Volume 12, Issue 2

Incorporating Green Chemistry into Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Synthesis of Banana Oil
Original Research
The traditional laboratory of synthesis of banana oil via Fisher esterification was modified to provide a practical integration of green chemistry concepts and principles into undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory at Southern University and A&M College-Baton Rouge campus (SUBR). Besides the traditional method described in our laboratory manual, two more modified methods for the synthesis of banana oil were added. Six out of the 12 principles of green chemistry were introduced. This laboratory offered students an opportunity to do a comparative study of the greenness and efficiency of different synthetic methods for the synthesis of banana oil and practice applying green chemistry principles into organic synthesis. The modified method II was found to be the greenest and most efficient synthetic method with least waste produced, highest atom economy and yield, environmentally benign chemicals, reduced hazardous risk, improved energy efficiency and enhanced accident prevention. Calculations of E-factor and percent atom economy were introduced. The comparison of experimental percent atom economy and percent yield was also included.
World Journal of Chemical Education. 2024, 12(2), 45-48. DOI: 10.12691/wjce-12-2-1
Pub. Date: April 09, 2024