2022 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry and Science

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Undergraduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yokoi Toshiyuki 
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Course description and aims

[Course description]
The instructor in this course will lecture on the role of Chemical Science and Technology for the Environment in order to solve modern environmental issues. The instructor will first explain the present and future of modern environmental issues, the natural environment, and resource energy. Building on that background, the instructor will explain a chemistry approach to environmental issues.
[Course aims] Encourage understanding of the following specific items.
1) Improving the natural environment, 2) Securing resources and energy, 3) Environmental chemistry and science approach (green chemistry) to material production, and 4) the appropriate role for chemistry in waste processing

Student learning outcomes

Students will acquire the following skills from taking this course.
1) The ability to understand modern environmental issues from a chemistry standpoint
2) The ability to understand the role of chemistry for solving environmental problems
3) The ability to propose solving techniques for environmental problems through a variety of chemistry approaches


Chemical Science and Technology for Environment, Resources, Energy

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

To check understanding of course content, students will do exercise problems on that day's content at the end of the class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Recent Environmental Issues Understand examples of recent environmental issues.
Class 2 Trends in Natural Environment, Resources, and Energy Gain knowledge for recent trends in natural environment, resources, and energy.
Class 3 Chemical Technologies for Protection of Natural Environment Understand chemical technologies for protection of natural environment.
Class 4 Chemical Approaches toward Environmental Issues (Overview) Understand the overview of chemical approaches to solve environmental issues.
Class 5 Reservation of Resources and Energy Understand the role of chemistry for reservation of resources and energy.
Class 6 Green Chemistry Gain knowledge for Green Chemistry for materials production.
Class 7 Waste Treatments and Recycle Understand the methods for waste treatment and recycle.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Makoto Misono, Modern Chemical Science and Technology for the Environment-Its Understanding and Improvement, SHOKABO (Japanese)

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Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated based on exercise (60%) and report (40%).

Related courses

  • CAP.I416 : Catalysis for the Environmental Issues
  • CAP.E333 : Introduction to Geochemistry
  • CAP.E332 : Introduction to Environmental and Energy Process

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