Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Online
Starts at 2:00 PM · Ends at 3:00 PM, EST (America/New_York)
Using Green Chemistry Principles As a Framework To Incorporate Research into the Organic Laboratory Curriculum
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Despite the accepted pedagogical value of integrating research into the laboratory curriculum, this approach has not been widely adopted. The activation barrier to this change is high, especially in organic chemistry, where a large number of students are required to take this course, special glassware or setups may be needed, and dangerous chemicals and safety are of special concern. At Simmons College, the organic laboratory curriculum has been revamped by incorporating current faculty research since 2006. The general framework and methods for converting from traditional expository laboratories to research-integrated laboratories by incorporating green chemistry principles in the greening of synthetic reactions will be discussed. Examples of the successful incorporation of three entirely different faculty research projects will be discussed. Research results and assessment of student learning and attitudes will be reported.