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About the programme

The minor consists of three courses in each period, and a group project running the whole semester. The first period starts off with the three-week course Anthropocene: The Planet of Man, which serves as an introduction into the subject as well as for building a community of students. This course is followed by two theoretical courses and the start of the group project. The second period offers again two theoretical courses, a series of guest lectures, and the larger part of the group project. Educational forms comprise a mix of lectures, seminars, guest lectures, and group work, and will take place at both universities.

Course overview

Anthropocene: The planet of Man
Introduction course that aims to provide a broad picture of sustainability issues and to convey the sense of urgency.

Green chemistry
Sustainable synthesis of valuable products, from fundamental principles to application.

Chemical Energy Transition: From Nanoscience to Technology 
Energy conversion in nature; Fuel cell chemistry, the hydrogen economy, batteries, carbon capture.

Sustainable Chemical Industry based on Non-Fossil Feedstocks
Biomass conversion; Catalytic conversion for chemicals and products; Recycling of waste streams; Enzymatic and microbe systems.

Energy Transition: Photon power
Photosynthesis, artificial photosynthesis and solar cells.

Examples from Sustainable Industry
Industrial examples of successes and challenges in implementation of circular concepts. 

Group project
The students will address a sustainability problem in small groups. They will define the topic, find literature to give a qualitative and quantitative description and critically discuss possible solutions. The group project runs over the full length of the minor and trains transferable skills in collaboration, critical thinking and oral and written communication. Assessment is based on presentations and discussions with the other student groups.

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