Green Chemistry

University of Oregon
City, State: 
Eugene, OR
James Hutchison (University of Oregon)
16 Jul 2016 - 22 Jul 2016



Saturday: Arrival
Sunday-Thursday: Full days
Friday: part-day, departure

The Green Chemistry in Education Workshop is for educators in the chemical sciences interested in incorporating green or sustainable chemistry concepts into the organic chemistry curriculum and laboratory.

This five-day workshop held on the University of Oregon campus will be a combination of lectures, discussion, and hands-on time in the laboratory. Leaders in the field will address the need for green chemistry in the undergraduate curriculum and provide strategies for designing, adapting and incorporating new green experiments into existing organic chemistry curricula. The primary goal for this workshop is establishing a network of chemical educators who are promoting green chemistry and increasing the number of educators who incorporate green chemistry experiments and concepts into their teaching.

During the lecture sessions, a panel of speakers will introduce green chemistry, discuss the adoption of green organic experiments and lecture materials, address the challenges and opportunities in green chemistry education, and provide advice on developing new green chemistry materials. Ample time will be made available for participants to discuss their own plans for adopting green chemistry with the lecturers and fellow participants.

- Introduce green chemistry in your lecture course
- Use several examples of green chemistry to illustrate concepts within your lecture course      
- Infuse green chemistry throughout your lecture course
- Develop a green chemistry course for majors or advanced undergraduates
- Develop an introductory green chemistry course that satisfies a general education requirement

During the laboratory sessions, participants will have an opportunity to perform and evaluate greener organic laboratory experiments developed at the University of Oregon and elsewhere. Educational materials used in teaching the green organic chemistry lab will be distributed during the workshop, including our recently published textbook, "Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools, and Laboratory Experiments," by Kenneth M. Doxsee and James E. Hutchison, published by Brooks/Cole. The Workshop speakers will be a diverse panel of scientists and educators who will present the latest trends in the green chemistry field based on their own experiences in either industry or academia. The Green Chemistry in Education Workshop will be held at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

- Adopt a single green chemistry experiment introduced during the workshop
- Adopt several of the green chemistry experiments introduced during the workshop   
- Develop and implement one or more of your own green chemistry lab experiments   
- Utilize a coordinated series of green chemistry experiments within your course     
- Adopt/develop a substantially overhauled curriculum emphasizing green chemistry   
- Phase in a number of green chemistry experiments over the next few years

Professional development/networking:
- Work with the regional and national Green Chemistry Education Network for support and to advance green chemistry
- Communicate the advantages of a greener curriculum to your department and university leadership
- Share your curriculum development achievements with fellow workshop participants and members of the Green Chemistry Education Network
- Disseminate your accomplishments through the GEMs (Greener Educational Materials for Chemists) website.
- Publish green chemistry laboratory experiments.


Day 1: Introductions and Day Trip. An outing to the Oregon Cascade Mountains or scenic Oregon Coast provides a relaxed group setting, which facilitates informal discussion among workshop speakers and participants to set the tone for the rest of the workshop.

Day 2: Lecture Session - Green Chemistry Overview. An overview of Green Chemistry will be presented including the "12 Principles of Green Chemistry"*, followed by a review of the development of lab experiments for the green organic chemistry curriculum as well as an introduction to the University of Oregon green lab experiments.

Day 3: Laboratory Session - Introduction to Green Chemistry Labs. Workshop participants will conduct pre-selected "green" experiments chosen from the following 21 experiments developed at UO including: Solventless Aldol Reaction A Greener Bromination of Stilbene Synthesis and Recrystallization of Adipic Acid Gas-Phase & Microwave Synthesis & Metallation of 5,10,15,20-Tetraphenylporphyrin Thiamine-mediated Benzoin Condensation of Furfural Patterning Surfaces with Molecular Films Liquid CO2 Extraction of Natural Products A Diels-Alder Reaction in Water

Day 4: Lecture Session - "Success Stories." Former workshop participants return to share their success stories of adopting the green organic chemistry lab curriculum at their own home institutions. Laboratory Session - Participants continue to perform and evaluate various green lab experiments.

Day 5: Laboratory Session - Wrap up. Participants wrap up final lab experiments. Debriefing and closing remarks: Open discussion includes evaluations of labs and lectures; sharing resources for teaching green chemistry; future plans in terms of expected challenges and opportunities for adopting green chemistry into the curricula.

*Anastas, P. T.; Warner, J. C. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press: New York, 1998, p.30. 

Green Chemistry Education Network (GCEdNet)

    Greener Educational Materials for Chemists (GEMs)


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