Programme

  1. Course Commencement

    Laura Robinson Laura Robinson
    Occupational Toxicologist, Toxicology Consulting Ltd
  2. PART I: Atomic structure, chemical bonding and categories of chemical

    • Introduction
    • Atomic structure, atomic mass & number, electron shells, isotopes & the periodic table
    • Chemical bonding: Covalent (including polar covalent), ionic and metallic bonding & their properties
    • Electronegativity and polar bonds/molecules (including their impact on physicochemical properties, such as boiling point)
  3. Refreshment break

  4. PART II: Chemical identity

    • States of matter
    • Substance type – Mono-constituent, multi-constituent substances, UVCB, Nanomaterials, impurities
    • Chemical identification (Smilies, IUPAC naming, EC number, CAS number, EINECS and REACH Registration Number)
    • Mixtures and articles
    • Chemical nomenclature (Organic, inorganic)
    • Molecular and structural formula
    • Isomers
    • Functional groups (including use as structural alerts)
  5. Lunch

  6. PART III: Physicochemical properties -and how they can be used

    • Boiling point and melting point
    • Vapour pressure & volatility
    • Density and specific gravity
    • Water solubility
    • Octanol water partition coefficient
    • pH and pKa
    • Viscosity
    • How physicochemical properties can be used to help likely human and ‘environmental’ exposures
  7. Refreshment break

  8. PART IV: Chemistry in action

    • Chemical reactions and equations
    • Hydrolysis
    • Oxidation reactions (with examples from metabolism)
    • Acid – base (neutralisation) reactions
    • Flashpoint and flammability
    • Explosives
  9. Questions and close of day