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Wednesday, April 22 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
The New Chemistry: Solutions for the 21st Century

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Over the centuries, Chemistry has fostered both incredible and numerous innovations, but in the past, the focus of Chemistry has always been in creating new products, increasing existing product yields, and increasing profits. However, this focus never addressed the factors and side effects which led to the myriad of challenges humans now face -- climate change, oceanic acidification, toxic waste, air pollution, and more. Industry, Academia, and the Government are finally beginning to agree: the Earth is not immune to the chemicals we use, and so we must transform the way we practice and teach Chemistry, or we must face the consequences. The “New” Chemistry is a more holistic approach that involves using nontoxic reagents and products, a greater accountability of long-term product affects, and innovative syntheses that minimize or eliminate material and energy waste. This plan demonstrates how New Chemistry can be integrated into our undergraduate laboratories and lecture programs, provide students with a more competitive edge in the workforce, further incentivize undergraduate work in sustainable synthesis, and help serve as a solution to many of the increasingly complex challenges humanity faces. It also explores the establishment of “The New Chemistry Toolkit”, which will provide students and professors with an open source of toxicological information, alternative chemistry metrics, and alternative solvents and reagent database to use with their own research and projects. We will apply New Chemistry metrics on a few current syntheses taught in our undergraduate laboratories in order to demonstrate and evaluate the true efficacy of New Chemistry syntheses, which establishes a starting point used for the stepwise redesign of current undergraduate chemistry courses

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Wednesday April 22, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Wilma Sherrill Center Grimes Atrium