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Redox aluminophosphates: applying fundamental undergraduate theory to solve global challenges in the chemical industry

Redox aluminophosphates: applying fundamental undergraduate theory to solve global challenges in the chemical industry
Redox aluminophosphates: applying fundamental undergraduate theory to solve global challenges in the chemical industry
As global resources are pressed by the demands of modern lifestyles, acquainting students with sustainable chemistry will be crucial in educating responsible chemists of the future. For this undertaking, we present “Redox Aluminophosphates”, a laboratory-based practical with targeted resources that has been designed to relate fundamental catalytic theory to core concepts in green chemistry. As part of this assignment, students are directed in the preparation of aluminophosphate materials using distinctive synthetic protocols (hydrothermal synthesis and calcination), and are required to apply their knowledge of analytical techniques to solid-state characterization. Students then use their heterogeneous redox catalysts in the oxidation of cyclohexane to KA oil (the industrial feedstock of adipic acid, a precursor to nylons), with gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analyses providing an opportunity to introduce green chemistry metrics. With supporting resources, oral presentation, and student-led discussions, this practical aims to equip the undergraduate student with the tools needed to rationalize structure–activity relationships in porous heterogeneous catalysts. Using a systems thinking approach, Redox Aluminophosphates is a holistic practical, combining empiricism with critical analysis, self-study, and group work to relate undergraduate theory to real-world problems, while demonstrating how laboratory-scale procedures can be extrapolated to the industrial setting.
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Logothetis, Thomas, Raja, Robert, Langley, G. John, Herniman, Julie and Chapman, Stephanie (2019) Redox aluminophosphates: applying fundamental undergraduate theory to solve global challenges in the chemical industry. Journal of Chemical Education. (doi:10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00288).

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As global resources are pressed by the demands of modern lifestyles, acquainting students with sustainable chemistry will be crucial in educating responsible chemists of the future. For this undertaking, we present “Redox Aluminophosphates”, a laboratory-based practical with targeted resources that has been designed to relate fundamental catalytic theory to core concepts in green chemistry. As part of this assignment, students are directed in the preparation of aluminophosphate materials using distinctive synthetic protocols (hydrothermal synthesis and calcination), and are required to apply their knowledge of analytical techniques to solid-state characterization. Students then use their heterogeneous redox catalysts in the oxidation of cyclohexane to KA oil (the industrial feedstock of adipic acid, a precursor to nylons), with gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analyses providing an opportunity to introduce green chemistry metrics. With supporting resources, oral presentation, and student-led discussions, this practical aims to equip the undergraduate student with the tools needed to rationalize structure–activity relationships in porous heterogeneous catalysts. Using a systems thinking approach, Redox Aluminophosphates is a holistic practical, combining empiricism with critical analysis, self-study, and group work to relate undergraduate theory to real-world problems, while demonstrating how laboratory-scale procedures can be extrapolated to the industrial setting.

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Accepted/In Press date: 17 October 2019
Published date: 4 November 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 435740
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435740
ISSN: 0021-9584
PURE UUID: 4eb51935-f310-4845-a440-c5cc815d9cdb
ORCID for Thomas Logothetis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3437-5287
ORCID for Robert Raja: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4161-7053
ORCID for G. John Langley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8323-7235
ORCID for Julie Herniman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4834-1093

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Date deposited: 19 Nov 2019 17:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:11

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