Gail Blakley - Catalysis in green chemistry: An advanced laboratory course for undergraduates

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      239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, United States,   March 21-25, 2010 (2010)


      Although ubiquitous in nature and industry, catalysis is rarely   introduced into the undergraduate lab. curriculum. Equally absent   are chem. examples highlighting current topics of social   importance such as environmental impact of chem. processes and   generation of sustainable energy. Students are given the   opportunity to investigate a no. of catalytic systems important   in green synthesis, asym. catalysis and photocatalytic splitting   of water. The key focus of the course is to move away from   cookbook style expts. and introduce students to the full spectrum   of skills necessary to carry out research in the lab. In addn. to   developing good synthetic skills, strong emphasis is placed on   searching, reading and reviewing the primary literature. Exptl.   results are reported in the form of ACS style journal articles by   formulating well supported interpretation of data in the context   of current literature.

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