In this course, we try to make the students more familiar with the impact of chemistry, and hence of the chemist, on the society. Our whole life, every day, is filled with chemistry. This results in many possibilities for the chemist, but it also requires a great responsibility.
In the first part, we will focus on the big impact of chemistry on our life, with applications of chemistry on (among others) medicine, cosmetics, food, textile, plastics, criminological research, technological developments, feelings,... The students will have to look up for relevant information in the literature, and explain to their colleagues.
In the second part, we make the students more familiar with the chemical industry, in all its aspects, because this will be the working domain of most of our bachelors/masters and doctors in chemistry. An overview of the various chemical fields and products, job possibilities, different tasks of the chemists (production, research and development, analysis, environmental and safety precautions, patents, quality control,...), ... This part will be taken care off by a guest lecturer from industry.
Also in the third part, several guest lecturers, from different fields, i.e., forensic chemistry, food, medical chemistry, cosmetics, and art, will talk about these applications of chemistry in daily life.
In the part "practical excercises" the students carry out chemical experiments, that illustrate applications of chemistry in daily life. In addition the students become familiar with the required laboratory skills, like filtration, (micro) pipetting, titration, destillation, extraction, precipitation, making of solutions, (straightforward) synthesis, the use of TLC as a separation technique, ... and they already obtain some experience with a number of instrumental analysis methods, like UV VIS.
This course contributes to realizing the following general aims of the Bachelor education Chemistry: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10.