The objective of these experiments is to apply the principles of
pollution prevention through the application of Green Chemistry. Green
chemistry has been defined as the utilization of a set of principles
that reduces and/or eliminates the use/generation of hazardous
substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical
products as outlined in the " Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry "
developed by Paul Anastas and John Warner in 1998. Besides teaching
chemistry, we would like to provide the students an insights into
material and energy consumption. We believe that the microwave chemistry
based student experiments represent innovativeness, speed, process
efficiency, and will enhance the chemistry curriculum by connecting
science to the important issue of sustainability.
The Project was undertaken in connection with a settlement of an
enforcement action taken by United States Environmental Protection
Agency against New Jersey Institute of Technology.