P43: Greening organic lab: A green chemistry module and mini-research project for organic chemistry students
One of the main topics explored in the Honors Organic Chemistry class at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County is green chemistry. In this unit, students are introduced to the twelve principles of green chemistry, examine examples of their application, and learn to apply some of the green chemistry metrics: atom economy, experimental atom economy, E factor, and effective mass yield. Finally, the students design and carry out their own mini-research projects with the goal of making a standard textbook laboratory experiment “greener.” Students select an experiment from their laboratory book and, using the principles of green chemistry, make changes to the procedure in an attempt to improve upon them. After lab work is complete, students analyze their reactions using the twelve principles and the green chemistry metrics studied earlier. At the end of the course, the students present their work to their classmates and members of the chemistry department. This presentation will outline the steps taken to introduce the students to green chemistry and prepare them for the project, and discuss some of the projects they have undertaken.