The rebirth of Applied Chemistry with a new name “Industrial Chemistry” began under the Department of Chemistry at Rangoon Arts and Science University in July 1967. Master’s study in Industrial Chemistry has been offered since 1974.
It became a separate fully-fledged department in March 1986. Industrial Chemistry integrates and applies knowledge within the disciplines of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Department offers students hands-on learning experience in unit operations and unit processes with faculty dedicated to the learning process.
The Department of Industrial Chemistry encourages the students to take part in occasional field trips to plants and assigns group project work with the submission of a term paper in their final year of undergraduate studies. Currently, the department promotes the students’ interest on project work to grow their interest in interest. As the outcomes of growth interest in research, undergraduate students have received awards in national and international level project and research competitions. The department let students broaden their practical knowledge giving opportunities to access some instruments and special training for practical application of the basic concepts they learn in class. The contribution of the students’ scientific knowledge is encouraged by training their laboratory skills, capability of collect, analysis, evaluate, create and present the experimental results.
Food Science and Processing Engineering
The sector of agro-based food processing is given priority to build up small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Myanmar for economic growth. The research program of the department emphasises the areas of agricultural food processing, preservation and food safety in compliance with nationally and internationally recognized standards. Food research is urgently needed to respond to industry needs and to solve food safety problems in Myanmar. Specific areas of food adulteration, food preservation, quality assessment, fermentation and study in browning during food processing, are studied by Masters and PhD students.
Water quality is a very demanding subject and the assessment of water quality of ground and surface water is a focus of graduate research. The quality of finished product depends on the water quality. The department places its emphasis on quality analysis and treatment for potable purposes. A serious threat of large quantities of discharged effluents from industries has led to an increase in environmental health concerns. Thus research focuses on conventional and biological treatment of wastewater to find out appropriate methods of treatment for industries. As regards to agricultural solid wastes, composting and vermicomposting are areas research focus for Masters study.
Fuel Science and Renewable Energy
The comprehensive usage of coals available in Myanmar is focused on their proximate and ultimate analysis, and the appropriate transformation of secondary fuel mixtures like Coal-Water-Mixture. Renewable and non-food plant residues represent an abundant, inexpensive and readily available source of biomass in Myanmar. With respect to the availability of renewable biomass, the utilization of energy from biomass is done through bioethanol processing. Research work on the application of fruit wastes, waste fruits and lignocellulosic biomass is emphasized for bioethanol production. In addition, biogas production from animal wastes and fish processing wastes is also included in graduate research.
Myanmar is rich in fragrant plants and traditional natural cosmetics such as bark of thanakha plant, herbal shampoo made of fresh tayaw bark and soapnut (Kalakinmun). The quality and safety of traditional cosmetics are still in question. Convenient and safe cosmetic products are needed to penetrate international market. In this regard, the department is researching the upgrading of Myanmar traditional cosmetic products. Aside from that, extraction of natural dyes from plants and their utilization in some cosmetic products, processing of medicated soaps and transparent soaps are undertaken as MSc research.
International Links and Project
The Department of Industrial Chemistry participates in international projects such as NutriSEA (Erasmus Projects 2016-18) and an Erasmus + 2018 project for capacity building of faculty members. The department is also networked with ASEAN universities and U.S. colleagues through regional conferences, workshops, SVAS (Short-term Visit Program of AUN/SEED-Net), Fulbright programs and hosting Fulbright specialists.
1. Food Science and Engineering
2. Environmental science and engineering
3. Chemical Technology
4. Fats and oil processing
5. Fuel science and renewable energy
7. Cosmetic Technology
Core Courses of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry (Four-year Program, Total Credit Units 168)
* Elective courses
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# In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Chemistry degree, Fourth Year Students must take part in occasional field trips (to plants / factories) / project assignments, related to their field of studies, as deemed necessary by the Department of Industrial Chemistry and Submission of Term Paper at the end of the second semester.
Core Courses of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Industrial Chemistry (Five-year Program, Total Credit Units 216)
* Elective courses
# In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Industrial Chemistry degree, Third Year Honours Students must take part in occasional field trips (to plants / factories) / project assignments, related to their field of studies, as deemed necessary by the Department of Industrial Chemistry and Submission of Term Paper at the end of the second semester.
Courses in Master of Science (Two-year Program, Total Credit Units 64)
Courses in PhD in Industrial Chemistry (Five –year Program)
Courses in Diploma in Food Technology (One-year Program, Total Credit Units 32)
# In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Post-diploma in Food Technology, Diploma Students must take part in occasional field trips (to plants / factories) / project assignments, related to their field of studies, as deemed necessary by the Department of Industrial Chemistry and Submission of Term Paper at the end of the second semester.