P621: Would you like fries with your reduced air pollution from automobiles? – Teaching renewable energy through Chemlinks/MC2 modules

Author: Kevin L. Braun, Beloit College, USA

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Date: 8/5/14

Time: 3:40 PM4:00 PM

Room: MAK A1117

Related Symposium: S50

Originally developed to introduce students to the real-world topics of nutrition and air pollution, the Chemlinks/MC2 modules, “How Can We Reduce Air Pollution from Automobiles?” and “Would You Like Fries with That? The Fuss about Fats in Our Diet” have found new application introducing students to concepts in renewable energy. Module materials have been repurposed to introduce students to the food versus fuel debate and chemical concepts in thermodynamics, spectroscopy, intermolecular forces, and organic representation. The new module culminates in a biodiesel synthesis using used fryer oil from the campus cafeteria. Though the topic has changed, the core material remains applicable and adaptable even across multiple modules. Recognition of this adaptability has led to the publishing of the ChemConnections Workbook which will be discussed in terms of this new module.