• University of Leeds

Chemical Engineering: Shaping a Sustainable Future

Learn how chemical engineering can help to solve global challenges and explore its role in delivering sustainable development.

306 enrolled on this course

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Chemical Engineering: Shaping a Sustainable Future

306 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Understand how chemical engineers can provide sustainable solutions

Chemical engineers are leading the way in providing answers to global challenges such as climate change, food security, and effective healthcare.

On this two-week course, you will be introduced to the exciting world of chemical engineering. You’ll explore how chemical engineers develop and design chemical manufacturing processes to provide sustainable solutions.

Discover sustainable energy solutions from renewable sources

You’ll be introduced to what chemical engineering is and the different ways it can help tackle climate change.

You’ll also explore how it can be used to promote renewable energy sources such as solar, wind power, and geothermal energy to secure a sustainable energy future across the world.

Explore how chemical engineering can promote food security

You will learn how chemical engineers optimise processes and improve fertilisers to ensure a more sustainable food supply.

You’ll then explore how they advocate new technologies such as the treatment of salt water to help tackle drinking water demands in times of drought.

Discover how chemical engineers are responsible for the future of healthcare products

You will understand vaccine development and how chemical engineers design and optimise the manufacturing process to produce vaccines that meet global demand.

You’ll then explore how digital design will lead to the development, manufacture, and delivery of high-quality personalised medicines which will revolutionise patient care.

By the end of the course, you will understand the importance of chemical engineering in every-day life and explore the huge range of career paths chemical engineers can take.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds SPEAKER: Did you know that everything from the medicines you’re taking for your headache to solutions to the removal of toxic waste would not be possible without chemical engineers? Chemical engineers work to solve problems of all scales. In this course, you’ll explore how chemical engineers are tackling global challenges, such as climate change to deliver sustainable energy solutions from renewable sources. You’ll learn how chemical engineers address global food security and enable access to clean water by developing innovative technologies that treat saltwater and create sustainable fertilisers. You’ll then discover how they are working to ensure healthier lives for all by developing life-saving drugs and future health care products.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds By the end of the course, you’ll understand what it takes to become a chemical engineer and the work they do across a range of sectors. If you want to explore the world of chemical engineering, join this course today.


  • Week 1

    Solving global challenges: Climate change

    • Welcome

      Before you get started, take some time to meet your Lead Educator, Nicole Hondow, who will guide you through the course. You will also have the opportunity to meet other learners and plan your learning journey.

    • Global challenge: Man-made climate change

      This activity summarises the effect of climate change in different parts of the world and focuses on how chemical engineers are developing solutions to ensure a sustainable supply of energy, water and food.

    • Global solution 1: Energy

      In this activity you will discover how chemical engineers are helping to secure a sustainable future for energy supply via new innovative technologies and policies to champion the change to a global energy management network.

    • Global solutions 2: Food security

      This activity explores how chemical engineers are securing a sustainable future for food security. You will investigate the major implications of having an all-year-round supply chain.

    • Summary

      This section provides a summary of key points from the course to enable you to review and look back on any material you may need. You can also access the glossary in this activity.

  • Week 2

    Solving global challenges: Health

    • About Week 2

      This week, you will explore how chemical engineers achieved a large-scale vaccine-rollout, using the COVID-19 pandemic as an example. You will also explore personalised medicine, and hear from some chemical engineering graduates.

    • Global challenge and solution 3: Large-scale production

      This activity showcases another example of how exciting it is to be a chemical engineer by exploring a chemical engineer’s role in large-scale production of healthcare products.

    • Global challenge and solution 4: Personalised medicine

      You will discover how chemical engineers play a pivotal role in developing and producing the medicines of the future.

    • What is it like to be a chemical engineer?

      After focusing on global challenges and energy supply, you will discover the importance of chemical engineering in every-day life and hear from chemical engineers who talk about their career path and experiences.

    • Summary

      This section summarises your journey through the whole course. You will have the chance to review and look back on any material you may need and consider next steps.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe how chemical engineering can help tackle climate change
  • Explore a chemical engineer’s role in delivering a sustainable future for energy supply, food security and healthcare
  • Identify which United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) chemical engineers are meeting to deliver a sustainable future
  • Explain the role of a chemical engineer in the development of personalised medicine
  • Identify the digital tools which chemical engineers use to produce personalised medicine
  • Compare the potential career choices of chemical engineers
  • Explore the chemical engineer’s role in producing household products.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in the huge range of problems that chemical engineering can help us to solve and the role it plays in helping us to shape a sustainable world. It offers a great insight to studying for chemical engineering as an undergraduate or fresher at university level.

The course is part of the Going to University collection. Completing this course can help improve your university application by broadening your understanding of geography and environmental studies, and by developing your independent learning skills.

The course can also be used by high school and college teachers to enhance classroom teaching or for independent learning.

Who will you learn with?

Associate Professor & Director of Student Education in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds

I am an avid chemical engineer by profession and researcher at heart.
Find out more about me see link here :https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemical-engineering/staff/9821/keeran-ward

Head of Programme for Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds. For more information see: https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/chemical-engineering/staff/346/associate-professor-david-harbottle

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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