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University Curriculum - Section Two

You can find the Course Syllabus and a description of the course on the page "University Curriculum - Section One".

Additional Materials, including a grading worksheet and the PowerPoint Template can be found at the end of the page "University Curriculum - Section Three".

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Lecture 9 - Sustainability
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Lesson Plan 9: Sustainability
In this lecture students will learn about what Sustainability is and the common misconceptions among individuals today. The lecture covers the typical myths about Sustainability and provides evidence to justify. Furthermore, the lecture will cover the importance on sustainability in business and the various methods in which green chemistry positively effects business operations.
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Presentation 9: Sustainability
  • Sustainability – Myths and Facts

  • Society, Economy, and the Environment

  • Business and Sustainability

    • Applying Green Chemistry to Management

  • Different Models of Sustainability

Lecture 10 - Life Cycle Assessment
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Lesson Plan 10: Life Cycle Assessment
In this lecture students will learn about Life Cycle Assessment. The lecture covers the standard framework, theory and real examples of Life Cycle Assessment. LCA is complex process and the purpose of this class is to introduce them to the importance and strengths of performing Life Cycle Assessments.
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Presentation 10: Life Cycle Assessment
  • Life Cycle Thinking and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

    • LCA Example: Laundry Detergent

  • LCA and Green Chemistry

  • LCA examples and discussions:

    • An example: i-STAT blood analyzing device

    • An example: Styrofoam take-out container

Lecture 11 - Renewable Feedstocks
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Lesson Plan 11: Renewable Feedstocks
In this class students will learn about renewable feedstocks. More specifically, the lecture will focus on what a renewable feedstock is and the criteria necessary to identify appropriate materials for future feedstock.
Presentation 11: Renewable Feedstocks
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  • What is a Feedstock?

    • Renewable vs. Depleting

    • Current feedstock consumption

  • Types of Renewable Feedstocks

    • CO2

    • Biomass

    • Agricultural

  • Industrial Applications

  • Challenges and Opportunities

Bakery Waste to Chemicals
Bio-based Polycarbonate
Food Waste Biomass
Polymers of Limone Oxide
Ultrasonic and Catalyst Free Expodiation of Limonene
Lecture 12 - Renewable Feedstocks for Energy
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Lesson Plan 12: Renewable Feedstocks for Energy
In this lecture students will learn about the role chemistry has on providing a sustainable future. The lecture covers the topic of energy and more sustainable approaches for energy consumption.
Presentation 12: Renewable Feedstocks for Energy
  • Petroleum industry

    • Energy sources

    • Energy consumption & demand

    • Meeting the future energy demands

  • Biofuels

    • First Generation

      • Corn-based ethanol

      • Biodiesel

    • Second generation biofuels

      • Cellulosics, oils, grasses

    • Third and Fourth generation biofuels

      • Algae

Lecture 13 - Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry
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Lesson Plan 13: Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry
In this class students will learn about successful Green Chemistry technologies that have been awarded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Students will have the opportunity to research previous winners and discuss with their fellow classmates.
Presentation 13: Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry
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  • What are the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards?

    • Award Categories

  • PGCCA Case Studies:

    • 2016: Newlight Technologies, AirCarbon: Greenhouse Gas Transformed into High-Performance Thermoplastic

    • 2012: Buckman International, Inc.: Enzymes Reduce the Energy and Wood Fiber Required to Manufacture High-Quality Paper and Paperboard

    • 2011: Professor Bruce H. Lipshutz, Towards Ending Our Dependence on Organic Solvents

    • 2008: SiGNa Chemistry, Inc.: New Stabilized Alkali Metals for Safer, Sustainable Syntheses

    • 2005: Archer Daniels Midland and Novozymes, NovaLipidTM: Low Trans Fats and Oils Produced by Enzymatic Interesterification of Vegetable Oils Using Lipozyme®

    • 2002: Pfizer re-design of Sertraline (ZOLOFT®)

    • 1996: Dow Chemical Company Designing an Environmentally Safe Marine Antifoulant

Class Activity:  Real-World Cases
Class Activity: Real-World Cases Materials
Lecture 14 - Designing for Recycling and Degradation
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Lesson Plan 14: Designing for Recycling and Degradation
In this class students will learn various processes for recycling and how to leverage it to think of the possibilities to design compounds to biodegrade.
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Presentation 14: Designing for Recycling and Degradation
  • The Waste Treatment Pyramid

  • Reduced Solvent Use

  • Waste as a Feedstock

  • Biodegradation

    • Design rules/rules of thumb for biodegradation

  • Designing Products and/or Waste to Biodegrade

Homework 3: Estimating Biodegradability
Homework 3: Answer Key
Class Exercise: Design for Biodegradability
Class Exercise: Predicting Biodegradation
Lecture 15 - Catalysis
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Lesson Plan 15: Catalysis
In this lecture students will learn about the importance of catalysis and the added benefits it provides in all levels of chemistry. Students will see how catalysts make reactions more efficient by means of the activation energy. More importantly, students will be introduced to alternative types of catalysis that Green Chemistry utilizes to create more environmentally responsible processes.
Presentation 15: Catalysis
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  • What is Catalysis?

  • Why its important and improves performance

  • Categories of Catalysis

    • Homogeneous vs. Heterogeneous

  • Greener Alternatives for Catalysis

  • Current Trends for the Next Generation of Catalysts

  • Additional applications for catalysts

Lecture 16 - Solvents: Understanding Their Role
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Lesson Plan 16: Solvents: Understanding Their Role
In this class students will learn the roles and responsibilities that solvent have in chemical transformations. The advantage and disadvantages will be discussed followed the various categories of solvent used today. After learning about the effects of solvent use, student will be introduced to the need for alternative solvents and their role in advancing technology, humans, and the environment.
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Presentation 16: Solvents: Understanding Their Role
  • Learning objectives and outcomes

  • Understanding solvents

  • Solvent selection guides

  • Strategies for solvent replacement

CHEM21 Solvent Selection Guide
Lecture 17 - Working without Solvents
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Lesson Plan 17: Working without Solvents
In this class students will learn the possibilities to perform chemical transformations without the presence of an organic solvent. Students will explore alternative methodologies ranging from supercritical fluids to solventless conditions. The goal of this lecture is to not only inform student of alternative methodologies, but to provide real example of how these approaches are used today.
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Presentation 17: Working without Solvents
  • Global Solvent Market

  • Chemistry without organic solvents

    • Supercritical Fluids

    • Ionic Liquids

    • Aqueous Chemistry

    • Solvent-Free processes

      • Mechanochemistry

Homework 4: Solvent Substitution
Homework 4: Answer Key
Reading: Solvent Free Reactivity
Reading: Review of Aqueous Organic Reactions
Lecture 18 - Exam 2
Exam 2
Exam 2 Answer Key
Class Exercise: Periodic Table Battleship Game
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