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Abby O'Connor, The College of New Jersey
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Green Chemistry

I recently attended a workshop on green chemistry and shared with them this great web resource. My question to the group is how many of us incorporate green chemistry into our curriculum? In what ways is green chemistry incorporated, through lecture, lab or both? What sort of resources are people using for this? I plan to post some information from the workshop on the viper site when I have time. I am interested to see how many of us are teaching this to our students.

James G. Goll, Edgewood College
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I introduce the concepts in my second lab in General Chemistry I and I teach a course titled Sustainable and Green Chemistry. This course is an offering in what we call the COR, the centerpiece of Edgewood College's General Education. It is a mid career course in COR. I also teach a capstone course called Ethics and Responsibility in Scientific Research in the COR program.

Shirley Lin, United States Naval Academy
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Green chemistry isn't systematically taught in our general chemistry sequence or in the chemistry major at this point. I can think of one experiment in the sophomore lab year that mentions that the transformation being done is green. It is definitely a worthy topic. To give undergraduates a sense of how important green solvents, atom economy, etc. can be, it would be best to couple it with material on large-scale chemical processes. In my experience, covering industrial/process chemistry explicitly is rather rare. But it is at these very large scales where the impact of the green-ness of a synthesis can become more obvious.

Looking forward to seeing posts from the green chemistry workshop here!

Kyle Grice, DePaul University
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Hi Abby,

I don't see the link to the resource you are talking about, can you post the address? Thanks!

-Kyle

Anthony L. Fernandez, Merrimack College
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Abby,

We have a handful of labs that mention it, but we currently do not cover it in lecture.  We have been talking about extending out coverage, but we cannot agree on the appropriate way to do so.

Abby O'Connor, The College of New Jersey
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Hi Kyle,

I didn't have a web resource for green chemistry, but was saying that I introduced this green chemistry group to the ionic viper community. Once I have time I will post stuff that we have done at TCNJ.

 

Kyle Grice, DePaul University
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Aha, I read it backwards! Clearly I have not been drinking enough coffee. 

I look forward to hearing what you have done at TCNJ!

Kurt Birdwhistell, Loyola University New Orleans
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We have a couple of green chemistry experiments in our organic lab and I do one green inorganic synthesis lab in our Integrated lab sequence.  We make group VI metal carbonyl complexes in a biphasic reaction with a Phase transfer catalyst in the microwave.  I have submitted this lab to J. Chem. Educ., but it is still under review.  

I talk briefly about green chemistry in a first day lecture in Inorganic chemistry lecture I.

 

kurt

Nick Hill, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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We recently published a Cu/TEMPO catalyzed aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohols for our main organic lab which could be used directly in an inorganic lab course.  The green aspects of this lab are the replacement of the traditional Mn- and Cr-based oxidizing agents with catalytic amounts of CuBr and TEMPO that enable air to be used as the terminal oxidant.  The lab also encourages discussion of transition metal catalysis.  There are plenty of color changes during the procedure so it is popular with students!

See J. Chem. Educ. 2013, 90, 102-105.

Kurt Birdwhistell, Loyola University New Orleans
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If you are interested in green chemistry, this EPA list from their Design for the Environment program may be of interest.  

It is a  safer chemcal Ingredient list.   It includes Chelating agents,  solvents, surfactants etc.  

http://www.epa.gov/dfe/saferingredients.htm

 

Kurt

 

Kyle Grice, DePaul University
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Hi,

DePaul University has incorporated Green chemistry in their Organic Chemistry Laboratory. They published a few J Chem. Ed. papers on it (before my time here):

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed083p270

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed200256w

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed2000878