Arts & Science profiles sustainable chemistry offerings

March 14, 2024 by Alyx Dellamonica

Arts & Science News has written a profile this week on Department of Chemistry course CHM3130H1, Environmental fate and toxicity of organic contaminants, taught by Professor Hui Peng. 

The article, by Chris Sasaki of A&S news, discusses the reach of environmental contaminants, discussing the course scope with Peng and profiling two students: Jennifer Zhou and Toshi Tall.

Environmental fate and toxicity of organic contaminants focuses on the organic chemical contaminants that permeate our everyday lives. Contaminants can be found in medications, personal-care products, flame retardants, refrigerants, plastics, clothing, building materials and more, writes Sasaki. Students learn where organic chemicals end up — in the environment and in our bodies — and about the damage they can cause.

Tall says he plans to specialize in green chemistry, exploring how chemicals can affect human health and the environment. “This course helped me better appreciate the far-reaching consequences of the practice of chemistry and how to apply sustainability to my work in the future.”

To read the full article, visit the A&S News Page.