P41: Developing green labs for general chemistry at large and small universities
Since 2010, the University of California at Berkeley has been modifying general chemistry courses for both majors and non-majors to include experiment modules related to green and sustainable chemistry. The four main topics of focus are energy, environmental chemistry, chemical biology, and materials science. Several experiment modules have been constructed around biodegradable polymers, fuel cells and dye-sensitized solar cells, and biodiesel synthesis. In this talk, our process of curriculum development will be presented and some of the experiments highlighted. With the success of implementation at UC Berkeley we are moving forward to implementing several of these experiment modules at Santa Clara University. Our future goals include expanding our offerings and initiating partnerships to drive future efforts.