Green Chemistry: The New Norm
“I want this planet to be respected, and I want to make a difference by helping students understand that chemistry is not antithetical to sustainability, but rather, the means to a sustainable planet.”
That’s the motivation behind Anne Marteel-Parrish’s textbook, Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability, released by Wiley in November 2013.
Marteel-Parrish, an associate professor of chemistry who holds the inaugural Frank Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry, spent every spare moment over the past five years working on the book project that covers introductory concepts in general, organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry as well as biochemistry. It also integrates such concepts as greenhouse gas potential, alternative and renewable energy, solvent selection and recovery, and ecotoxicity. Students learn how to design chemical products and processes that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.
To help introduce basic concepts of chemical engineering, Marteel-Parrish enlisted co-author Martin Abraham, Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Youngstown State University in Ohio. The two met at the University of Toledo, where Marteel-Parrish earned her doctoral degree in chemistry with a concentration in materials science.
“There’s no other textbook like this that brings together the principles of green chemistry, highlights of applications derived from green chemistry, and discussions of the impact of green chemistry on society,” Marteel-Parrish says. “I wanted to write a story with a logical flow in a way that connects the dots for students.” The target audience is first- and second-year students taking general chemistry and introductory engineering classes; she hopes to produce a companion lab manual in the not-too-distant future.
“I love to design new courses and new experiments,” says Marteel-Parrish, who recently submitted an article on a redesigned course in green chemistry education; she is advocating a green chemistry experience for Washington College students.