Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the practice of designing materials that reduce or eliminate the production of hazardous materials. During this program students will explore the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and learn how this philosophy is changing the culture in chemical research and industry.
This summer academic program focuses on practical applications of chemistry theory, such as safety and toxicity analysis of products, application of biomimicry to material and product development, and biodiesel synthesis from vegetable oil. Through guided lab activities, students will practice the process of developing an experiment, focusing on the importance of background research prior to developing an experimental design, how to incorporate effective controls, and the importance of demonstrating repeatability in results. This pre-college program culminates in individual research papers and presentations. This program is great for gifted teens considering a chemistry or environmental science major.
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'I liked the concept of green chemistry as a lens that Ann incorporated throughout the program. Through listening to her teach, it was clear that she really knew her chemistry. She was knowledgeable and helpful about labs and our independent research program.'
'I liked learning about a different part of green chemistry everyday and applying the principles of green chemistry to the labs we were doing. Ann and Russell were great. They are both so knowledgeable in chemistry and were always able to answer my questions.'
'The program was really informative and interesting and that’s hard to happen regularly. So that’s great! We did so many experiments which is a really good way to get the information easily and fun. Mrs. Lambert was really nice, helpful and have enough knowledge to answer all our questions. She’s a great teacher...'
'Mrs. Lambert’s approach to green chemistry was extremely enjoyable... The focus on creating a presentation at the end was an engaging experience.'
"I liked that we learned about green chemical innovations and then applied those concepts in the lab. It was interesting to learn about these solutions, recreate them, and then test how they compared to the commercial product. I also like the field trips we went on."
"In the chemistry program, we learned a lot about green chemistry and sustainability. We also take in the context of the 12 principles of chemistry and have hands-on experiences inside the labs, including those on the field trips. Our teacher is nice and always ready to help us with our materials."
"I liked that the program involved a lot of lab work. We covered a wide range of topics as well, and got a good understanding of how green chemistry applies to many other fields. I liked the field trips to MIT and Beyond Benign too, where we could see real research in progress."
“I appreciated the daily lab work and working with chemicals. I appreciated learning about the 12 principles of green chemistry and how different industries were applying these concepts to their work and products. The field trips were wonderful and I appreciated seeing how chemistry(and esp green chemistry) is being used in the world right at this moment. These helped in my motivation to pursue green chemistry and material science.”
“Chemistry Research is a fascinating program that introduced us to the study of green chemistry. In this program we studied real-world problems in the eyes of a chemist, balancing both academics and experimentation. Professor Ann Lambert provided great insight into the world of green chemistry and was supportive throughout the journey.”
“I really enjoyed this program because it gave me good insight into what working as a chemistry research scientist is like. I enjoyed how much lab time we had and that we did a variety of activities and learned about a variety of topics. This gave me a good taste of a wide array of scientific topics. I thought that my teachers were engaging and knowledgeable.”