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Introduction to Green Chemistry

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This introductory text, designed for use in the high (secondary) school classroom, provides a series of six hands-on activities with discussion questions, background information, and instructor notes. The topics covered highlight major themes drawn from the twelve principles of green chemistry. Hands-on activities include a vitamin C clock reaction, biodiesel synthesis, preparation of liquid carbon dioxide, molecular modeling, comparison of heating techniques, and enzyme-polymer activity tests for biodegradability. A CD containing classroom handouts and overheads is also included.

Summary prepared March 2006 by Kathryn Parent at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.


Introduction to Green Chemistry;, Print Ryan, M., Tinnesand, M., Eds.; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2002.

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Category Descriptors

Chemistry Concepts
  • Boiling Points (Physical Properties of Matter)
  • Catalysis
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Kinetics
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Oxidation/Reduction Chemistry
  • Phases/Phase Transitions
  • Solutions/Solvents
  • Stoichiometry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Toxicology
Laboratory Techniques
  • Assembly of Reaction Apparatus
  • Heating and Cooling Methods
  • Measuring Mass and Volume
  • pH
Green Chemistry Principles
  • Design Less Hazardous Chemical Syntheses
  • Design Safer Chemicals and Products
  • Increase Energy Efficiency
  • Maximize Atom Economy
  • Use Renewable Feedstocks
  • Use Safer Solvents/Reaction Conditions
Chemistry Subdiscipline
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Secondary Schools
  • Books