Asymptotic approach to the development of a green organic chemistry laboratory

Thomas E. Goodwin, Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Hendrix College, 1600 Washington Avenue, Conway, AR 72032

ABSTRACT: We have recently published a paper entitled "An Asymptotic Approach to the Development of a Green Organic Chemistry Laboratory" (J. Chem. Educ. 2004, 81, 1187-1190). In that paper, we discuss philosophical and practical issues involved in the initiation and evolution of our green, microscale laboratory program. This presentation will focus not only on the questions posed and problems encountered, but also on our developing answers. Examples of new green experiments will be discussed, some an outgrowth of our research on chemical communication among elephants (i.e., "mammothscale" chemistry).