PROD235-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Formulation Chemistry

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Chemistry related to product formulation, including common organic chemical structures and reactivity; separation, purification and characterisation of chemical compounds; the function and structure of surfactants and micelles; the chemical basis of dyes, colourants and fragrances; and an introduction to intellectual property considerations for new chemical compounds and formulations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have a working understanding of the fundamental organic chemistry including the three dimensional structure of molecules and general reactions of various functional groups.
  • Understand what colloids, surfactants and micelles are, and how surfactants are important in commercial polymerization processes.
  • Develop understanding of the theory and basic application aspects of a variety of characterisation methods (chromatography, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and other selected spectroscopic techniques).
  • Understand how chemical compounds can be separated and purified through common methods such as extraction, distillation, crystallisation, etc.
  • Be able to describe the origin of colour in molecules, how products are colourised and how colours are made fast, including traditional products from Mà„ori and Pasifika
  • Understand the physiological basis of smell, the chemical basis of odour and how chemical compounds can be blended to create fragrances
  • Be conversant with issues related to patenting and intellectual property for new chemical compounds and formulations, including those based upon traditional compounds


Recommended Preparation

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sarah Kessans


Anastassiya Lazareva and Preeti Kundu


Test 1: 25%
Test 2: 25%
Final examination: 50%


The prerequisite for this course is CHEM111 RP:BIOL111

This course is restricted against CHEM242/BCHM206

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $951.00

International fee $4,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Product Design .

All PROD235 Occurrences

  • PROD235-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023