MEng Chemical Engineering with Energy and Environment

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Sustainable Resources and Processing

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEN44491
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 6
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit will introduce and develop an understanding of the concepts key to the drive towards sustainable chemical production and the switch a circular economy model.

Learning outcomes

1. Appraise chemical feedstocks in the context of sustainability and a circular economy

2. Design chemical processes that reduced waste generation during production and at their end-of-life.

3. Propose alternative sustainable chemical products to conventional petrochemical ones.

4. Develop sustainable chemical production pathways based on alternative solvents, technologies, and catalysis.

5. Evaluate and analyse chemical products and processes to identify and quantify sustainability improvement.

Teaching and learning methods

The unit makes use of three main types of learning and teaching sessions delivered using a blended approach:

  • Lecture sessions - synchronous and asynchronous content online and face-two-face
  • Tutorial/online exercises and problem solving sessions
  • Drop-in discussion sessions


All materials are available via the e-learning platform of Blackboard, including lecture notes, lecture podcasts, and sample solutions to the tutorial exercises. Communications outside of the scheduled teaching slots also make use of the Blackboard platform.

Assessment methods

Assessment task


Weighting within unit (if relevant)

Continuous assessment



Exam style assessment



Recommended reading

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Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Christopher Parlett Unit coordinator
Arthur Garforth Unit coordinator

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