Enter Search Term

Lesson Two: The Definition of Green Chemistry


The following questions are meant to give you an idea of this lesson's main learning objectives.  If you feel comfortable answering these questions without reviewing your notes, then you are on your way to understanding the content of this lesson.

  • What is Paul Anastas’ classic definition of green chemistry?
  • How must green chemists use this definition to create new chemical products and processes?
  • How is the current education of chemists at odds with the definition of green chemistry?
  • Are there other definitions of green chemistry?  If so, then how are they different from Anastas’ definition?

Creative Thinking Challenges

  1. Consider chlorine as a pollutant that is hazardous to both the environment and human health.  How might the Twelve Principles be used to change processes that currently use chlorine use into those that are more sustainable?
  2. What are the potential differences between how the field of chemistry looks now, and how it might change if green chemistry becomes more prevalent?  Specifically, how might your field change?

If you have completed this Review, and are ready to take the Quiz for this module, please click on the "Quiz" button in the menu on the right of this page. If you aren't taking this course for credit, or wish to skip the Quiz, then click the "Next" button below to go on to the next module.