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Anne Marteel-Parrish

Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Education
  • B.S., Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (France)
  • Engineering Degree in Materials Science, Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Lille (France)
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry with concentration in Materials Science, University of Toledo, OH
Research

Materials Chemistry and Green Chemistry

Teaching

What Am I Interested In Teaching?

Chemistry and technologies have contributed in countless ways to improve our way of living and have helped lead to a prosperous economy. At the same time “chemophobia” exists because of the bad image associated with the toxicity of chemicals. This paradox can be overcome if we think about a focus on green chemistry education and applying it to research with a sustainable development. Why don’t we stop blaming chemistry and instead use chemistry to contribute to a greener and sustainable world? Let’s stop talking and take action!

I have always believed that motivation is the key to success. To increase the thirst for new knowledge, I use educational tools to communicate my passion for chemistry. To make the lectures attractive and interesting I involve the students in discussions concerning new discoveries in chemistry and the environment. I incorporate Green Chemistry whenever the topic is appropriate. The students realize that they can contribute to pollution prevention by themselves and they feel responsible, which is the first step towards the “greening” of their minds.

A special topics course on “Towards the Greening of Our minds” is offered every other Spring at Washington College. See the following publication:

Marteel-Parrish, A.E. “Towards the Greening of Our Minds: A New Special Topics Course” in J. Chem. Ed., 2007, 84(2), 245-247.

Anne Marteel-Parrish received the  Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching  on May 16, 2010.