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Implementing flow chemistry in education: the NSERC CREATE program in continuous flow science

Abstract

Flow science was implemented in the curriculum at UdeM though the NSERC CREATE grant in Continuous Flow Science. The training program involved both interpersonal and technical skills development. Examples include new practical laboratory experiments and traditional course material incorporated in the context of a course on Green Chemistry. A series of value-added training acitivities brought together students from various fields that intersect within flow chemistry, broadening horizons and providing a unique perspective on an emerging technology. As a whole, implementing flow chemistry in a chemistry curriculum benefits from a multipronged approach involving hands-on training, course work, and workshops.

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  3. Recent highlights from flow chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry have stressed the lack of education in flow as a necessary driver for change

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The authors acknowledge the NSERC CREATE program in Continuous Flow Science and Université de Montréal. The Canadian Foundation for Innovation is thanked for the funding of continuous flow infrastructure. The CREATE training program described herein is the result of 10 principal investigators, 17 academic and industrial collaborators, >60 students and researchers and 4 academic institutions. They are all acknowledged for their dedication and efforts to making the CREATE CFS program a success.

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Kairouz, V., Charette, A.B. & Collins, S.K. Implementing flow chemistry in education: the NSERC CREATE program in continuous flow science. J Flow Chem 11, 13–17 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41981-020-00129-y

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Keywords

  • Education
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Continuous flow