Edward Zovinka (Saint Francis University, USA)
Over the last 15 years, green chemistry has become a widely practiced pedagogy in various forms in the classroom and the teaching laboratory. However, examination of the literature demonstrates green chemistry is still mainly practiced in the organic and general chemistry laboratories. Efforts to change a classic inorganic laboratory to a more green chemistry experience will be outlined. Sustainability initiates the laboratory activities by introducing students to an environmental problem caused by poor planning. Through examination of an acid mine drainage site, students observe passive remediation efforts while collecting data to better understand the function of the site. Reducing energy consumption is stressed by focusing on microwave synthetic methods. Microwave synthetic methods are used for the metallation of ligands as well as for an organometallic coupling reaction. Catalytic cycles are studied using a GC-MS and UV-Vis to examine the lifetime and effectiveness of iron porphyrin complexes activated by H2O2.