Apr 20th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Going Green at Boise State University

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Owen McDougal


The Idaho State Board of Education has sponsored Boise State University in their attempt to establish a “Green Team” with the mission of promoting sustainability on campus and throughout the greater community through stewardship, teaching, and outreach. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry implemented an organic laboratory curriculum, with financial support provided by the Technology Incentive Grant program, that minimizes exposure to and generation of chemical hazards, while at the same time, maximizing the use of stateof- the-art instrumentation. Four new laboratory experiments have been introduced into the organic curriculum that emphasize a “green theme” with several others incorporating state-of-the-art instrumentation including a chemical microwave, IR with ATR device, GC, GC-MS, and 1H/13C NMR. The curriculum evolution to date includes the greening of traditional experiments to address the fundamental topics of chromatography, computational chemistry, distillation, and microscale setup.