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Safe Chemical Design

Natural Sciences
Thematic Area
Green and sustainable Chemistry
Description of the Interactive Tool
“Safe Chemical Design” is a green chemistry educational game developed at Yale University in USA. The game motivates students at the undergraduate level to approach green chemistry and sustainability aspects as they design a hypothetical, chemical product. The game is based on the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and introduces students to toxicology and pharmacokinetic concepts such as absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.
Game scenarios model the decision-making process used by chemists to design a new chemical compound and simulates various real-world constraints that may affect chemical product development as the student designs a novel product. By using the game, the students can manipulate various physico-chemical parameters to minimize undesired biological and environmental interactions of a hypothetical commercial chemical. Two levels of complexity are available. The students may choose from beginner and expert levels, which increase in complexity as the player progresses through the game.
Teachers could incorporate the game into any chemistry course for majors and non-majors that concern sustainability and/or the Principles of Green Chemistry at the undergraduate level.
Points of Strength
The game is free of charge, it has been assessed by educators and can be integrated into an existing curriculum.