The students will own at the end of the course: -A functional understanding of the field of green chemistry. -A working understanding of the 12 principles of green chemistry. -An understanding of several real world examples where organizations used green chemistry to improve the sustainability performance of their products. -An appreciation of how the practice of green chemistry enhances competitiveness, innovation and faster time to market.
Green Chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. While there are many mechanisms and tools available to assess the impact of materials and processes on human health and the environment, there are still far less tools available to help design and create products as such. This course will present the fundamentals of the 12 principles of green chemistry, and explore relevant examples of research and development (R&D, e.g. in catalysis) and their practical use in commercial applications. This course will explore examples from a wide spectrum of practical sectors of utmost importance including construction, personal care, pharmaceuticals and electronics. Through examples, students will be presented with the premise that green chemistry offers organizations a boost to innovation and faster time to market. Course content will include lectures, readings and virtual site visits to the Warner Babcock Institute and other labs for Green Chemistry.