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Incorporation Of Green Principles Into Organic Chemistry For Engineers

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Environmental Engineering Curricula

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Environmental Engineering

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14.728.1 - 14.728.9



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Montserrat Rabago-Smith Kettering Univeristy

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Jennifer Aurandt Kettering University

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Incorporation of Green Principles into Organic Chemistry for Engineers

Promoting environmentally responsible engineers and scientists necessitates the integration of green chemistry into the undergraduate engineering curriculum. In response to this need we have developed a pollution prevention (P2), Green Chemistry, and Green Engineering course designed for undergraduate engineering students that have taken general chemistry. Instead of the option of adding an additional course to a packed curriculum, we have modified a course that is required of all Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students at Kettering University--Chem 145: Industrial Organic Chemistry. The course would be a lab/lecture hybrid course entitled: “Green Industrial Organic Chemistry”. This course would meet all of the learning objectives for the traditional organic chemistry course for engineers while using the 12 principles of Green Chemistry and Green Engineering as the spine of the course. Our pedagogy includes the engagement of students in interactive dialog, internet research on the web, networking opportunities with industry, government, and academic professionals that are knowledgeable and well experienced in the field of P2, the twelve principles of Green Chemistry and the principles of Green Engineering. In addition, laboratory exercises will be conducted in order to facilitate the learning of organic chemistry. The students’ understanding of the learning objectives of organic chemistry will be assessed and compared to other sections taught without the incorporation of the green principles. Students’ understanding of the green chemistry will also be assessed through both formative and summative assessment tools. The class will be assessed through peer review by the chemistry and engineering faculty. Development of this course is supported by Michigan Pollution Prevention Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) Internship Program, administered by the Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Science and Services Division.


In a national workshop, Exploring Opportunities in Green Chemistry and Engineering Education: A workshop summary to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable, sponsored by the National Research Council, environmental leaders agreed that Green Chemistry must be incorporated into the undergraduate engineering curriculum. They proposed that an introductory Green Chemistry lecture/laboratory course is vital to future engineers and scientists. 1 In support of this finding, we have developed and taught a course entitled “Green Industrial Organic Chemistry” to advance interests in chemical sciences and address the needs of educating undergraduate engineers/scientists in the principles of Green Chemistry. Green Chemistry is defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as “the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life

Rabago-Smith, M., & Aurandt, J. (2009, June), Incorporation Of Green Principles Into Organic Chemistry For Engineers Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4984

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