry takes centre stage. This module is an integrated module on the field of chemistry, and will help you gain basic knowledge, followed by a practical assignment and team project. For example, you will learn more about acids and bases, electronic structures, covalent bonds and different reactions. For the project, you and your team will tackle a challenging chemistry topic. These can range from energy drinks to rubbery materials and from chemistry to sustainability. Watch the project video below that some of our students made during their project.
The second module is all about process technology. You and your classmates will learn all about thermodynamics and thermodynamic cycles. For the project, you will be challenged to use recycling to design a suitable reactor for your own process, along with the first separation stage. The volume of the recycle stream is one of the design variables. Minimal use of raw materials and energy is an important design criterion. During your practical assignment you will also come across reactor types and distillations.
In order to predict how materials and their properties will behave, you need to know more about the material's atoms and atom structure. The central theme in the third module is the relationship between materials' properties and atom structure; for example, the link between transparency and atom positioning. On top of that you will learn about quantum mechanics and materials at molecular level, focusing especially on organic materials and polymers and conducting experiments in the laboratory. Your project will be a case study of the role of materials in new energy applications.
During the fourth module you will learn all about chemical equilibrium reactions, phase transitions and electrochemical processes. These issues play a crucial role in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and the food industry, among others; they are used in manufacturing and purification processes and in the analysis of material composition. The theoretical part of Analytical Chemistry will give you an overview of the modern spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques used in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of molecules and molecular mixtures. You will put what you've learned in Analytical Chemistry into practice by carrying out various tests., using the aforementioned techniques as well as techniques related to equilibrium processes.
In the second year of this programme, you will continue broadening and deepening your solid foundation of knowledge and skills. As in the first year, you will carry out a team project linked to each module's theme.