Financial Support

PHASE 2 – 2016-'17-'18

Green Chemistry

Chemistry – Chemical Engineering – Environmental Studies

Project Summary

The GC project brought together faculty and graduate students from chemistry, chemical engineering, and environmental science to explore the materials, methods, and environmental impacts associated with recycling/processing strategies such as carbon capture, reverse osmosis, and rare-earth metals separation. They conducted literature reviews on these processes, then created video-lectures and live presentations to demonstrate for Chemistry undergraduates the real-world situations wherein fundamental knowledge of chemical processes can be used to analyze and address pressing environmental issues. The project's members then continued to explore literature on plastics degradation in marine environments, which will lead to a critical review of literature and original laboratory research on degradation of marine plastics under ultraviolet light.


FACULTY INVESTIGATORS

Mahdi Abu-Omar
(Chemical Engineering)

Sangwon Suh
(Industrial ecologist: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management)

Susannah Scott
(Chemistry; Chemical Engineering)


Fellows

Ali Chamas
 (Chemistry)

Jun Hee Jang
 (Chemical Engineering)

Hyunjin Moon
(Chemical Engineering)

Tarnuma Tabassum
(Chemistry)

Danny Zeng
(Chemical Engineering)


Other Key Participants

Graduate Students

Yang Qiu
(Industrial ecologist: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management)

 Jiajia Zheng
(Industrial ecologist: Bren School of Environmental Science & Management)

Parker Stow
(Chemistry)

Zhifang Du
(Chemistry)