Environmentally Friendly Processing
Reference EHPOOL00000280
Taught in Elective Course List for Master of Materials EngineeringFaculty Elective Course List for Masters of EngineeringFaculty Minor Course List for Masters of Engineering
Theory (A) 15.0
Exercises (B) 15.0
Training and projects (C) 0.0
Studytime (D) 120.0
Studypoints (E) 4
Credit contract? Access is determined after successful competences assessment
Examination contract? This course can not be taken through this kind of contract
Credit contract mandatory if Exam contract? Separate credit contract mandatory
Retake possible? Yes
Teaching Language Dutch
Lecturer Marc Verhaege
Department TW10
Co-lecturers Jo Dewulf
Key Words

Clean technology, sustainable production, industrial ecology, green chemistry

Position of the Course

This course should provide the students with an insight in the way of operating technologies in a sustainable manner. It is shown how the choice of resources, process efficiency policy and avoiding waste contribute to sustainable production technologies. Understanding of terms such as sustainable technology, industrial ecology, green chemistry, prevention of waste and process integration should belong to the standard knowledge of the student after having followed the course


  • Introduction
  • From fossil to green ?: Introduction, TopicSituation analysis in 1995 and prognoses till 2040
  • Effects of technology on the environment: Global environmental issues, Air quality issues, Water quality issues, Ecology, Natural resources, Waste
  • Changing technology with new concepts: Clean technology, Eco management
  • Industrial ecology: Principles, Material flows in manufacturing, Eco-industrial parks, Assessing opportunities for waste exchange
  • Changing technology at the process design: Green industry, Synthetic methods, Mastering toxic substances, Use of auxilary substances, Evaluation of energy requirements, Renewal of raw material and feedstock, Catalytic reagents, Design of real-time, in-process monitoring technologies, Pollution prevention
  • Changing technology through process integration: Process energy integration, Process mass integration, "Source-Sink" mapping, Optimizing strategies for segregation, mixing and recycling of streams, Mass exchange network synthesis

Starting Competences

No prerequisites required

Teaching and Learning Material

Syllabus 'Sustainable production'


  • P. Anastas, J. Warner, Green Chemistry : theory and practise, Oxford University Press, 1998
  • T. Graedel, B. Allenby, Design for the environment, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 1996
  • A. Johansson, Clean Technology, Lewis publishers, 1992
  • E. Lowe, J. Warren, S. Moran, Discovering industrial ecology, Battelle Press, Columbus, 1997

Course Content-Related Study Coaching

Teaching Methods

Classroom lectures; Plant visits; Classroom problem solving sessions

Evaluation Methods

Evaluation during examination period

Examination Methods

During examination period: oral open-book exam

  Back to the highest level index Go to the general info section Go to the help pages Search the site Nederlandse versie / Dutch version Back to the previous page Back to the top of the page