Honours Sustainable Chemistry (B.A.Sc.) (4 Year Program)
Chemistry is at the heart of the development of many of the beneficial technologies that we take for granted, from improved crop yields to energy-saving light emitting diodes. Increasingly, chemistry in academia and industry is being practiced in a more sustainable way, following the 12 rules Green Chemistry. This means developing processes that are fundamentally more efficient, increasingly using renewable feedstocks, employing water as an environmentally friendly solvent, generating less waste, and ensuring that waste is non-toxic and can be processed by the environment. The Honours Sustainable Chemistry program provides students with a uniquely integrated and inquiry-based approach to research and problem-solving in chemistry and chemistry-related areas. The traditional practices of Chemistry are examined through the lens of sustainability, with the objective to develop students who can identify and implement better ways to practice chemistry. In this program, students may choose to focus on experimental work, with access to elite analytical laboratory facilities with some of the most modern instrumentation found in any university in Canada.
About Sustainable Chemistry
What is Sustainable Chemistry?
“It’s not about the chemistry, it’s about the mindset”
“Sustainability is the bigger picture of the materials that we use in our lives and how they are produced, from creation of the product - whether that is your cell phone, or your medicines and food products. What solvents are used, what waste products are created, what is the life cycle assessment of that product in terms of end-of-life recycling or disposal. What are the impacts of any of those components in terms of environmental impact and cost? Could chemists envision alternate choices that would improve the environmental impact or sustainability of the products from production through use to recycling?”
As a society, and particularly as chemists, we must:
- Take renewable materials from the planet
- Efficiently process them to give desired products
- Return them to the planet in a form that allows uptake in the natural world
- Understand the interactions of chemicals with the compartments of nature
Who wants this? Academics, Consumers, and Companies. The Sustainable Chemistry Program will help chemists deliver this!
For a complete list of program requirements please view the Calendar Description and Program Admission Requirements