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Instructor Info:Rayane Moreira
Office Extension x5615
Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Cole Science Center 333
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Cole Science Center 333
Description: The technology on which we currently rely for materials, medicines, and energy is highly polluting, and it is increasingly urgent that we replace it with environmentally benign alternatives. Green Chemistry is a field that aims to redesign production processes to eliminate the production of hazardous waste as well as the societal use of materials causing environmental or health problems. This daunting goal makes for a correspondingly diverse and difficult set of research problems; current areas of research range from the design of perfectly efficient chemical reactions to the implementation of renewable materials to the elimination of polluting organic solvents to the replacement of plastics with green, biodegradable biopolymers. Nonetheless, all these goals can be understood and tackled using the tools of organic chemistry. This course will examine Green Chemistry from a societal as well as a detailed chemical perspective, with readings ranging from McDonough and Braungart's "Cradle to Cradle" and Paul Anastas' "Green Chemistry" to key papers in the chemical research literature. We will devote special attention to the central role of catalysis and catalyst design in achieving all the goals of Green Chemistry. Class meetings will be devoted to student- and instructor-led discussion of readings as well as problem solving sessions in which we will use synthetic and mechanistic organic chemistry to grapple with outstanding issues and collaboratively design our own solutions. Students will also complete a project on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I