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CHEM 4010

Chemistry And Industry

Michael K. Denk

Time, Place

Mon,Fri 16:00 to 17:20 MACK 237

Course Description

This course examines industrial processes for the production of organic and inorganic chemicals. The environmental impact and the challenges of a large-scale operation will be considered alongside the actual chemical processes involved


Prof. Michael K. Denk


Chem 2300 or Chem 2700


Chem 3430 or Tox 3300


Math 1210 or Math 2080


by appointment, by e-mailmdenk@uoguelph.ca, michaeldenk@mac.com


For details, see schedule of lectures


Recommended: "Inorganic Chemistry: An Industrial and Environmental Perspective" by T. W. Swaddle

Laboratory vs. Industry  (.pdf)

Organic Chemistry Lecture_(.pdf)

Metals Lecture (.pdf)

Inorganic Lecture(.pdf)



35% - Midterm Exam (Fri, Feb 12, in class)

20% - Library research project

45% - Final Exam (Wed, Apr 20,11:30 am - 1:30 pm room tba)

Library Project



  • A topic of your choice, by agreement, or
  • Hydrogenperoxide: rockets, subs, pharmaceuticals.....
  • Industrial Chemicals from Methane
  • Industrial Chemicals from Toluene
  • Explosives
  • Industrial Vitamin Synthesis
  • Metal Oxides as Heterogeneous Catalysts
  • The Claus Process
  • Coal Liquefaction
  • Extraction of oil from tar sands
  • A history of Polymers (Nylon, Teflon etc)
  • Ionic Liquids
  • Carbides, Nitrides, Borides, Silicides
  • Anti Cancer Drugs
  • Chemical Energy Storage
  • The Fischer-Tropsch Process and its Importance to the German War Economy

Additional Information Sources

Books. Top sources in bold

  1. Howard L. White, Introduction to Industrial Chemistry, Wiley, New York, 1986. (TP 145.W46)
  2. H. Harry Szmant, Organic Building Blocks of the Chemical Industry, Wiley, New York, 1989. (TP 247.S98)
  3. M. B. Hocking, Modern Chemical Technology and Emission Control, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1985. (TP 155.H58)
  4. W. Büchner, R. Schliebs, G. Winter and K. H. Büchel, Industrial Inorganic Chemistry, VCH Publishers, Weinheim, Federal Republic of Germany, 1989. (TP200.I5313)
  5. K. Weissermel H.-J. Arpe, Industrial Organic Chemistry, 4th ed. , VCH publishers, 2003.
  6. T. W. Swaddle, Inorganic Chemistry, An Industrial and Environmental Perspective, Academic Press, Toronto, 1997. (QD151.5.S93)
  7. C. A. Heaton (ed.), An Introduction to Industrial Chemistry, 2nd ed., Blackie, Glasgow, 1991. (TP 155.I57 1991)
  8. Riegel's Handbook of Industrial Chemistry, 9th revised ed.; VCH, Weinham, Federal Republic of Germany, 1992. (TP 145.R54 1992)


Books (Background reading)

Kenneth S. Deffeyes Beyond Oil: The View from Hubbert's PeakHubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage



Most useful / comprehensive website: <http://www.chemindustry.com> It has indexed 30 000 websites with over 5M pages of information.


Periodicals, etc.

  1. Canadian Plastics, Southam Business and Communications Group, Don Mills. Includes the annual "Canadian Plastics Directory and Buyer's Guide", published each December. (PER TP 1101.C3)
  2. Chemical and Engineering News, American Chemical Society, Washington, D. C. Publishes issues on topics such as "Top 50 chemical products", "Top 100 chemical products", "Facts & figures for the chemical industry", "Facts & figures for chemical R&D", "Salary & employment survey" and "World chemical outlook". (PER TP 1.C35)
  3. Modern Plastics, McGraw-Hill, New York. (PER TP 986.A1 M6)
  4. Survey of Industrials, Financial Post Datagroup, Toronto, 2003, and earlier annual editions. (HG5151.F53) Reference or Annex.


Indexes and Abstracts

  1. Chemical Abstracts, American Chemical Society, Columbus, Ohio. (Abs QD1. A51) Indexes the literature of chemistry and chemical engineering. For the chemistry of manufacturing processes.
  2. Canadian Business and Current Affairs (On-line through Library Search), Dialog Information Services, Palo Alto, Calif. Includes chemical business news; primary emphasis on Canadian material.


Encyclopedias and Directories

  1. Top: Ulmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 5th ed., VCH, Weinheim, Federal Republic of Germany, 1985 (Ref. TP 9.U57 1985)
  2. Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology, 4th ed., Wiley, New York, 1991 (Ref. TP 9.E685 1991) Also known as Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology.
  3. Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology, 1st ed., Academic Press, Orlando, 1987 (Ref. Q 123.E497)
  4. Encyclopedia Polymer Science and Engineering, 2nd ed., Wiley, New York, 1985 (Ref. TP156.P6 E5)
  5. Modern Plastics Encyclopedia, Special issue of the journal of Modern Plastics. (Per. TP 986.A1 M6)
  6. Scott's Directories. Ontario Manufacturers, 20th ed., Scott's Directories, 1995 (Ref. HF 3223.S33)


Inventors and Inventions

  1. Chemcial Heritage Foundation http://www.chemheritage.org/classroom/chemach/plastics/index.html


Statistics Canada

  1. Lists all Statistics Canada Publications. For example:
  2. Chemical and Chemical Products Industries (annual). (CA1 BS46 C217)
  3. Industrial Chemicals and Synthetic Resins (monthly). (CA1 BS46 C002)
  4. Pulpwood and Wood Residue Statistics (monthly). (CA1 BS25 C001)
  5. Refined Petroleum Products (monthly). (CA1 BS45 C004)

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