Clean Technologies and Green Chemistry


Understanding of the basic principles underlining the development of Sustainable Chemical Processes.

Learning to apply sustainability scales to Chemical Engineering Design.

Integrating acquired knowledge in the framework of Green Chemistry.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Nobre Martins Aguiar de Oliveira Ricardo, Paulo Alexandre da Costa Lemos


Weekly - 4

Total - 66

Teaching language



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P.T.Anastas & J.C. Warner. Green chemistry: Theory and Practice. Oxford University Press, NY 1998

Concepción Jimenez-Gonzalez & D.J.C. Constable. Green chemistry and Engineering, A Practical Design Approach. Wiley 2011

Teaching method

Teaching is done in classes of subject presentation and problem solving and in practical classes, in a computer lab, where groups of four students address the two following tasks: (1) oral presentation of a study on the Principles of Green Chemistry / Sustainable Engineering applied to a theme chosen from; (2) schematic Life Cycle Analysis study of an industrial process, using the specialised software Gabi

Evaluation method

Final mark (scale 0 to 20)

Individual exam (50 %) + Practical classes and additional (50 %)

Practical classes - average mark of 2 reports presented by students in teams of 3 or 4 - teams P:

1. Oral presentation of a theme chosen from or other suggested websites, where descrition of conformity with the Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering is the main objective.

2. Life Cycle Analysis of a chemical product, supported by specialised software

Additional evaluation events - 5 debates in TP classes on Green metrics, Catalysis, Solvents, Biorefineries and CO2 capture and utilization.

Each debate will have a winning TP team, by vote of students (50%) and Professors attending the debate (50%).

Students from winning teams will have a bonus of + 0.5  to add to their practical grade.

Mandatory presence in the debates (missing = -1 points).

There may be additional assessment events in the theoretical-practical classes: up to +0.2 per event.

Subject matter

Chemical Industy, Chemicals and their impact on modern lifestyles.

The Principles of Green Chemistry and of Sustainable Engineering.

Toxicology. The European legislation on chemicals REACH.

Sustainable Chemistry metrics. Life Cycle Analysis.

The tools of Green Chemistry. Homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic catalysis. Waste reduction. Intensification of processes. Alternative solvents. Biotechnology and Biorefinries. Carbon capture and sequestration.