2022 Catalysis for the Environmental Issues

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Graduate major in Chemical Science and Engineering
Yokoi Toshiyuki  Motokura Ken  Manaka Yuichi 
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Course description and aims

In this course, at first, overviews of recent environmental and energy issues and changes will be introduced. Then, the knowledge of the role of catalysts will be instructed.
In order to understand chemical transformations related to environmental and energy issues, it is necessary to know the role of catalysts in these transformation reactions. Therefore, recent topics, such as biomass conversions, use of shale gas, carbon dioxide transformation to useful chemicals, will be discussed.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the role of catalsyts and catalytic reaction systems through the topics for environmental and energy issues based on physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry.
2) Gain the knowledge to solve the environmental problems in the standpoint of catalysis.


Catalysts, Environment, Energy

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In order to understand the contents of this course, at the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Prediction of Enegy and Environmental Changes Gain knowledges for the prediction of energy and environmental changes
Class 2 Catalysis and Environment Understand catalytic chemistry related to environmental issues
Class 3 C1 Chemistry Gain knowledges for C1 Chemistry
Class 4 Chemical Transformation of Carbon Dioxide Understand the role of catalysts for chemical transformations of carbon dioxide
Class 5 Biomass Conversions Gain knowledges for catalytic conversions of biomass
Class 6 Utilizations of Renewable Energy Understand the role of catalysts for utilizations of renewable energy
Class 7 Green Chemistry Understand the fundamentals and examples of Green Chemistry

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.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Makoto MisMono, Chemical Science and Technology for the Environment, SHOKABO (Japanese), ISBN-13 : 978-4785335137
Eiichi Kikuchi et al., Atarashii Shokubai Kagaku, Sankyo Publishing (Japanese), ISBN:978-4-7827-0688-6 C3043

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of catalytic materials and reactions using solid catalysts will be assessed.
Learning achievement is evaluated based on exercise (60%) and report (40%).

Related courses

  • CAP.T532 : Advanced Catalytic Reactions

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students should have fundamental knowledge for physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry.

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