Chemistry in daily life

Course Code :1001WETCHS
Study domain:Chemistry
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Sequentiality:Credit for Mathematical methods for physics I, II & III, Gen. physics I & II, Exp. physics I, Computer practicum, Intro. to analytical mechanics and Intro. to chemistry OR enrolled for the bachelor Chemistry.
Contact hours:25
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Annemie Bogaerts
Sofie Slaets

3. Course contents *

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.