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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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