Mary Kirchhoff, PhD , American Chemical Society
Experts in green chemistry and sustainable energy presented lectures on a variety of topics, including greener fossil fuels, oil sands, polyolefins, hydrogen storage, and greener solvents. Summer School instructors included:
Tom Baker, University of Ottawa
Eric Beckman, University of Pittsburgh
Joan Brennecke, University of Notre Dame
Askar Fahr, ACS Petroleum Research Fund
Murray Gray, University of Alberta
Philip Jessop, Queen’s University
Mary Kirchhoff, American Chemical Society
Bruce Lennox, McGill University
CJ Li, McGill University
Audrey Moores, McGill University
Bob Peoples, ACS Green Chemistry Institute®
Don Schulz, ExxonMobil
Student groups learned the importance of metrics as they assessed alternate routes to the same target molecule in order to determine the greenest synthesis. Students presented their analysis to the entire group, using metrics such as bioaccumulation, ozone depletion potential, global warming potential, and persistence. Participants conducted experiments that represented greener alternatives to traditional labs, including the CO2 extraction of D-limonene from orange rind; the synthesis of divanillin; a solventless aldol condensation; and a series of Diels-Alder reactions conducted in different solvents.
Poster sessions provided an additional opportunity for students to share their research and gain insights into greener approaches to research. The final session of the Summer School was a proposal writing workshop presented by Dr. Askar Fahr of the ACS Petroleum Research Fund. One student noted that the workshop provided “valuable insight into the intimidating world of obtaining independent funding.” The schedule for the Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy, along with a list of the posters presented, is included in this report.
Summer School participants completed a survey at the end of the program, and the students overwhelmingly rated the content of the program as “satisfactory”, as opposed to “too easy” or “too hard”. In response to the statement, “The best thing about the course was…”, students offered the following observations:
Students provided suggestions for improving the program, such as including more industrial speakers and providing homework assignments in advance of the Summer School. Participants also suggested topics, such as solar cell technology, enzymatic reactions, and green polymer synthesis, for future Summer Schools.
Transportation, housing, and meal expenses were higher than usual for the Summer School given the location in Montréal. The total cost of the 2011 program was
|$112,328.06. $100,000 of these costs was charged to PRF, with the remaining costs allocated to funds remaining from previous programs.|
|Student and instructor transportation||$51,355.15|
|Instructor housing||$ 9,313.00|