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An excellent refresher course covering a broad range of concepts and terms which will be useful in my PhD modelling. So great to get back in a ‘real’ lab too!

Olivia Errey PhD student in Engineering, University of Edinburgh
Chemistry for Engineers and Scientists

Chemistry for Engineers and Scientists

The course will not be running this year, but anyone interested should contact Prof Chris Rayner (C.M.Rayner@leeds.ac.uk) directly by email.


This is a three day course which was held at the University of Leeds on 5th-7th September 2016 designed to familiarise people from a variety of engineering and science related disciplines with the fundamentals of modern chemistry. It is organised in association with the RSC Process Technology Group, and was formerly the IChemE approved short course, Chemistry for Chemical Engineers. The course will also be very useful for anyone with a scientific background wishing to refresh their basic chemical knowledge.

It is common for chemists to work alongside scientists and engineers in many areas of industry and academia. The ability to communicate between disciplines is crucial, but requires a basic level of knowledge and understanding of fundamental chemical concepts.

"Excellently taught and broad depth of knowledge provided – would thoroughly recommend!"

Paul Luksza, New Product Development, GlaxoSmithKline

The course is developed by a multidisciplinary group of chemists and chemical engineers at the University of Leeds, with the aim of bridging the knowledge gap to enable effective collaboration. It will involve a combination of lectures, workshops and demonstrations covering basic chemical topics, with a selection of more advanced topics available on the final day. Extensive notes will be provided throughout.

About the course
The first two days of the course are designed to cover relatively fundamental concepts of organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. We believe this relatively broad introduction is necessary to give a good overall grasp of chemical concepts.
The final day will involve practical work, and a selection of more advanced topics chosen from: The Chemistry of Polymers; The Chemistry of Dyes; New Chemical Technologies for Synthesis; The organic chemistry of drug synthesis; Biological Chemistry; Radioactivity; Electrochemistry and Corrosion; Particles and Colloids; Molecular Modelling; Green Chemistry, Process Analytical Technology for Crystallisation, the Chemistry of Carbon Capture and Storage and the Chemistry of Phosphorus.

Course fees for 2016 are as follows:

£900 registration and payment before 30th June 2016
£1000 after 30th June 2016
£250 for registered PhD students and University-based postdoctoral researchers

A limited number of bursaries are available for registered PhD students which cover costs of registration and the course dinner (but not travel or accommodation). Closing date for applications is 30th June 2016. For further information, please contact Professor Rayner

The following fees include 10% discount for members of RSC:

£810 before 30th June 2016
£900 after 30th June 2016
This will include registration and course notes, coffee/teas, and lunches.

Optional course dinner, Tuesday 6th. September, £25 per person

Details of accommodation are available on request.

Click here for online registration

Contact Prof Chris Rayner for further information.
Tel: (44) 113 343 6579
Fax: (44) 113 343 6401
Email C.M.Rayner@leeds.ac.uk