This fall North Central is offering a green chemistry course for the first time. Paul Brandt, professor of chemistry and chair of chemistry and physics, will be teaching the CHM 430 Special Topics: Green Chemistry course, which focuses on the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. He will use resources such as the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards and primary literature to educate his students and help them develop an hour-long lecture/presentation on one aspect of Green Chemistry.
As defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Such sustainable technologies provide benefits, including safer products, reduced use of energy, resources and waste, and improved competitiveness within the market.
The course is designed to be research-based, including a conversion of used vegetable oil from Kaufman Dining Hall into biodiesel. Students will be asked to focus on lab work they may have participated in earlier in their curriculum and learn how to “green it up.”