Syllabus for Industrial Organic Chemistry

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  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1KB414
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Chemistry G2F, Technology G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-03-10
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-10-12
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    90 credits including 60 credits in chemistry including 15 credits in organic chemistry.

  • Responsible department: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Account for the chemistry of the basic building block chemicals derived from fossile sources
  • Describe economic and environmental issues associated with chemicals from fossile sources
  • Account for important historic developments as well as future perspectives of industrial organic chemistry
  • Discuss issues related to synthesis, degradation and environmental impact of industrial polymers
  • Describe the use of catalysis, including biocatalysis, in the large scale synthesis of organic compounds


Chemistry, use, environmental and economic impact of basic building block chemicals derived from fossile sources: Ethylene, propylene, butadiene and butenes, aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, xylenes), methane and other alkanes, carbon monoxide. Non-petroleum sources of organic chemicals: coal, fats and oils, carbohydrates. Chemical sources of polymers, biodegradability. Synthesis, environmental issues, and economics of specialty chemicals such as detergents, pharmaceuticals, fuel additives, food additives, and dyes. Catalysis in industrial organic chemistry. Sustainability and green chemistry. Historic perspectives and future directions of industrial organic chemistry.


Lectures, seminars, and project work. Exercises in oral and written presentation.

Project work and related presentations are mandatory.


Written examination is arranged at the end of the course. The written examination corresponds to 6 HE credits. The project work, including written and oral presentations, is valued as 4 HE credits. To pass the course, all components have to be approved. The final grade is a weighted combination of the individual grades.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Wittcoff, Harold A.; Reuben, Bryan G.; Plotkin, Jeffrey S. Industrial organic chemicals

    2. ed.: Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Interscience, cop. 2004

    Find in the library

  • Arpe, Hans-Jürgen Industrial organic chemistry

    5th, completely rev. ed.: Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH, c2010

    Find in the library

Handouts and articles