Chemistry - Meet the industry

12th March 2010 at 00:00

The schools intranet, Glow, is hosting a live Glow Meet session with members of the chemical industry on March 18.

Chemical engineers Gavin Smith and Gordon Hardie will talk about their work - which links into Unit 3, part A of Higher chemistry.

The event, being hosted by Kincorth Academy in Aberdeen, will allow pupils to question the engineers.

Prior to the event, pupils need to know:

- stages in the manufacture of a new product can include research, pilot study, scaling up, production and review;

- a chemical manufacturing process usually involves a sequence of steps;

- a feedstock is a reactant from which other chemicals can be extracted or synthesised;

- the major raw materials in the chemical industry are fossil fuels, metallic ores and minerals, air and water;

- chemical manufacturing may be organised as a batch or as a continuous process;

- process conditions are chosen to maximise economic efficiency;

- manufacturing costs include capital costs, fixed costs and variable costs;

- factors influencing the choice of a particular route include cost, availability and suitability of feedstock(s), yield of product(s), opportunities for the recycling of reactants and marketability of by- products.

Teachers who would like their pupils to participate in the session are asked to leave a note in the National Sciences Glow Group.

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