Course Syllabus for English-Taught Majors

The Progress in Green Chemistry

 Course Syllabus


Course Code09040013

Course CategoryMajor Selective

MajorsIntensive training class


Total Hours18 Hours         Credit2

Lecture Hours2 Hours 

Instructors, Xinming Li

TextbooksTeaching materials


1.Stanley E. Manahan. 2006. Green Chemistry and the Ten Commandments of Sustainability. ChemChar Research, Inc Publishers, Columbia, Missouri U.S.A.

2. Mike Lancaster.2002. Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text. Green Chemistry Network, University of York.

Teaching Aim

This class provides an introductory treatment of the design, development, and evaluation processes central to Green Chemistry. As a major elective course, it takes a broad view of the subject and integrates a wide variety of approaches. Topics include alternative feedstocks, environmentally benign syntheses, design of safer chemical products, new reaction conditions, alternative solvents and catalyst development, and the use of biosynthesis and biomimetic principles. It introduces new evaluation processes that encompass the complete health and environmental impact of a synthesis, from the choice of starting materials to the final product. Throughout, this class can provide specific examples which compare the new methods with classical ones and illustrate the importance of green chemistry processes.


Class 1: what is green chemistry and its basic building blocks 
1.1 What is green chemistry and its objectives
1.2 Green chemistry metrics and its basic principles
Class 2: Reactants can be used in green synthesis
2.1 Dimethyl Carbonate
2.2 Carbon Dioxide
2.3 O2
2.4 Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)
2.5 Biomass (cellulose, lactic acid, 1,3-propanediol, glycerol )
Class 3: Green solvents for green chemistry
3.1 Water
3.2 Supercritical fluids
3.3 Ionic liquids
3.4 Polyethylene glycol
Class 4: Catalysts for green reactions
      4.1 Homogeneous catalyst
      4.2 Heterogeneous catalyst
      4.3 Biocatalyst
Class 5: Techniques for green chemistry to achieve highly efficient reactions
5.1 Current measures adopted to reduce cost and environmental impact
5.2 Photochemical reactions
5.3 Chemistry with microwaves
5.4 Sonochemistry
5.5 Electrochemical synthesis
Class 6: Designing green process
6.1Conventional Reactors
      6.2 Inherently Safer Design
Class 7: Renewable Resources and feedstocks
7.1 Renewable resources
7.2 Chemicals from feedstocks
Class 8: The future's green: an integrated approach to a greener chemical industry

8.1 Society and sustainability

8.2 Barriers and Drivers

8.3 The role of legislation

8.4 Green chemical supply strategies


Assessment Methods

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Made byXinming Li,                                  Date: 19, Oct. 2016