Project Details Examples of the introduction of sustainable development as well as green industrial processes for Secondary School Chemistry and Introductory Chemistry

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21 October 2020
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Secondary education is beginning to take note of sustainable development and green chemistry. Discussing the twelve principles and doing some calculations is no problem for most of the students. Finding good examples of industrial processes that have become ‘greener’ or were made green are less available for teachers in secondary education. The same applies to process in which sustainable development pays a role.

The objective of this project is to present 10 to 12 examples of industrial processes that have become GREEN, or have implemented sustainable development, including the thoughts and ideas and considerations that took place in the design of the process. The examples will be written up as articles for a special issue of Chemistry Teacher International.


In secondary education, as well as in introductory chemistry courses in higher education more and more attention is given to the principles of green chemistry, as well as the ideas of sustainable development. This includes design principles like ‘cradle to cradle’, cradle to grave’ as well as life cycle analysis. The general ideas are not that difficult to grasp, but concrete examples about the way these principles are used in industry are not readily available, apart from two examples, adipic acid production and aspirin production.

In close cooperation between three standing committees, COCI (industry), CCE (education), CHEMRAWN (Applied World Needs), as well as the Chemistry and the Environment Division and the Chemistry and Human Health Division,  members will work together on describing ten industrial processes, in which Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development principles have played a major role in the final design of the process. Chemistry Teacher International will be the ideal platform to share these descriptions with secondary education.

The role of the Task Group is to coordinate and find authors willing to write the articles for the special issue. The task group members will approach their own committees to identify possible subjects and authors. Preferably each potential author should submit an abstract of maximum 250 words. The task group will meet virtually and when necessary in order to keep the (writing) momentum going.


October 2020 update – During the first virtual meeting, the task group reviewed the call for papers and decided how to distribute the call. Decision about the subjects to be included in the special issue based on the abstracts submitted will be done in late January 2021.

Invitation – Articles demonstrating the way the principles of green chemistry and sustainable development have been applied in the discussed process are being invited. The article can include design principles, calculations, schemes and illustrations to help make the process clear. The length of the article will be about 5000 words.

We would like to ask you to submit an abstract (no longer than one page) in which you describe the process you wish to use as the main subject of an article for ‘Chemistry Teacher International’. You can send the abstract to by 1 Dec 2020.


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