Session S23b (Monday, 2pm, Life Sciences 011)

P270: Green metric assignment - a student exploration of evaluating greenness

John Thompson (Lane Community College, USA)

One of the challenges of teaching and using green chemistry is evaluating the greenness of an experiment. Life cycle analysis is much too complicated and simple tools such as atom economy only focus on one aspect of green chemistry. Qualitative assessment of the greenness of the lab is useful, but is dependent upon students’ effort. A green metric assignment is a way for students to explore the complexities of designing a standard evaluation which must be simple to use and tailored to the educational laboratory. This process has shown to be a valuable educational tool and has resulted in green metrics that are both more appropriate for the educational laboratory and a good evaluation of the greenness of the experiment.

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