Transforming the organic chemistry laboratory experience with greener laboratory experiments

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

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ABSTRACT: Green chemistry, the (re)design of chemical products and processes to eliminate hazards to human health and the environment, provides unique opportunities for innovation in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. In the laboratory curriculum one can convey the important fundamental chemistry concepts and techniques, introduce state-of-the-art strategies and methods and provide a safer learning environment. We developed a greener curriculum for the organic chemistry teaching laboratory comprised of more than 30 new laboratory experiments that have been developed, tested and fully implemented in our laboratories. In this paper, I will describe the approach that we took to design and develop these experiments, provide an overview of the present curriculum and describe our most recent results in experiment development.