Sustainable Synthesis and Catalysis (F1652)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Synthesis and catalysis are changing to make each more sustainable for the modern world, reducing waste in terms of by-products and energy consumption.

On this module, you’ll discover how the toxicity of chemicals in the environment can be minimised by the use of catalysts, green chemical principles and modern methods.

The module will also highlight new cutting-edge processes such as:

  • biocatalysis
  • organocatalysis
  • alternative feedstocks
  • sustainable catalyst design
  • alternative solvents
  • better recycling.

On completion of this module, you’ll have a toolbox of better, greener and cleaner methods for industries to carry out synthesis while minimising harm to the environment.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: