Beyond Benign

Who's Committed

Seton Hall University

Signing Date
South Orange, New Jersey

The Center for Applied Catalysis (recently renamed the Center for Applied Catalysis and Green Chemistry – CACGC) at Seton Hall University has been incorporating the tenets of Green Chemistry into its research initiatives in conjunction with industrial partners for close to 50 years. With the goal of enriching our academic curriculum through a greater emphasis on sustainability and stewardship, the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry unanimously approved adopting the principles of Green Chemistry as our organizing paradigm in 2018. With our strong commitment to rigorous academic standards and preparing our students to function effectively as scientists at all levels of expertise, we envision Green Chemistry as a set of unifying principles that will serve to connect our faculty and students with the broader academic and industrial communities while fitting comfortably within the overarching mission of the university as a whole.

Faculty Size
Primary Contact
David Laviska ,
Chemistry Degrees Offered

Chemistry B.S., Chemistry M.S., Chemistry, Ph.D., Biochemistry B.S.

Implementation of Green Chemistry

General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Faculty Research, Student Research

Student Groups

ACS Student Chapter

Short term goals:
1.) Implement entirely green(er) lab curriculum throughout our organic chemistry sequences (on-going).
2.) Implement green(er) lab experiences for students in General Chemistry while also incorporating the tenets within the traditional lecture material.
3.) Initiate both undergraduate and graduate student research projects that directly relate to the tenets of Green Chemistry and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (on-going).
Long term goals:
1.) Establish summer internships for chemistry students with local industries who value the principles of Green Chemistry.
2.) Establish a “Green Chemistry Certification” as a distinction for undergraduates who satisfy an appropriate set of requirements.
3.) Propagate our initiative across the campus by collaborating with other departments/colleges (several longer term initiatives are in progress).
Resources Used

Journals (especially J. Chem. Educ.) plus a variety of books, including “Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools, and Laboratory Experiments” by Doxsee and Hutchison.