Green Chemistry

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ANTIFOULANTS (Marine Pesticides) 


    Daryle Busch, president of the American Chemical Society said "Green chemistry represents the pillars that hold up our sustainable future.  It is imperative to teach the value of green chemistry to tomorrow's chemists.”

    Because green chemistry is rapidly becoming the wave of the future, it is very important that students are exposed to green chemistry in many courses across their chemistry curriculum.  These green chemistry modules were developed for the purpose of inserting green chemistry into specific courses encompassing the chemistry curriculum.  It is our hope that other instructors will use these modules as models for infusing green chemistry into their courses.  We encourage instructors to use, modify and copy them according to their needs for educational purposes, however any commercial use is prohibited unless permission of the authors is granted.  We ask that you let us know when and how you use them ( This will aid us in the assessment of the outcomes of this project.

    In order to use the modules we suggest that you first have your students read the Introduction to Green Chemistry and then the specific module for your course.  You may then want to discuss this material in class.  To aid you in presenting the material in class each module is equipped with a set of Power Point slides.

    Although each module was developed for a particular course we encourage instructors to peruse all the modules and find ways to infuse additional green chemistry into all the courses you teach.  Other efforts to bring green chemistry into the classroom can be found at greenchemistry.html

    This module is primarily adapted for use in an Environmental Chemistry course.  In addition this module may also be of interest in Freshman Chemistry (half-life, solubility and concentration units), Biochemistry (biodegradation) and Toxicology (acute toxicity, chronic toxicity, biodegradation). 
    In Environmental Chemistry this module can be inserted into a discussion on pesticides.  Preceding the insertion of the module the following topics should be discussed:

  •   Acute and chronic toxicity
  •   Bioconcentration (bioaccumulation) and biomagnification 
  •   Biodegradation
  •   Partition coefficients (e.g. Kow
  •   A general discussion of pesticides 
  •   Insecticides (e.g. organochlorines, organophosphates, carbamates) 
  •   Herbicides (e.g. phenoxy herbicides and triazines)



    An excellent discussion of insecticides and herbicides can be found in: Baird, Colin. Environmental Chemistry, 2nd edition; W. H. Freeman: New York, 1999. 

    Insertion of the module during a discussion of water pollution is also encouraged.

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