EDUCATION: Cleaning Up Chemistry

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Science  08 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5732, pp. 225b
DOI: 10.1126/science.309.5732.225b

Today, even chemists who can't keep their lawn alive can have a green thumb. Green chemistry is a growing movement to reduce industry's use of hazardous raw materials and release of noxious byproducts. Teachers looking for lab and classroom resources on green chemistry can drop by this new directory from the University of Oregon, Eugene. The site links to lab procedures, tutorials, and Environmental Protection Agency software for identifying green chemicals and reactions. For example, a novel procedure for bleaching paper replaces chlorine—which spawns toxins such as dioxin—with hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down into water and oxygen. Listings also include abstracts of articles in the Journal of Chemical Education.

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