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Teaching and Learning (about) Green Chemistry


About This Course

The aim of this course is to broaden the knowledge of STEM teachers on the basics of Green Chemistry. After completing the Course, participants will be able to introduce elements of Green Chemistry into their classes. Based on the given examples, they will also know how to assess the greenness of selected chemical processes and how to make them more environmentally friendly. Participants then will be asked to provide examples of their own greener laboratory instructions. They also will be encouraged to comment other’s entries. This course is developed within the project “STEM Continuous Professional Development at European Universities – STEM-CPD@EUni” funded by EU.

Upon successful completion of the entire course, the participants will receive the appropriate certificate.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After absolving the course participants would able:
  • to explain and discuss the history, principles, and scope of green chemistry;
  • to apply the principles of green chemistry in their laboratory classes;
  • to introduce the idea and the principles of green chemistry into the conducted courses;
  • to quantify the greenness of selected chemical processes, including those used in the process of teaching and learning.

Keywords: Green Chemistry, Laboratory Teaching; STEM


No special requirements needed.

Course Staff


Michał Woźniakiewicz

Prof. Michał Woźniakiewicz, a lecturer and a head of the Laboratory for Forensic Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Author or co-author over 80 papers on forensic and analytical chemistry as well as several ones on academic teaching. A leader of the Chemistry in Everyday life Working Group and a member of Virtual Education Committee (VEC) at ECTN. Coordinator of Jagiellonian University exhibition at the Festival of Science and Art in Kraków.

Pawel Novak

Paweł Nowak

Dr. Paweł Nowak is a lecturer and scientist at the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He is also the editor of a new Elsevier's journal – Green Analytical Chemistry, launched in 2021. He defended his doctorate in 2016, the subject of his dissertation focused on analytical separation techniques, in particular capillary electrophoresis. Currently, his main research interest is green chemistry, in particular green analytical chemistry. He is the author of the concept of "white analytical chemistry", which is an extension of green analytical chemistry with criteria determining the functionality of analytical methods. He is also the author of the Unified Greenness Theory, which is an attempt at a theoretical description of the main concepts in the field of green chemistry and the relationships between them. As a lecturer, he conducts courses in the field of separation techniques, bioanalysis, and green chemistry.


Iwona Maciejowska

Prof. Iwona Maciejowska, a lecturer and a researcher at the Department of Chemical Education, the head of the Ars Docendi Council at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. An editor, an author and a co-author of books (15), papers (over 100) and courses for chemistry teachers and academic teaching staff eg. MOOC on the Coursera platform "Teaching in university science laboratories. Developing good practice". A co-editor of Chemistry Teacher International journal, an initiator of the biannual European Variety in University Chemistry Education conference.


Bartosz Trzewik

Dr. Bartosz Trzewik was born in 1977 in Kraków, Poland. He received his PhD in chemistry in 2005 from Faculty of Chemistry of Jagiellonian University in Kraków and has been working there since then. His scientific interest focuses on the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds and studying physicochemical properties of them, eg. these connected with hydrogen bonds. Now he is a senior lecturer at Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry of Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He conducts organic chemistry classes, mostly in laboratory, for students of chemistry and related fields at basic and advanced levels. He has been involved in the creation and modification of courses for students and participants of the doctoral school

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