Erickson Faculty Lecture Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

February 25, 2011

Today's Faculty Lecture is Postponed Due to Inclement Weather. New Date To Be Announced.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Erickson will present this month's Faculty Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Friday, February 25, in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall.

In The Greening of the Organic Chemistry Laboratory Course at Hartwick College, Erickson will present the results of his Green Chemistry research performed with Hartwick College undergraduate students. He also will outline how it has changed the way the organic chemistry laboratory course can be taught. He will discuss factors that must be considered when attempting to green a chemical process and will include examples of chemical reactions that cannot be greened and those that have been modified according to the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry.

Erickson describes the lecture: "Organic chemical reactions and techniques are notorious for contributing to the generation of hazardous waste. Much of this is unavoidable, but it is still worthwhile to investigate methods that minimize or eliminate the use and production of hazardous materials. The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry provide a guideline to use when evaluating and designing chemical processes that can be safe and environmentally friendly. Solvents are the major component of most chemical reactions that often end up as hazardous waste. Chemical reactions that can be performed without the use of solvents or modified to utilize fewer toxic solvents, such as water or alcohols, can minimize the production of hazardous waste that is often associated with organic synthesis."

Erickson's lecture is the fifth of eight discussions throughout the 2010-11 academic year focusing on art, literature, mathematics, social movements, chemistry, and history. Faculty members will discuss recent research in their field with members of the Hartwick community. Presenting later this year are Professor of History Peter Wallace, Associate Professor of History Sean Kelley, and Professor of English Thomas Travisano.

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