Greener educational materials for undergraduate organic chemistry: Strategies to catalyze curriculum development and adoption


James E. Hutchison,, Kenneth M. Doxsee,, and Julie A. Haack, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science Institute, University of Oregon, 1253 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403
Green chemistry, the design of chemical products and processes to eliminate hazards to human health and the environment, provides unique opportunities for innovation in the undergraduate curriculum. In the organic chemistry laboratory, it has been shown that one can convey important fundamental chemistry concepts and techniques while introducing green chemistry strategies and methods. Practical advantages of the curriculum are that it minimizes the production of chemical waste and provides a safer working environment. Additional benefits of the curriculum are renewed student enthusiasm for chemistry amongst our undergraduate and graduate students. In this presentation, I will highlight some of the recently developed experiments for this curriculum, describe an interactive on-line database of experiments used to complement dissemination through the primary literature and the textbook (Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools and Laboratory Experiments) and discuss our efforts to develop and support a network of scholars who are developing, testing and disseminating additional greener educational materials.