Green Chemistry
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL091
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
prof. dr. M.A.J. Huijbregts
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. F.P.J.T. Rutjes
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Contactperson for the course
dr. R. van Zelm
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R. van Zelm
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R. van Zelm
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
KW2  (13/11/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

Main goal:

  • You are able to analyze the environmental impacts of chemical processes on the basis of chemical- and process data and with help of scientific environmental models and to provide solutions to environmental questions based on the outcomes.


  • You are capable to reflect on the principles of green chemistry
  • You are able to apply the principles of green chemistry within the chemistry
  • You are able to independently perform a life cycle assessment on a chemical process, interpret the results and provide improvement options.
Chemistry is inextricably linked to the currently existing environmental challenges. On the other hand, chemistry is also required to solve these environmental issues. Consider, for example, the production of fuel from CO2, or the use of a catalyst to convert bio-oil to biofuel. Furthermore, there are numerous ways to make current chemical processes ‘greener’. Examples include the reduction of solvents, or replacement of chlorine with oxygen or ozone in bleach processes. In industrial processes, it is crucial to operate as environmentally friendly as possible. In order to do so, one needs to know how to judge the extent to which chemical processes will have an impact on the environment.
This course introduces the twelve principles of green chemistry. Green chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use. After finishing this course, students are able to organize chemical processes in such a way that the environment will be minimally damaged. For this, life cycle assessment will be used as a method. Moreover, students are able to judge environmental concerns related to chemistry better in their future professional practice.
Teaching formats
• 22 hours guided group project work
• 10 hours lecture
• 24 hours individual project work without guidance
• 8 hours student presentation

Green solvents, green processes and reagents, green materials, life cycle assessment

Test information
Working group presentations (20%), group assignment (40%), exam (40%)

The course is open to all students that followed the course MOL047 Synthese biomoleculen, or the course NWI-MOL101 Essentials of Organic Chemistry. This is a course in the theme 'Methods' and in the minor 'Green chemistry'.

Required materials
Texts and relevant e-books will be provided via blackboard.

Instructional modes
Course occurrence




Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW4