Course syllabus


KBT245 KBT245 Green chemistry lp1 HT20 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


Contact details

Teacher and examiner                  Per-Anders Carlsson


                                                                   Phone: +46 (0) 31 772 29 24

                                                                   Office: 2075, K building

Teachers                                              Jerker Mårtensson (

                                                                  Hanna Härelind (

                                                                  Magnus Skoglundh (


Course purpose

The course explains the principles of green chemistry and end-of-pipe methods, with a basis in the molecular and materials chemistry, and discusses alternative chemistry solutions to support a sustainable development. The level of understanding should be such that the students in their professional career critically can participate in discussions regarding selection of chemical methods (i.e., reactions) for increased sustainability within industrial production of chemicals and fuels, and to avoid environmental stress caused by pollution and energy-related problems. Basic knowledge in catalysis and organic chemistry is beneficial but not necessary.



Note the the sharp schedule is give as a pdf-file named "Syllabus & schedule KBT245 Green chemistry" in Canvas and may not match completely the TimeEdit schedule.

Some lectures and consultation times are given via zoom and are indicated yellow in the pdf-schedule. The following links apply:

L0+L1:  with password:  478141

C1: with password: 166540

L6: with password: 078176

C2: with password: 133006

L7: with password: 151842

C3: with password: 115638

C4: with password: 536802

Q&A: with password: 275455

Some lectures are uploaded as audio-ppt files in Canvas that can be used at any time during the course.

Please delete downloaded audio-ppt files from your computer at the end of the course.   



Course literature

Green Chemistry – An introductory text (3rd edition) by Mike Lancaster. It can be bought at Cremona or other commercial actors, for example, Bokus and Adlibris. The Chalmers library provides limited access.

Lecture notes will be provided via Canvas as pdf files during the course. 


Course design

The course contains a series of lectures corresponding to 5.0 hp based on the textbook and lecture notes.

The course also includes four case studies and a mini project together amounting 2.5 hp. The case studies and project report should be handed in using Canvas in due date (20 October 2020) for guaranteed feedback before the written exam (27 October 2020). Unless sound reasons can be given, missed deadlines will lead to limited feedback and final reporting may be delayed. Time for consultancy of case studies is scheduled. For additional questions please contact Per-Anders Carlsson for case studies 1 and 4 as well as the mini project and Jerker Mårtensson for case studies 2 and 3. 

Canvas will be the main tool for communication.


Changes made since the last occasion

Due to covid-19 lectures will be given via zoom and some lectures will be upload in Canvas as audio-ppt files as indicated in the schedule (pdf file).

Case study 4 is new.

The mini project is not presented orally. Instead individual student-to-student peer review is used as a way to feedback on miniprojects. 


Learning objectives and syllabus

Green chemistry solutions will be discussed within the fields of Chemical production: choice of feedstock, solvents, catalysts, synthesis routes including microwave and ultrasonic assisted synthesis; Chemical energy storage and conversion: chemical energy carriers, synthesis routes for alternative fuels including electrofuels and hydrogen; Carbon dioxide utilization: conversion routes to chemicals and fuels; Emission control: chemical, automotive and shipping industry, adsorption, ion-exchange and catalytic methods.

Learning objectives:

  • Account for the principles of green chemistry and end-of-pipe methods
  • Propose green solutions for industrial production of:
    • Petroleum and petrochemicals
    • Surfactants
    • Organic and inorganic chemicals
    • Hygiene products and pharmaceuticals
  • Propose green solutions for chemical energy storage and conversion with knowledge about:
    • Energy carriers and alternative fuels including electrofuels and hydrogen
    • Future fuel synthesis routes
  • Describe chemical conversion routes for carbon dioxide
  • Propose end-of-pipe solutions for pollution prevention in:
    • Industrial chemical and fuel production
    • Automotive industry
    • Shipping industry

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen.

Study plan

Examination form

Written exam (grades TH) and approved case studies and project (grades UG). The written exam covers the lecture series (notes and excerpts), the textbook and the case studies.

Course summary:

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