Master Chemistry: Sustainability – The Molecular Approach
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Molecular chemistry can play an essential role in sustainable development. Current examples include:
– efficiency increase in energy-intensive processes (such as the production of complex molecules for the pharmaceutical industry, or the synthesis of transportation fuels), by using fewer chemicals, fewer reaction steps and less energy
– cyclic chemistry, in which waste products are converted back into fuels
– introduction of renewable chemical building blocks
– understanding the fundamental molecular-level aspects of the processes above, with spectroscopic and theoretical techniques.
‘Sustainability – The Molecular Approach’ is a so-called ‘excellence track’ within the Master’s programme Chemistry of three Dutch universities: University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam and Leiden University. It is coordinated by the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry, a collaboration of top research groups at the three universities mentioned above.