ERIC Number: EJ1046246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Implementing a Student-Designed Green Chemistry Laboratory Project in Organic Chemistry
Graham, Kate J.; Jones, T. Nicholas; Schaller, Chris P.; McIntee, Edward J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v91 n11 p1895-1900 Nov 2014
A multiweek organic chemistry laboratory project is described that emphasizes sustainable practices in experimental design. An emphasis on student-driven development of the project is meant to mirror the independent nature of research. Students propose environmentally friendly modifications of several reactions. With instructor feedback, students search for a literature protocol for their most promising reaction. Students follow the procedure as described and also carry out a modified, greener reaction that they have designed on their own, incorporating a modest change in reaction conditions. The exercise concludes with a report focusing on comparative data analysis. This unique approach also focuses on teaching students the important research skills involved in locating, reproducing, and modifying a literature procedure.
Descriptors: Science Laboratories, Organic Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Projects, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Evaluation Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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