CHEM 4601 -- Changes

Fri Feb 19 10:19:44 2010

Proposal Changes: New:  lec T/Th, 1hr 15min; course added 1/28/10

environmental theme proposed by Prof. Tolman 2/18/10
Old:  lec T/Th, 1hr 15min; course added 1/28/10
Sponsor Name:
New:  William Tolman
Sponsor E-mail Address:
this course fulfills:
New:  ENV - ENV Environment
Criteria for
Theme Courses:
Describe how the course meets the specific bullet points for the proposed theme requirement. Give concrete and detailed examples for the course syllabus, detailed outline, laboratory material, student projects, or other instructional materials or methods.

Theme courses have the common goal of cultivating in students a number of habits of mind:
  • thinking ethically about important challenges facing our society and world;
  • reflecting on the shared sense of responsibility required to build and maintain community;
  • connecting knowledge and practice;
  • fostering a stronger sense of our roles as historical agents.

New:  1. The principles of green chemistry raise important ethical questions about the responsibility of scientists to address societal concerns in their work. These questions will be directly addressed in discussions of the principles of green chemistry, as well as in the case studies of how these principles have and have not been applied.

2. Green chemistry directly impacts the environment, public health, and public policy in ways that will be directly addressed in the course.

3. Through detailed analysis of case studies drawn from the literature, how green chemistry principles have been and continue to be applied to industrial processes will be emphasized.

4. The case studies will emphasize the role chemists have played both in causing environmental problems in the past and in addressing these problems through development of new approaches.

5. The course will cover the the development of new, clean methods for chemical process that currently generate large volumes of (toxic) waste. This is of major significance in the chemical industry.

6. The number of chemicals produced that are used either directly or indirectly by human society is immense and the course will cover how these chemicals and materials impact our environment and society.

7. The course will introduce and emphasize the chemical principles behind an array of environmental issues associated with green chemistry.

8. The course will include a public policy component, which is planned to involve direct interaction/collaboration with the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Humphrey Institute.

9. This will be a central part of the course and the students will leave equipped with the tools to critically assess the green-ness of chemical processes.

10. The course will touch on this topic through discussion of green chemistry principles and the public policy framework.
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Please provide a provisional syllabus for new courses and courses in which changes in content and/or description and/or credits are proposed that include the following information: course goals and description; format/structure of the course (proposed number of instructor contact hours per week, student workload effort per week, etc.); topics to be covered; scope and nature of assigned readings (texts, authors, frequency, amount per week); required course assignments; nature of any student projects; and how students will be evaluated.

The University policy on credits is found under Section 4A of "Standards for Semester Conversion" at . Provisional course syllabus information will be retained in this system until new syllabus information is entered with the next major course modification, This provisional course syllabus information may not correspond to the course as offered in a particular semester.

New:  Electronic Copy of the Syllabus sent to Laurel Carroll

CHEM 4601, ¿Green Chemistry,¿ Spring 2011 (3 credits)

Overview: Green chemistry has been defined as ¿the utilization of a set of principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products.¿  After discussing this and other definitions, this course will survey key aspects of green chemistry in modern research and development both in academia and industry, as well as relevant implications for the environment, technology, and public policy. Case studies will be emphasized that illustrate the use of alternative feedstocks, reagents, and reaction media, recent developments in environmentally benign catalysis and synthetic methods, and broader considerations of energy utilization, government regulation, and the impacts on biogeochemical processes. In addition to the assigned textbooks, source material will include primary literature.
Instructors: Prof. William Tolman and Prof. Marc Hillmyer
Meeting Times: T/Th, 1hr 15min slot TBD
Pre-requisites: Senior status (as defined by credits), chemistry major
Grading: One midterm exam (in class, week 8, 100 points), Writing Assignment (due week 11, 100 points), Poster Presentation (due week 15, 100 points), Final Exam (100 points). Note: the poster presentation will be a group project, involving the preparation and oral presentation of a professional-quality poster on a topic in green chemistry.
Office hours: Yes. TBD
Scholastic Dishonesty Policy: ¿Scholastic dishonesty is any act that violates the rights of another student with respect to academic work or that involves misrepresentation of a student's own work. Scholastic dishonesty includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing (misrepresenting as one's own anything done by another), submitting the same or substantially similar papers (or creative work) for more than one course without consent of all instructors concerned, depriving another of necessary course materials, and sabotaging another's work.¿ ¿ Classroom Grading and Examination Procedures, College of Liberal Arts.
A student guilty of scholastic dishonesty will be awarded a grade of zero (0) for the work involved and that score will not be dropped in calculating the final course grade. Furthermore, the incident will be reported to the Scholastic Conduct Committee of the college in which the student is enrolled.
Texts: Lancaster, M. Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text; The Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, UK, 2002, and Anastas, P. T.; Warner, J. C. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice; Oxford University Press: New York, 1998.

Class Schedule:
Week        Topic        Primary Reading*
1        Introduction, Principles & Concepts of Green Chemistry        Lancaster, Chapter 1
2        Historical context: The Greening of Chemistry       
3        Waste: Production, Problems, Prevention         Lancaster, Chapter 2
4        Measuring and Controlling Environmental Performance        Lancaster, Chapter 3
5        Catalysis and Green Chemistry: Introduction, Basics of Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis        Lancaster, Chapter 4
6        Catalysis and Green Chemistry: Oxidations and Reductions        Lancaster, Chapter 4
7        Catalysis and Green Chemistry: C-C Bond Formation        Lancaster, Chapter 4
8        Organic Solvents: Environmentally Benign Solutions (Focus on Water and Ionic Liquids)        Lancaster, Chapter 5
9        Organic Solvents: Environmentally Benign Solutions (Focus on fluorous solvents and supercritical CO2)        Lancaster, Chapter 5
10        Renewable Resources: What¿s Available?        Lancaster, Chapter 6
11        Renewable Resources: Chemicals from Biomass        Lancaster, Chapter 6
12        Sustainable Polymers: The Case of Polylactide       
13        Sustainable Polymers: Using CO2 and other feedstocks       
14        Green Chemistry and Public Policy       
15        Poster Presentations       
* Additional readings TBA.
Additional Resources
¿        Chem. Rev. 2007, 107, 2167-2820 (special issue on Green Chemistry)
¿        Ahluwalia, V. K. Green Chemistry: Environmentally Benign Reactions; CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 2008.
¿        Ahluwalia, V. K.; Kidwai, M. New Trends in Green Chemistry; Kluwer Academic: Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2004.
¿        Anastas, P.; Horvath, I. T. Chem. Rev. 2007, 107, 2169-2173.
¿        Anastas, P. T.; Kirchhoff, M. M. Acc. Chem. Res. 2002, 35, 686-694.
¿        Anastas, P. T.; Warner, J. C. Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice; Oxford University Press: New York, 1998.
¿        Renewables-Based Technology: Sustainability Assessment; Dewulf, J.; Langenhove, H. V., Eds.; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Chichester, UK, 2006.
¿        Doble, M.; Kruthiventi, A. K. Green Chemistry and Engineering; Elsevier: Burlington, MA, 2007.
¿        Lancaster, M. Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text; The Royal Society of Chemistry: Cambridge, UK, 2002.
¿        Manahan, S. E. Green Chemistry and the Ten Commandments of Sustainability; ChemChar Research, Inc.: Columbia, Missouri, 2005.
¿        Sheldon, R. A.; Arends, I.; Hanefeld, U. Green Chemistry and Catalysis; Wiley-VCH: Weinheim, 2007.
¿        Renewable Resources: Scope and Modificaiton for Non-Food Applications; Stevens, C. V.; Verhé, R. G., Eds.; John Wiley & Sons Ltd.: West Sussex, 2004.
¿        Methods and Reagents for Green Chemistry: An Introduction; Tundo, P.; Perosa, A.; Zecchini, F., Eds.; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2007.

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