Chemistry Safety

Chemistry Safety
Time to complete course: 30 min.

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About Chemistry Safety Virtual Lab Simulation

This is the full-length “Chemistry Safety” simulation. For shorter, more targeted versions, see the Related simulations below.

Are you ready to work in a chemistry lab? In the Chemistry Safety simulation you will learn how to safely work with organic solvents. Experiment with dangerous chemicals and make mistakes without putting yourself in danger.

Biodiesel for a greener world

We need to find sustainable fuel sources to reduce CO2 emissions and battle climate change. Your mission in the Chemistry Safety lab is therefore to find an effective process for producing biodiesel from algal oils. Can you figure out how to convert oil into diesel?

Fumes in the fume hood

In the Chemistry Safety lab, you’ll get to work with methanol, a volatile organic solvent. This means you need to work in a chemical fume hood. Learn how to set up your reaction in the fume hood and dispose solvents in the organic waste. Look up the physical properties of your reactants in the safety data sheet, to make sure your reaction will be successful.

Dangers in the lab

In the Chemistry Safety lab, you’ll learn to identify the hazards posed by the different chemicals that you are using, which is a very important step in the planning of every experiment.

Just like in the real world, things will get nasty if you make mistakes while working with dangerous chemicals.

Are you ready to react quickly in case of an emergency, and will you be able to apply your chemistry safety knowledge correctly?

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Go on a mission to produce sustainable biodiesel and learn how to safely work with dangerous chemicals without any risk of getting hurt.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…

  • Understand how to create biodiesel from algal oil
  • Identify the hazards posed by chemicals and how to handle them
  • React quickly and save lives in case of a fire emergency
  • Use the CAS numbers to plan your experiment
  • Understand how to dispose of halogenated and non-halogenated waste
  • Lookup H and P phrases in the safety data sheet
  • Safely use a chemical fume hood

Simulation Features

Length – 30 minutes
Accessibility mode – Available
Languages – English, French, German, Spanish

Examples of Related Standards

University

Generic lab safety support

NGSS

Basic Safety Rules

IB

Supports The Laboratory Safety Institute’s Laboratory Safety Guidelines

AP

Generic lab safety support

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Collaborators

Peter Fristrup, Associate Professor

Peter Fristrup, Associate Professor

DTU Chemistry
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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