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Discovering Science

Chemical Products

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in chemistry; no previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time. If you intend to complete the Discovering Science program , it is recommended that you complete Discovering Science: Science Writing before starting this course, however this course can still be studied independently. You can use the hashtag #FLchemproducts to talk about this course on social media.

Topics Covered
  • Everyday biomaterials and their molecular properties.
  • The molecular structure of wool and silk and how this has developed over the last century.
  • The influence of natural materials on the development of man-made fibres.
  • The potential uses of self-assembling peptides within the human body.
  • The creation of hydrogels from self-assembling peptides.
  • The development of synthetic spider silk.
  • The future of bio-inspired materials.
  • The creation of composite biomaterials that combine organic and inorganic components.
  • Assignment: prepare a press release to communicate the science of ‘composite bio-inspired materials’.
  • The science and environmental impact of everyday household products.
  • The evolution of effective, safe and economical products.
  • The use of surfactants in household products.
  • The chemistry of hair dyes and how they are tested and regulated.
  • The significance of the chemical industry.
  • The complexity between scientific fact and public perception of consumer products.
  • Parabens and the controversy that surrounds their use as preservatives.
  • Construct a science writing text.
  • Assignment: prepare a newspaper article about the controversy around the use of parabens.

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Effort 5 hours per week
Starts Nov 11 (in 7 weeks)
Cost $69
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Instructors Paul Taylor, Christopher Rayner, Bruce Turnbull, Martin McPhillie
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Language English
Subjects Engineering
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Rating Not enough ratings
Length 2 weeks
Effort 5 hours per week
Starts Nov 11 (in 7 weeks)
Cost $69
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Instructors Paul Taylor, Christopher Rayner, Bruce Turnbull, Martin McPhillie
Download Videos Only via web browser
Language English
Subjects Engineering
Tags Science, Engineering & Maths

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