Beyond Benign


Design for Biodegradability

By understanding how the structure of a molecule impacts its function, such as ability to degrade in the environment, chemists can design chemical products that have reduced impacts on humans and the environment. These brief lessons introduce design rules for biodegradability and provide instructors discussion questions that link toxicology concepts directly to organic chemistry concepts, such as alkanes and carbon branching, and electrophilic aromatic substitution.

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