Green organic chemistry laboratory at the University of Oregon

Kenneth M. Doxsee, Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon, 1253 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1253 and James E. Hutchison, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403

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ABSTRACT: The University of Oregon's Green Organic Chemistry Laboratory Program was designed to replace the traditional organic laboratory sequence. Growing from an inaugural class of fifteen invited student participants (also known as "guinea pigs"), all students enrolling in the organic laboratory sequence now receive Green lecture and laboratory instruction. While obtaining experience in all the basics expected in an introductory organic laboratory course, students also learn to think about the health and environmental impacts of chemistry and gain the tools they need to improve chemical reactions, processes, and products. Annual workshops for chemical educators are helping lead to national and international adoption of green curricula. Throughout the development and implementation of the Green curriculum, we have experienced a number of benefits, both anticipated and unanticipated, ranging from cost and energy savings to increased student interest, recruiting, and enrollment.