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Title: Identification and Formulation of Polymers: A Challenging Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Chemistry Lab Assignment
Authors: GUEDENS, Wanda 
REYNDERS, Monique 
Issue Date: 2017
Source: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, 94(11), p. 1756-1760
Abstract: Prior to the recycling process, raising awareness of plastic waste impact, e.g., polluting oceans worldwide, is undoubtedly a first attempt to tackle this pandemic environmental issue. With this in mind, the presented practical session is an effort to entice an interdisciplinary audience of science undergraduates toward a sustainable future. The associated assignment focuses on a collaboration of undergraduate chemistry students and engineering undergraduates with a minor program in chemistry. Acting on an adequate uncluttered mind map of practical guidelines, the students acquire and exchange multiple “good laboratory practice” skills. By this, engineering undergraduates get acquainted with chemicals, e.g., polymers, while future chemists get an impression of how economics is concerned to maintain a balance between economy and ecology, i.e., a circular economy. In a grand finale, the students present their interdisciplinary communication skills via a poster exhibition: “chemistry meets economics”. Moreover, via this interdisciplinary approach the traditional polymer chemistry laboratory session, still a substantial part of the organic chemistry curriculum in the polymer chemistry courses, gets a makeover and will be integrated into a modern, advanced curriculum.
Keywords: Physical Properties; Polymer Chemistry; Polymerization; Problem Solving/Decision Making; Qualitative Analysis; Second-Year Undergraduate; Synthesis; Testing/Assessment
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ISSN: 0021-9584
e-ISSN: 1938-1328
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00284
ISI #: 000416396300025
Rights: © 2017 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2018
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