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ERIC Number: EJ1033276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Using Green Chemistry Principles as a Framework to Incorporate Research into the Organic Laboratory Curriculum
Lee, Nancy E.; Gurney, Rich; Soltzberg, Leonard
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n7 p1001-1008 Jul 2014
Despite the accepted pedagogical value of integrating research into the laboratory curriculum, this approach has not been widely adopted. The activation barrier to this change is high, especially in organic chemistry, where a large number of students are required to take this course, special glassware or setups may be needed, and dangerous chemicals and safety are of special concern. At Simmons College, the organic laboratory curriculum has been revamped by incorporating faculty research on asymmetric reduction of ketones in solvent-free conditions using polylactic acid derivatives. This paper describes the methods for converting from traditional expository laboratories to research-integrated laboratories by incorporating green chemistry principles in the greening of synthetic reactions. Results and assessment of student learning and attitudes are reported.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts