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Chemistry

Anne Marteel-Parrish

Professor of Chemistry, Co-Chair of the Chemistry Department, Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry
Education
  • B.S., Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (France)
  • Engineering Degree in Materials Science, Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de Lille (France)
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry with concentration in Materials Science, University of Toledo, OH

Research Interests

  • Materials Science, Application of Green Chemistry to Art and Education, Sustainable Development, and Curricular Initiatives

Curious Where My Accent Comes From?

I was born in a little town called Malo-les-Bains in the North of France. Belgium and England were my closest neighbors. The shore of the North Sea was my backyard for the first 23 years of my life before I moved to the USA to start graduate work. My shoes were always full of sand and my ears full of wind. For more info and pictures of my country and the new additions to the Parrish family, you can consult my personal website: www.anneanddamon.com (login and password on demand).

What Am I Interested In Teaching?

Chemistry and technologies have contributed in countless ways to improve our way of living and have helped lead to a prosperous economy. At the same time “chemophobia” exists because of the bad image associated with the toxicity of chemicals. This paradox can be overcome if we think about a focus on green chemistry education and applying it to research with a sustainable development. Why don’t we stop blaming chemistry and instead use chemistry to contribute to a greener and sustainable world? Let’s stop talking and take action!

I have always believed that motivation is the key to success. To increase the thirst for new knowledge, I use educational tools to communicate my passion for chemistry. To make the lectures attractive and interesting I involve the students in discussions concerning new discoveries in chemistry and the environment. I incorporate Green Chemistry whenever the topic is appropriate. The students realize that they can contribute to pollution prevention by themselves and they feel responsible, which is the first step towards the “greening” of their minds.

A special topics course on “Towards the Greening of Our minds” is offered every other Spring at Washington College. See the following publication:

Marteel-Parrish, A.E. “Towards the Greening of Our Minds: A New Special Topics Course” in J. Chem. Ed., 2007, 84(2), 245-247.

List of awards:

  • Recipient of the University of Toledo College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Outstanding Alumna Award for the Academic Year 2016-2017
  • Awarded a Sabbatical Leave in Spring 2017
  • Recipient of the 2015 Centennial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry
  • Recipient of two Washington College Curricular Innovation Awards (Summer 2013 and Summer 2015)
  • Was invested as the Inaugural Holder of the Frank J. Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry on November 3, 2011
  • Recipient of the American Chemical Society-Committee on Environmental Improvement (ACS-CEI) Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education received on March 27, 2011 at the ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, CA
  • Recipient of the Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching on May 16, 2010

 

What Are We Working On In Dr. Marteel-Parrish’s Research Lab?

Research is based on the generation of new knowledge. Science will not move on if there is no communication, collaboration and publication of results. For me, it is very annoying to read in chemistry laboratory textbooks: toxic, harmful, produce toxic gases…! I believe that we can teach the same chemistry concepts without impacting our health and the environment. This strong belief leads to research projects based on the application of the Green Chemistry Principles.

 

A list of recent publications and presentations with students is available in my CV.