Molecules that Changed the World (CEAC 458) Course Details

Course Name: Molecules that Changed the World
Code: CEAC 458
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Objective: The aim of the course focuses on how profound the impact of chemistry is in our lives. The course takes the students on a fascinating journey into history and chemistry. It will expound on how a tiny change in structure can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance which can result in great historical shifts. Throughout history, there have been some molecules that have changed the world. The course covers the discovery and/or first synthesis of some marvelous molecules that have greatly influenced human history, economics, cultures, and geopolitics. Each chapter centers on one of the molecules, e.g., glucose, silk, phenol, salt, etc., and discusses both its chemical structure and its significance to civilization. The lecture topics will touch upon fascinating tales about molecules that determined what we now eat, drink, and wear.
Content: Atoms, molecules, chemical structure, peppers, nutmeg, cloves, urea, acetic acid, ascorbic acid, oleic acid, aspirin, glucose, cellulose, silk, nylon, isoprene, polymers, dyes, phenol, terpinol, tropinone, chloroflorocarbons, quinine, DDT, morphine, nicotine, caffeine, explosives, steroids, cortisone, progesterone, the pill, gossypol, penicillin, prostaglandins, epothilones, vitamin B12, vancomycin,menensin, avermectin, cyclosporin, palytoxin, taxol, brevetoxin, thiostepton.
Term: Elective
Theory: 3
Application: 0
Laboratory: 0
Credit: 3
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