P265: Green chemistry experiments in capstone courses
Following my training in Green Chemistry at the NSF-sponsored workshops in Eugene, Oregon, in 2009 and 2011, I have greened the Organic Laboratory Curriculum. I have introduced new textbooks and a large number of green experiments. Now I report success in greening the capstone courses, Independent Study and Senior Thesis. In these courses students investigated the Passerini reaction, an aqueous multicomponent reaction, as it occurs in coacervates as reaction vessels, and most recently, optimization of the green oxidations which involve copper(I) and Tempo in a catalytic cycle. The latter reaction was discovered at UW-Madison and implemented in the undergraduate labs by Hill, Hoover and Stahl, and is one of the most popular published experiments in J. Chem. Ed. in 2013. I have also introduced these green experiments in the Advanced Organic Laboratory as group projects.