Oil Sands Process Water: When diamonds are not forever! - Context/problem-based learning


This C/PBL resource is designed to help students discover what organic chemicals are present in the waste water which is produced during the processing of oil sands, and analytically assess these potentially toxic organic chemicals.


This resource has been provided by, or developed in partnership with, The National HE STEM Programme.


Students are asked to investigate what properties the chemcials might have, to attempt to draw them using computer packages and to use these drawings to calculate their likely toxicities using modern chemical sciences methods and computer models. The students will also have an opportunity to interpret spectral, chromatographic and other analytical data.   

This resource and its components are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.