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Chemistry: Our Green Chemistry Future With Professor Tim Bugg, Sam Trouton (Teaching Fellow) & A Current Student From University of Warwick

January 19 @ 15:35 - 16:35

In a time when we are facing impending global crises such as climate change and the need for renewable energies, Green Chemistry is becoming increasingly important.

The idea of Green (or Sustainable) Chemistry is that of designing and synthesising chemical products to reduce or even eliminate both the usage and the generation of substances that are detrimental for the environment and/or our own health.

This is why at Warwick Chemistry we are not only leading the way via our world-class research in e.g. renewables and polymers, but we also ensure that our students are quite aware of this very important branch of Chemistry.

In this session, we are going to discuss some aspects of Green Chemistry from a variety of viewpoints: in particular, with the help of one of our Chemistry students, we are going to dive into an experiment, revolving in biofuels, that we offer to our year 2 cohort. We are also going to showcase some of the cutting-edge research that is going on in this field at Warwick Chemistry, thanks to the help of one of our academics.

Overall, we are aiming to raise awareness of the importance of Green Chemistry for our future and make quite clear that Warwick Chemistry is an excellent place to make it happen.

Curriculum Topics Covered:

  • Green/sustainable chemistry
  • Biofuels
  • Renewable chemicals from biomass (mentioning chemical structures of cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin)
  • Enzyme catalysis & bioconversion
  • High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
  • UV-visible spectroscopy & IR spectroscopy
  • Distillation
  • Calibration curves


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Professor Tim Bugg



Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying Chemistry.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to think about questions they have regarding the topic and/or studying Chemistry at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:




January 19
15:35 - 16:35
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