Contact Information

  • Ed Brush
  • Professor
  • Chemistry
  • Bridgewater State College
  • and
  • Fisher Science Education
  • 4500 Turnberry Drive
  • Hanover Park, IL 60133
(800) 955 - 1177

Green Chemistry in the Curriculum: Biodiesel Module

Laboratory Procedure (PDF)


Fisher Science Education, through a partnership with Beyond Benign and Dr. Ed Brush of Bridgewater State College, developed a multi-component module targeted for high school students that focuses on determining the physical properties of vegetable oils and the synthesis of biodiesel. The entire module includes four independent activity components complete with student procedures and worksheets. In addition, the material lists include Fisher Catalog Numbers for easy ordering. The High School Chemistry Learning Standards and Scientific Inquiry Skills Standards are identified throughout the module.

Summary prepared May 2008 by Julie Haack, Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon.


Fisher Science Education, ; Brush, E.; Beyond Benign, Green Chemistry in the Curriculum: Biodiesel Module. wps/ downloads/ segment/ ScienceEducation/ pdf/ green_BiodieselModule.pdf (accessed June 2011).

Category Descriptors

Chemistry Concepts
  • Biofuels
  • Catalysis
  • Equilibrium
  • Esters (Reactivity)
  • Fatty Acids
  • Heating and Cooling Methods (Measurement/Analysis)
  • Kinetics
  • Natural Products
  • Oxidation/Reduction Chemistry
  • Phases/Phase Transitions
  • Solutions/Solvents
  • Stoichiometry
Laboratory Techniques
  • Assembly of Reaction Apparatus
  • Calibration
  • Heating and Cooling Methods
  • Measuring Mass and Volume
  • pH
Green Chemistry Principles
  • Design for Degradation
  • Design Safer Chemicals and Products
  • Prevent Waste
  • Use Renewable Feedstocks
Chemistry Subdiscipline
  • Organic Chemistry
Target Audience
  • Secondary Schools
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