P262: Green analytical chemistry: Teaching towards sustainable and responsible choices
The concept of “Green chemistry” has not been widely emphasized in Analytical Chemistry classes as much as it has been in Organic Chemistry laboratory. Some ways of introducing “Green Analytical Chemistry” methodologies into the teaching/learning experience of instrumental analysis laboratory as well as in undergraduate research will be presented. These include using natural reagents from plants and food wastes in place of synthetic chemical reagents, using alternative lower cost device/material to aid in chemical detection, and designing experiments in such a way that students can use the same set of chemicals for different experiments to enhance the understanding of similarities and differences of various analysis techniques. This not only helps students to be aware of the natural availability of chemicals around them, but also leads undergraduate students to realize the connections of chemical analysis, civic responsibility and sustainability.