Session S61a (Wednesday, 9:30am, Thomas 216)

P680: General chemistry laboratory green chemistry modules to improve student success

Will Lynch (AASU, USA)

This presentation will focus on our NSF funded program to improve general chemistry engagement using green chemistry modules in general chemistry.  The modules are presented in a guided inquiry format to improve commitment and performance of undergraduate students in general chemistry by introducing students to green chemical principles in the laboratory experience. After years of using traditional verification labs with no intrinsic green value, we have completed converted the year long general chemistry sequence to a green / guided format to capture student attention and improve their learning outcomes. The experiments are based on environmentally relevant topics and each includes one or more of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. The topics explored include soil analysis, water pollution, green synthesis and stoichiometry, biodiesel, acid rain, air pollution, and fuel cells, each of which illustrates one or more of the major theoretical aspects of general chemistry. Our two semester inquiry experience culminates in a green chemistry research experience for every student enrolled. The experiment, student outcomes and waste reduction will be discussed.


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