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Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments

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This laboratory manual contains 14 green chemistry experiments suitable for the undergraduate level. Most of the experiments are green analogs of typical undergraduate organic chemistry experiments that highlight traditional chemical concepts with more environmentally friendly reactions and methods. A few of the experiments could be used for inorganic, materials science, general and non-major chemistry laboratories. Each experiment includes an introduction, prelab questions, chemicals and equipment needed experimental procedure, safety precautions, cleanup, and postlab questions. The relevant principles of green chemistry are discussed for each experiment and students are asked to assess the green-ness of the experiment and explore opportunities for improvement. Most of the experiments have been published in other textbooks or journals. This collection is a useful supplement for undergraduate faculty interested in incorporating green chemistry into the curriculum.

Summary prepared July 2005 by Joe Workman, Department of Chemistry at Centre College and Kathryn Parent at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.


Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments;, Print Kirchhoff, M., Ryan, M., Eds.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2002.

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Category Descriptors

Chemistry Concepts
  • Addition Rxn
  • Alkynes
  • Carbonyl Chemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Coordination Chemistry
  • Electrophilic Substitution
  • Elimination Reactions
  • Esters
  • Kinetics
  • Nucleophilic Substitution
  • Organometallics
  • Oxidation/Reduction Chemistry
  • Polymerization
  • Surface Science
Laboratory Techniques
  • Air-Sensitive Compounds
  • Assembly of Reaction Apparatus
  • Contact Angle
  • Distillation
  • Extraction
  • Extraction and Drying Agents
  • Fermentation
  • Heating and Cooling Methods
  • IR Spectroscopy
  • Liquid Chromatography
  • Measuring Mass and Volume
  • Melting Points and Melting Ranges
  • Metallation
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Recrystallization
  • Rotary Evaporation
  • Surface Modification
  • Thin-layer Chromatography
  • UV-Vis Spectroscopy
  • Vacuum Filtration
Green Chemistry Principles
  • Avoid Chemical Derivatives
  • Design Less Hazardous Chemical Syntheses
  • Increase Energy Efficiency
  • Maximize Atom Economy
  • Minimize the Potential for Accidents
  • Prevent Waste
  • Use Catalysts
  • Use Renewable Feedstocks
  • Use Safer Solvents/Reaction Conditions
Chemistry Subdiscipline
  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary
  • Materials Science
  • Organic Chemistry
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  • Secondary Schools
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