One of the central challenges of our time is to develop strategies that lead to the sustainable use of our resources. Chemistry plays an essential role in such developments and therefore needs to be considered part of solutions rather than limiting the discipline to the adverse effects of anthropogenic compounds and materials. Both aspects are covered in current research in the faculty ranging from new materials needed for the transition of our energy system or in water purification via detection of contaminants to understanding aquatic ecosystems and finally the education of becoming chemistry teachers. To further strengthen the education of students in the area we aim for an integration of the principles of Green Chemistry in our curricula.
Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.S., Chemistry M.S., Chemistry, Ph.D., Water Science, B. S., Water Science M. S.
Integrated: Integrating green chemistry throughout the lectures and labs instead of having an independent green chemistry or toxicology course., Independent Course: Create a green chemistry and/or toxicology independent course. This can be an elective course or a mandatory course within the major., Research: Incorporate green chemistry into student research. Students can better understand the difference and benefits in greener vs. traditional methods., Outreach: Student chemistry clubs or other departmental groups perform K-12 outreach or department events on campus using green chemistry related activities.
In the process of being compiled. We will update existing courses to strengthen implementation of Green Chemistry principles.
1) P. Anastas, J. C. Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, 2020, Oxford University Press
2) M. Koller, Green Chemistry, 2018
3) V. K. Ahluwalia, Green Chemistry: Environmentally Benign Reactions, 3rd ed. 2021 Edition, Springer
4) M. Lancaster, Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text, 3. Edition 2020, Royal Society of Chemistry