Green Chemistry: Fundamentals and Applications Programme


With the development of human society, environmental protection has become increasingly important. Growing chemical waste generated by human activities to a great deal of pressure on environmental protection. Once ignored, air, water and soil pollution will bring unbearable human environmental disaster. At present, we see and hear through the media or, you will find all kinds of environmental problems have immediate impact on our daily lives. From the source to solve these problems, find new production method is a practical solution means, “Green Chemistry” will be timely. “Green Chemistry”, simply put, is a study to reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous to human health and the environment of science in the design, development and processing of chemical products in the production process using a set of principles. In “atom economy” principle, research how to make use of raw materials and energy in the process of generating the desired product, and reduce the release of harmful substances. “Green chemistry” – the biggest feature is its use in the production of the starting end on the scientific means to prevent pollution, and thus in the production process and product terminals have the opportunity to achieve zero emissions or zero pollution. Many of the world countries have “green chemistry” as one of the main directions of progress in the new century chemistry. The invention of new chemical catalyst, the development of new chemical reactions, using new chemical reaction processes is an important means to achieve “green chemistry”. This issue of “Green Chemistry Workshop” will introduce the basic concept of “green chemistry”, laboratory research and industrial production applications progress, so that we “learn”, “use” binding, in-depth understanding of “green chemistry.”

Green Chemistry has been receiving increasing global awareness for the future sustainable development and well-being of all living creatures on Earth. The human activities in the last century have caused severe air, water and land pollution, which may lead to a huge impact to our living environment through irreversible climatic changes. This world issue has been identified by scientists and the world leaders, and the Paris Agreement, which has been approved in COP21 and will be followed by 195 countries all over the world, marks the fade out of more than 100 years dependence on fossil fuels in supporting economic growth and the rise of new energy sources with a reduction of carbon emission. To solve the environmental problem, the state of the art concept of Green Chemistry has emerged. By re-designing the industrial chemical processes through new catalytic strategies for efficient synthesis of useful chemicals with the use of less energy and of high atom economy, the generation of hazardous by-products or wastes can be virtually eliminated. Green Chemistry has been envisioned as a promising solution to tackle the challenges arise from the change of chemical technology in order to maintain the delicate balance in economy growth and sustainable living environment.

Prof. Chi-Ming Che (Portfolio), together with Prof. Ram S. Mohan (Portfolio) of The Illinois Wesleyan University, USA, jointly organize a one-week workshop on Green Chemistry in the summer of 2017. This workshop covers the fundamental concepts in Green Chemistry, the latest industrial applications on the rapidly growing research fields, and also the frontier research works on Iron-catalyzed oxidation reactions and Light-induced organic transformations. Participants will have extensive interaction and discussions with the world-renowned lecturers in the field, and student group presentation (oral and poster) will be arranged by the end of the course. This workshop is highly beneficial to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are interested in organic chemistry and transition metal catalysis in solidifying their chemical knowledge, and exposing themselves to the frontier advanced academic research in Green Chemistry. A certificate will be awarded to participants who have successfully completed the workshop.

The workshop is jointly organized by The State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Admissions and Academic Liaison Section.


Course Code: GCFA2017

Managed by: HKU Summer Institute

Target Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates, Postgraduate Students

Area of Interest: Science & Technology

Credits: —

Course Period: July 31, 2017 to August 5, 2017

Course Schedule: Monday to Friday (09:00-17:30)

Programme Fee: HK$ 15,000

Accommodation Fee: Included

Deadline for Application: March 31, 2017

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• Students can access to HKU Facilities including Cafeteria, Main Library, Flora Ho Sports Centre, Learning Commons and University Health Services. Meal expense, service fee and medical cost will be responsible by students.

• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• In any case, students are strongly recommended to make their own insurance arrangements throughout the entire period of your programme. Students will be responsible for their own medical and dental costs during the period of the programme. Please refer to here (Point 5) for more information.