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Wednesday, August 6 • 9:30am - 5:00pm
W8: Automotive Energy Needs and Environmental Impacts

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The presenters teach a two-semester General Chemistry course to undergraduate engineering majors using the theme of Chemistry and the Automobile. This workshop will explore automotive energy needs (morning) and environmental impacts (afternoon). Participant breakout groups will be asked to identify specific examples related to these themes and to suggest ways of integrating them into the chemistry curriculum. This cycle will be repeated three times in the morning and afternoon. The three morning cycles will focus on traditional fuels, alternative fuels (e.g. biofuels, hydrogen, and natural gas) and on the pros and cons associated with the use of three batteries – the lead storage battery, the nickel metal hydride battery, and the lithium ion battery. The three afternoon cycles will focus on air pollution, other environmental impacts, and possible case studies. The presenters will provide feedback on how these topics are integrated into their courses and a list of useful resources.


Craig Donahue

University of Michigan-Dearborn


Codruta Savu

University of Michigan-Dearborn

Wednesday August 6, 2014 9:30am - 5:00pm
MAK D1117