CHEM 492: Industrial Chemistry


Principles of industrial chemistry: the economic importance of the chemical industry; conversion, efficiency and yield of a chemical process; economic and technical feasibilities of a chemical process; material and energy balance in chemical processes.
Major inorganic chemical processes: Gases (N2, O2, NH3 and Cl2); acids/bases (H2SO4, H2PO3, NaOH, Na2CO3), Major organic chemical processes: fossil fuel and petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene, vinyl chloride);Major commercial products: food additives, anionic, cationic and non-ionic surfactants; pharmaceuticals.
Industrial activities and their environmental impact; global warming, acid rain, smog, ozone depletion, eutrophication, toxic metals, carcinogens.