Year 2


MS0001 Environmental Sustainability & Materials

[Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 13 hours; Pre-requisites: MS1013 and MS1015; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Learning Objective

The objectives of this course are to introduce the students to the environmental aspects of materials, and the role materials engineers play in building a sustainable environment, including topics such as the principles of green design, industrial ecology, product life cycle assessment, and relevant materials research for environmental and energy applications.
This course will be helpful to students intending to specialize in environmentally-conscious product design and manufacturing processes involving the usage of modern materials.


Introduction to Environmental Engineering, Material Resource Consumption, Materials Life Cycle Assessment, Materials Chemistry for Sustainable energy and pollution control.

Learning Outcome

  • Understand the broad principles of environmental engineering.
  • Understand the environmental impacts of materials and chemical processing.
  • Able to evaluate and critically assess environmental life cycles of various materials.
  • Knowledgeable in advanced material usage in energy and environmental applications.

Textbooks/ References

  • Michael Ashby, Materials and the Environment, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2009
  • Edward S. Rubin, Introduction to Engineering and the Environment, McGraw Hill, 2001.
  • Myer Kutz, Environmentally Conscious Materials and Chemicals Processing, Wiley, 2007
  • Rolando M.A. Roque-Malherbe, The Physical Chemistry of Materials : Energy and Environmental Applications, CRC Press, 2010

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