Industrial organic chemistry & Synthesis technology :
The catalyst industry is an important economic driving force. Specifically, catalysts play vital roles in the areas of oil refining, petrochemicals, polymers, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and environmental applications. There is a increasing need in the pharmaceutical industry for very selective synthesis, including single enantiomer production. Annual chiral drug sales have already exceeded $100 billion and are rising at a rapid rate. This has sparked vigorous activity in asymmetric catalysis. Enantioselective synthesis offeres a very favorable alternative to carrying out extra enantiomer separation steps.
Professor Franzens teaching is focused on important aspects of industrial organic chemistry and use of catalysts in different processes. The annually offered basic course industrial organic chemistry (KEM-5250) and advanced organic chemistry (KEM-4040), together with specific courses offered every second year (Catalyst Chemistry (KEM-4100), and Synthesis Technology (KEM-5300)) gives the students knowledge in the field. Moreover, Prof. Franzen gives lectures in the field of environmental chemistry and bio-organic chemistry. He also is responsible for organizing a laboratory course in the field of organic chemistry (KEM-4050).
Students who have passed examinations and gained enough experience in labworking may be accepted to do their MSc Thesis in the laboratory.
Until today 3 Ph.D., 21 M.Sc. and 12 B.Sc. Theses have been produced from the laboratory. Recently, Associate Professor Dr. Nuno Rafael Candeias
joined the Department and will arrange the teaching of courses KEM-4040 and KEM-4050.
The following courses will be arranged by Prof. Franzen during 2012 - 2013 :
*(Exams may be given in english by request)
Teollinen Orgaaninen Kemia (Industrial Organic Chemistry)
autumn 2012, 3 op (3 cr)
Orgaanisen Kemian tyot 2 (Organic Chemistry 2, Lab)
spring 2013, 5 op (5 cr)
Ympäristökemia (Environmental Chemistry)
spring 2013, 3 op (3 cr)
The following MSc Thesis have been produced in field of pedagogy since 2003 :
"Demonstrations as support of learning organic chemistry at university"
by Jenny Yli-Sissala (2010)
"Development of network-based education for industrial organic chemistry and catalysis chemistry"
by Mervi Nurminen (2004)
"Development of network-based education for organic chemistry"
by Satu Koota (2003)