Chemistry - Meet the industry
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.