ERIC Number: EJ1159714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Biobased Organic Chemistry Laboratories as Sustainable Experiment Alternatives
Silverman, Julian R.
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n10 p1679-1681 Oct 2016
As nonrenewable resources deplete and educators seek relevant interdisciplinary content for organic chemistry instruction, biobased laboratory experiments present themselves as potential alternatives to petroleum-based transformations, which offer themselves as sustainable variations on important themes. Following the principles of green chemistry and the powerful biorefinery model it is possible to create pedagogically sound and modern laboratory experiments employing readily available renewable reactants and reagents to convey important organic chemistry principles. In a reverse approach compared to total synthesis, these experiments should serve to not only make the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory more green and sustainable but also educate the next generation with both historically important developments and cutting-edge research.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Biotechnology, Organic Chemistry, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Experiments, Science Experiments, Natural Resources
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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