Education Resources

Online Educational Resources for Green Chemistry & Engineering

For anyone trying to teach or learn more about green chemistry, the following websites may be of interest. There are tools to help in the lab, curriculum ideas for teachers, local government resources, and online networks to help you connect with like-minded scientists.

  • Textbooks

    Green Organic Chemistry and Its Interdisciplinary Applications

    Author: Dr. Vera M. Kolb
    Details: Textbook, 175 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2016

    Description: Using a set of selected experiments, this textbook demonstrates how to optimize and develop green experiments. By focusing on both the interdisciplinary applications of green chemistry and the innovative thinking that has produced new developments in the field, this book provides a single and concise reference for chemists, instructors, and students learning about green organic chemistry and reinforces its great and ever-expanding number of applications.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Bioinspiration and Biomimicry in Chemistry: Reverse-Engineering Nature

    Editor: Gerhard Swiegers; Forewards by Jean-Marie Lehn and Janine Benyus
    Details: Textbook, 471 pages, Published by Wiley, 2012

    Description: This book explores the chemistry of Nature and how we can replicate what Nature does in an a biological setting.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Chemistry for Changing Times, 13th Edition

    Authors: John W. Hill, Terry W. McCreary, Doris K. Kolb
    Details: Textbook, 800 pages; published by Prentice Hall, 2012

    Description: Introductory chemistry presented in an accessible textbook for liberal arts majors. The latest edition incorporates Green Chemistry content and up-to-date examples.

    Level: Undergrad, non-chemistry majors

    Chemistry in Context, 8th Edition

    Editor: American Chemical Society
    Details: Textbook, 608 pages, Published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2015

    Description: This is an issues-based textbook that establishes basic chemical principles. Sustainability and green chemistry solutions are addressed along with issues such as global warming, alternate fuels, nutrition, and genetic engineering.

    Level: Undergrad, non-chemistry majors; Intro to chemistry

    Efficiency and Sustainability in the Energy and Chemical Industries, 2nd Edition

    Editors: Krishman Sankaranarayanan, Hedzer J. van der Kooi, Jakob de Swaan Arons
    Details: Textbook, 393 Pages, Published by CRC Press, 2010

    Description: Case studies illustrate an emerging model of sustainability for industry. Recommended as a resource for those engaged in the transition from fossil-based fuels to renewable and sustainable energy sources using low-waste procedures.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Fundamentals of Environmental and Toxicological Chemistry: Sustainable Science, 4th Edition

    Author: Stanley E. Manahan
    Details: Textbook, 614 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2013

    Description: Textbook on environmental chemistry, with an emphasis on toxics. Newest edition covers sustainability and green chemistry and is organized based on spheres of Earth’s environment: water, air, solid Earth, life, and man-made environments.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

    Authors: Anne E. Marteel-Parish and Martin A. Abraham
    Details: Textbook, 376 pages, Published by Wiley, 2013

    Description: This texbook covers introductory concepts in chemistry and engineering while integrating sustainability concepts such as greenhouse gas potential, renewable energy, solvent selection, and ecotoxicity.Green chemistry features include case studies from Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge winners. 

    Level: Undergrad chemistry and engineering majors

    Green Chemistry & Engineering: A Practical Design Approach

    Authors: Concepción Jiménez-González and David J.C. Constable
    Details: Textbook, 675 pages, Published by Wiley, 2011

    Description: This textbook for students and working chemists and engineers provides bottom-line thinking for green chemistry and engineering. Details methods of designing greener, safer chemical synthesis and manufacturing processes are presented with the intent of moving businesses towards more sustainable practices and products.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Green Chemistry Fundamentals and Applications

    Authors: Suresh Ameta and Rakshit Ameta
    Details: Textbook, 385 pages, Published by Apple Academic Press, 2013

    Description: Highly technical textbook that introduces the need, applications, and advantages of environmentally friendly chemical practice in industry. The book addresses such topics as ecologically safe products, catalysts, and solvents.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text, 2nd Edition

    Author: Mike Lancaster
    Details: Textbook, 344 pages, Published by Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013

    Description: Introductory textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry students, based on clean chemical technology modules taught at the University of York in England. Includes case studies and current examples from industry.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Green Chemistry Laboratory Manual for General Chemistry Csm Lab Edition

    Author: Sally A. Henrie
    Details: Textbook, 384 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2015

    Description: This book provides educational laboratory materials that challenge students with the customary topics found in a general chemistry laboratory manual, while encouraging them to investigate the practice of green chemistry.

    Level: Undergrad

    Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice

    Authors: Paul Anastas and John Warner
    Details: Educational book, 152 pages, Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 1998 (paperback 2000)

    Description: This is the first book published on Green Chemistry and introduced the original 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Includes basic information on the design, development, and evaluation processes of Green Chemistry.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry

    Editors: Wei Zhang, Berkeley Cue
    Details: Textbook, 768 pages, Published by Wiley, 2012

    Description: This textbook presents an overview of established and emerging techniques in green organic chemistry. Highlights applications in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Handbook of Green Chemistry and Technology 1st Edition

    Author: James H. Clark and Duncan Macquarrie 
    Details: Textbook, 560 pages, Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2002

    Description: This highly practical and rigorous book brings together reviews on the important aspects of green chemistry and technology, and is written by a team of world-renowned chemists spearheaded by leaders in the field.

    Level: Undergrad through professonal 

    Introduction to Chemicals from Biomass (Wiley Series in Renewable Resource) 2nd Edition

    Editors: James Clark and Fabien Deswarte
    Details: Textbook344 pages, Published by Wiley, 2015

    Description: Overview of the use of biorenewable resources in the twentyfirst century for the manufacture of chemical products, materials and energy. 

    Level: Undergrad through professional

    Introduction to Green Chemistry, 2nd Edition

    Authors: Albert Matlack
    Details: Textbook, 599 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2010

    Description: A comprehensive text which covers the basics of Green Chemistry and addresses up-to-date, highly technical areas of green chemistry research and application.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    New Trends in Green Chemistry

    Authors: V. K. Ahluwalia and M. Kidwai
    Details: Textbook , 263 pages, Published by Springer, 2004

    Description: This highly technical textbook describes detailed methodologies and technologies to carry out green synthesis chemistry.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Sustainable Catalysis: Challenges and Practices for the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industries

    Authors: Peter J. Dunn, K. K. (Mimi) Hii, Michael J. Krische, Michael T. Williams
    Details: Textbook, 440 pages, Published by Wiley, 2013

    Description: Detailed green chemistry textbook focusing on fine chemistry and pharmaceuticals, including chemo-, bio-, and organo-catalytic approaches to C–H, C–N, and C–C bond-forming reactions. Offers a balanced perspective on current limitations, challenges, and solutions for industrial chemists dedicated to large-scale process development.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

  • Lab Manuals

    Experiments in Green and Sustainable Chemistry

    Editors: Herbert W. Roesky, Dietmar Kennepohl; Foreword by Jean-Marie Lehn
    Details: Laboratory Manual, 307 pages, Published by Wiley, 2009

    Description: Experts present more than 40 real-life teaching experiments, structured and grouped by green chemistry categories such as limiting waste and exposure.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Green Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory

    Editor: Andres Dicks
    Details: Laboratory Manual, 299 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2011

    Description: This undergraduate level manual details published laboratory experiments and proven case studies from both lecture/seminar and practical perspectives.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools, and Laboratory Experiments

    Authors: Kenneth Doxsee and James Hutchison
    Details: Laboratory Manual, 256 pages, Published by Cengage Learning, 2003

    Description: This lab text describes the tools and strategies of green chemistry, and the lab experiments that allow investigation of organic chemistry concepts and techniques in environmentally-benign laboratory experiments. Students acquire the tools to assess the health and environmental impacts of chemical processes and the strategies to develop new processes that are less harmful to human health and the environment.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments

    Editors: Mary Kirchhoff and Mary Ann Ryan
    Details: Laboratory Manual, 49 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society Educational Division, 2002

    Description: Fourteen green chemistry experiments for undergrads are presented in this laboratory manual. Most of the experiments are green analogs of typical undergraduate organic chemistry experiments that highlight traditional chemical concepts with more environmentally friendly reactions and methods. (Also available in Spanish)

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors

  • Other Reference Materials

    Going Green: Integrating Green Chemistry into the Curriculum

    Editors: Mary Kirchhoff and Mary Ann Ryan
    Details: Laboratory Manual, 49 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society Educational Division, 2002

    Description: This booklet offers a "how-to" introduction to green chemistry education for educators. An overview of the principles of green chemistry and the definition and importance of sustainability are presented along with several short essays by educators describing how they incorporated green chemistry into their classrooms.

    Level: Teachers from middle school level up to undergraduate level

    Innovations in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

    Editors: Paul Anastas and Julie Zimmerman
    Details: Reference Book , 333 page, Published by Springer, 2013

    Description: This technical textbook covers fundamentals and cutting-edge developments in a sustainability. Spans chemistry, engineering, and environmental science. Experts present the latest developments on topics ranging from green catalytic transformations to green nanoscience.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

    Introduction to Green Chemistry: Instructional Activities for Introductory Chemistry

    Editors: Mary Ann Ryan and Michael Tinnesand
    Details: Booklet, 68 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society, 2002

    Description: Introductory booklet with activities, references, and resource materials on green chemistry. Instructional notes highlight the linkages between green chemistry and a regular chemistry curriculum. An accompanying CD-ROM contains PDF files of the activities and a PowerPoint presentation.

    Level: High school and undergrad

    Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry, Volume II

    Authors: Michael C. Cann, Thomas P. Umile
    Details: Reference Book, 86 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society, 2011

    Description: Case studies of ten projects that received or were nominated for the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. These examples are applicable in courses such as general chemistry, organic, inorganic, biochemistry, polymer, environmental, industrial, toxicology and chemistry for non-majors.

    Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

  • Teaching Tools and Ideas

    • Reagent Guides: The reagent guide's purpose is to encourage chemists to choose a ‘greener’ choice of reaction conditions. The guides aim to achieve this by providing transparency through the use of Venn diagrams in addition to improving understanding by discussion and up to date references.
    • Chem21: A range of free, shareable and interactive educational and training materials created to promote the uptake of green and sustainable methodologies in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals.
    • ACS GCI Green Chemistry Pocket Guide: Download the Design Principles for Sustainable and Green Chemistry and Engineering Booklet. This booklet describes the many design principles of green chemistry and engineering in a visually compelling format.
    • Beyond Benign: In this comprehensive website focused on green chemistry education you can find resources, curriculum, studies, & programs for kindergarten through 12th grade science as well as university and professional level.
    • Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse: Organization striving to accelerate green chemistry awareness, innovation and investment in the State of Michigan. Provides dynamic and interactive online information, resources, databases, learning opportunities and interactive tools for citizens, business and industry professionals, educators, policy makers, entrepreneurs and others.
    • Molecular Design Research Network [MoDRN]: A comprehensive database of tested tools for students and educators on high school and undergraduate level which focus on green chemistry and safer design of chemicals. Materials can be dowloaded and incorporated into any biology, chemistry on environmental science classroom. 
    • The New England Consortium: Training curriculum, instruction guides, and posters from the The New England Consortium (TNEC) at UMass Lowell.
    • University of Scranton: Green chemistry teaching modules can be downloaded for incorporation into courses. Modules for general, organic, inorganic, environmental, polymer, and industrial chemistry, plus biochemistry and chemical toxicology.
    • Green Chemistry Education Network: An online network of educators collaborating, mentoring, facilitating professional growth, and fostering the integration of green chemistry in education. Facilitated through the University of Oregon.
  • Activities and Experiments (by grade level)

  • Webinars and Videos

    ACS Webinars is proud to partner with the ACS Green Chemistry Institute, whose mission is to catalyze and enable the implementation of green chemistry and engineering throughout the global chemical enterprise. Learn about the amazing work being done by chemists to reduce waste and reduce demand on diminishing resources and improve our world.

    The Future of Organic Synthesis is in Water: From Chemo- to Bio-catalysis

    Present day synthesis produces unimaginable levels of organic solvent waste; chemo- and biocatalysis in water are solutions to this problem. Learn how chemistry in water is the pathway to a sustainable future.

    The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry Videos

    Watch this set of 14 videos covering in detail the principles of green chemistry. Presented by Dr. David Constable and Dr. Richard Williams, these videos spend about 20 minutes on each principle, and were recorded during the 2013 Green Chemistry & Engineering Student Workshop.

    Youtube ID: bp6NMsTbiaQ

    What's Your Green Chemistry? 

    Dive into this playlist featuring green chemistry enthusiast's answers to what their green chemistry is! Watch as these professors, students and industry enthusiasts illustrate how they implement green chemistry in their professions.

    Watch the entire "What's Your Green Chemistry?" playlist on YouTube

    Youtube ID: 19HiycbjIuQ

  • More Online Education Resources

ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The 27th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference will be held June 13-15, 2023 in Long Beach, CA on the theme, Closing the Loop: Chemistry for a Sustainable Future.