Irvin J. Levy

Professor Levy's interests in chemistry are related to the development of education resources for green chemistry—chemistry that is designed to be safer for human health and the environment.

Recent Publications 

  1. Levy, I. J. Acids and Bases – Greener Alternatives. In Chemistry for Changing Times, 14th edition, in press.
  2. Jarret, R. L.; Levy, I. J.; Potter, T. L.; Cermak, S. C. Seed Oil and Fatty Acid Composition in Capsicum spp.; Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 2013, 30, 102-108.
  3. Jarret, R. L.; Levy, I. J.; Potter, T. L.; Cermak, S. C.; Merrick, L. C. Seed oil content and fatty acid composition in a genebank collection of Cucurbita moschata Duchesne and C. argyrosperma C. Huber; Plant Genetic Resources 2013, 11, 149-157.
  4. Jarret, R. L.; Levy, I. J. Oil and Fatty Acid Contents in Seed of Citrullus lanatus Schrad. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2012, 60, 5199–5204.
  5. Levy, I. J. It’s Not Easy Being Green. In Chemistry for Changing Times, 13th edition, Hill, J. W.; McCreary, T. W.; Kolb, D. K.; Pearson: Boston, 2013, p 369.
  6. Levy, I. J. Sustainability: It’s Basic (And Acidic). In Chemistry for Changing Times, 13th edition, Hill, J. W.; McCreary, T. W.; Kolb, D. K.; Pearson: Boston, 2013, p 182.
  7. Jarret, R. L.; Wang, M. L.; Levy, I. J. Seed Oil and Fatty Acid Content in Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) and Related Species. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2011, 59, 4019-4024.
  8. Levy, I. J.; King, J. High School Program for the Spring 2010 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. J. Chem. Educ. 2010, 87, 262-264.
  9. Levy, I.; Tshudy, D. My View: 'Green chemistry' a breath of fresh air, really. The Salem News, Oct 22, 2009, p 7.
  10. Levy, I.; Tshudy, D. Faith + Ideas = Forty Shades Of Green. Faith + Ideas = Gordon College [Online], volume 2, issue 16, http://www.gordon.edu/faith+ideas (accessed 10/21/2009).
  11. Green Chemistry Education: Changing the Course of Chemistry; Anastas, P. T.; Levy, I. J.; Parent, K. E., Eds.; ACS Symposium Series 1011; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2009.
  12. Kay, R. D.; Levy, I. J. Student Motivated Endeavors Advancing Green Organic Literacy. In Green Chemistry Education: Changing the Course of Chemistry Anastas, P. T.; Levy, I. J.; Parent, K. E., Eds; ACS Symposium Series 1011; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2009, pp 155-166.
  13. Levy, I. J. Sustainability: It’s Basic (and Acidic). In Chemistry for Changing Times, 12th edition, Hill, J. W.; McCreary, T. W.; Kolb, D. K.; Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2009, p 176.
  14. Levy, I. J. Forty Shades of Green. In Chemistry for Changing Times, 12th edition, Hill, J. W.; McCreary, T. W.; Kolb, D. K.; Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2009, p 365.
  15. Smist, J. M.; Levy, I. J.; Harwood, W. S. Program for the Division of Chemical Education Salt Lake City, March 22-26, 2009. J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 286-292.
  16. Levy, I. J. Fisher Workshop procedure: Renewable Resources for the Preparation of Biodiesel, in press.
  17. Kwon, S. Y.; Levy, I. J.; Levy, M. R.; Sargent, D. V.; Tshudy, D. J.; Weaver, M. A. The dose makes the poison: Measuring ecotoxicity using a lettuce seed assay. In Greener Education Materials for Chemists (GEMs database), http://greenchem.uoregon.edu/gems.html (accessed 10/10/09).
  18. Wetter, E.; Kay, R.; Levy, I. Zeolite-Catalyzed Multicomponent Reaction: Preparation of a β–Acetamido Ketone. In Greener Education Materials for Chemists (GEMs database), http://greenchem.uoregon.edu/gems.html (accessed 10/10/09).
  19. Levy, I. J.; Kay, R. D. Ma Pearl’s Soap: Soapmaking as a Green Chemistry Laboratory Experience. NEACT Journal 2007, 26(1), 10-13.
  20. Levy, I. J. Soap: Waste Not, Want Not. In Chemistry for Changing Times, 11th edition, Hill, J. W.; Kolb, D. K.; Pearson Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2007, pp 210-211.
  21. Levy, I. J. Air Toxics: Gone But Not Forgotten. In Chemistry for Changing Times, 11th edition, Hill, J. W.; Kolb, D. K.; Pearson Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2007, pp 352-353.
  22. Haack, J.; Levy, I. GEMs for chemists: a community-based approach to develop greener education materials. Spring 2006 CONFCHEM on Web-Based Applications for Chemical Education: Experiences and Visions. http://www.chem.vt.edu/confchem/2006/b/gems/ (accessed 10/10/09).
  23. Haack, J.; Hutchison, J. E.; Kirchhoff, M. M.; Levy, I. J. Going Green: Lecture Assignments and Lab Experiences for the College Curriculum. J. Chem. Educ. 2005, 82, 974-976.
  24. Open Court, Chemical & Engineering News, March 22, 2004, 82(12), 43.
  25. Levy, I. Green Chemists? In Stillpoint, 19(2), Gordon College, Spring 2004. 

Conference/Workshop/Invited Lectures

  1. Microwave synthesis in the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory: Greener synthesis of amines. Stacy Strobel and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 247th ACS National Meeting, CHED 745, Dallas, TX, March 2014.
  2. Greener synthetic methods for the undergraduate laboratory curriculum: Microwave-assisted catalytic oxidation of alcohols. Brittany J. Marshall and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 247th ACS National Meeting, CHED 746, Dallas, TX, March 2014.
  3. Using candy to teach principles of green chemistry. Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 247th ACS National Meeting, CHED 1570, Dallas, TX, March 2014.
  4. Kermit lied –Ten years greener at Gordon College; Green Chemistry in Higher Education: A Region 2 Faculty Workshop, Siena College, Loudonville, NY, July 2013.
  5. Greener dehydration chemistry: Montmorillonite clay-catalyzed dehydration of alcohols. Rachael M. Albury, Justin L. Andrews, and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 245th ACS National Meeting, CHED 479, New Orleans, LA, April 2013.
  6. (gc)2 Green Chemistry @ Gordon College. Irvin J. Levy and Dwight J. Tshudy, Abstracts of the 244th ACS National Meeting, CHED 137, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.
  7. Improvement and expansion of the selective oxidation of alcohols: A greener green chemistry laboratory experiment. Nathaniel G. Chmura, Irvin J. Levy, Thoman E. Safford, and Ethan T. Whitman, Abstracts of the 244th ACS National Meeting, CHED 204, Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.
  8. Making The World a Better Place One Green Choice at a Time, Soulfest, Gilford, NH, August 2012.
  9. Green chemistry in the laboratory curriculum: Alkene synthesis by dehydration of alcohols in the presence of Montmorillonite clay. Rachael Albury, Emmanuel N. Asonganyi, Shirley Coll, Maureen W. Githui, Irvin J. Levy and Lindsey Warnock. Abstracts of the 243rd ACS National Meeting, CHED 555 San Diego, CA, March 2012.
  10. (gc)2 Green Chemistry @ Gordon College. Irvin J. Levy, January 2012 Green Chemistry Commitment Summit, Boston, MA, January 2012.
  11. Green Chemistry: When Zero Is a Perfect Mark. Irvin J. Levy, North Andover High School, North Andover, MA, May 2011.
  12. Green Chemistry Education: Development of Sustainability Vocabulary. Irvin J. Levy, Matthew Coughlin, Aaron Gehr, Erika Saito, Elise Gershman, EPA New England Regional Science Council Meeting, Boston, MA, May 2011.
  13. Forty Shades of Green: Green Chemistry at Gordon College. Irvin J. Levy, Dwight J. Tshudy, New England Green Chemistry Networking Forum, Cambridge, MA, December 2010.
  14. Partnerships between chemistry departments and the community: Green chemistry activities for home-schooled high school students. Arica A. Demme, Grant A. Eilers, Irvin J. Levy, and Cory Strnad, Abstracts of the 240h ACS National Meeting, CHED 210, Boston, MA, August 2010.
  15. Green chemistry laboratory activities: Comparative terrestrial ecotoxicology of road salts and common alcohols. Travis A. Crocker, Irvin J. Levy and Timothy J. Swierzewski, Abstracts of the 240h ACS National Meeting, CHED 209 Boston, MA, August 2010.
  16. Workshop facilitator, An Introduction to Green Chemistry. Mission College, Santa Clara, CA, August 2010.
  17. Student Workshop Organizer, 14th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, Washington, DC, June 2010.
  18. Workshop organizer and presenter, Green Chemistry in the High School Curriculum: Why Now? And How? 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2010.
  19. Greener oxidation options: Molybdate-catalyzed synthesis of conjugated aldehydes and ketones. Keti Gitit Assor, Irvin J. Levy, and Rowan L. Walker, CHED 177 Abstracts of the 238th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, August 2009.
  20. (gc)2 Student Motivated Endeavors Advancing Green Organic Literacy, Green Chemistry in Education Workshop, University of Oregon,  July 2009.
  21. BGB-20 ecoSoap: Utilizing biodiesel glycerin byproduct in the large scale preparation of soap to illustrate the principles of green chemistry. Ryan N. Cappa, Gina M. Gioranino, Irvin J. Levy, Kevin S. Quackenbush, Leonard C. Stevenson, Rowan L. Walker, Trevor D. Wright, Abstracts of the 237th ACS National Meeting, CHED 445, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009.
  22. Selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde: A green chemistry laboratory experiment. Irvin J. Levy, Erin J. Thames, Rowan L. Walker, Abstracts of the 237th ACS National Meeting, CHED 495, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009.
  23. Meeting co-chair, Division of Chemical Education, 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009.
  24. BGB-20 ecoSoap: Utilizing biodiesel glycerin byproduct in the large scale preparation of soap to illustrate the principles of green chemistry. Irvin J. Levy, Rowan L. Walker, and Trevor D. Wright, 7th Annual New England Environmental Research Symposium, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, November 2008.
  25. Workshop organizer and presenter, ACS Northeast Region Undergraduate Day, Simmons College, Boston, MA, November 2008.
  26. Workshop organizer and presenter, New Hampshire College and University Compliance Assistance Cooperative Program, University of New Hampshire, August 2008.
  27. Workshop organizer and presenter, Implementing Green Chemistry in the Laboratory, 20th Biennial Conference for Chemical Education, Indiana University, July 2008.
  28. Symposium organizer and presenter, Green Chemistry Curricula: From Early Adoption to Sustained Integration, poster: Student Motivated Endeavors Advancing Green Organic Literacy, 20th Biennial Conference for Chemical Education, Indiana University, July 2008.
  29. (gc)2 Student Motivated Endeavors Advancing Green Organic Literacy, Green Chemistry in Education Workshop, University of Oregon,  June 2008.
  30. Okra seed oil biodiesel: Investigating underutilized seed oils as potential biofuels, Matthew R. Austin, Rebecca Z. Havens, Jennifer L. Soerensen and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2008.
  31. Measuring ecotoxicity: Green chemistry experiment for the undergraduate laboratory curriculum, Soo Y. Kwon, Matthew R. Levy, Daniel V. Sargent, Marissa A. Weaver and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2008.
  32. Investigating underutilized seed oils as potential biofuels: Okra seed oil biodiesel, Jennifer Soerensen and Irvin J. Levy, 6th Annual New England Environmental Research Symposium, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, November 2007.
  33. Lettuce seed ecotoxicity: A simple, reproducible ecotoxicity experiment for the undergraduate chemistry laboratory curriculum, Soo Yeon Kwon and Irvin J. Levy, 6th Annual New England Environmental Research Symposium, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, November 2007.
  34. Applications of liquid CO2 extraction: Okra seed oil and clove oil, Rebecca Havens and Irvin J. Levy, 6th Annual New England Environmental Research Symposium, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, November 2007.
  35. Going Green: Why Now? And How?, Irvin J. Levy, “Chemistry: Looking to the Future” The 178th Conference of the Two-Year College Chemistry Consortium, Paramus, NJ, September 2007.
  36. ‘Cleaning up’ chemistry: Soap making workshop demonstrating the principles of green chemistry, Joseph M. Kivaa and Irvin J. Levy, CHED 0157, Abstracts of the 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2007.
  37. Green chemistry curriculum development to empower outreach to middle- and high-school students and teachers, by Angela Langlais, Irvin J. Levy, and Amanda Wagers, CHED 0121, Abstracts of the 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2007.
  38. “Comparative ecotoxicity of petroleum diesel, biodiesel from waste fryer oil and biodiesel from unused fryer oil,” by Laura Hasiuk, Irvin J. Levy, Sarah Massanari, Marissa Weaver, and Erica Wetter, CHED 0222, Abstracts of the 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2007.
  39. Visualizing waste: Green chemistry lecture demonstration of e-factor, Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 233nd ACS National Meeting, CHED 0160, Chicago, IL, Spring 2007.
  40. Comparative Ecotoxicity of Biodiesel Prepared from Neat Versus Waste Cooking Oil, Erica L. Wetter, Laura R. Hasiuk, Sarah E. Massanari, Marissa A. Weaver and Irvin J. Levy, 5th Annual New England Environmental Research Symposium, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, November 2006.
  41. Greener Method of Oxidation for the Undergraduate Organic Lab: Benzil from Benzoin Using Hydrogen Peroxide and Catalytic Hydrobromic Acid, Brendan J. McGee and Irvin J. Levy, 5th Annual New England Environmental Research Symposium, Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA, November 2006.
  42. Propagation of the principles of green chemistry via memetic catalysis: Student-motivated endeavors advancing green organic literacy, Ronald D. Kay and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 232nd ACS National Meeting, CHED 0466, San Francisco, CA, September 2006.
  43. Daphnia ecotoxicology: A cooperative green chemistry laboratory experience for concurrent organic chemistry and animal physiology courses, Kristin Lee Sterrett, Shana E. Gleeson, Eric Robert Mehlberg, Thomas J. Deyesso, Henry L. Ferland III, Leslie A. Potts, Laura R. Hasiuk, Jenn Kerry, and Sarah E. Massanari with Craig M. Story and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 231st ACS National Meeting, I&EC 149, Atlanta, GA, March 2006.
  44. Green Chemistry Metrics Calculator (GCMC): A JavaScript application for green chemistry education, Andrew Luhrs, John Stoeckle, Dustin Hendrickson, and Aaron Schiffer with Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 231st ACS National Meeting, I&EC 148, Atlanta, GA, March 2006.
  45. Multicomponent zeolite-catalyzed synthesis of b-acetamidoketones: A green chemistry laboratory experience Erica Wetter with Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the  231st ACS National Meeting, CHED 0272, Atlanta, GA, March 2006.
  46. Spiropyran: A green chemistry laboratory preparation of a photochromic compound Matthew Austin and Kathryn Laporte with Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 231st ACS National Meeting, CHED 0283, Atlanta, GA, March 2006.
  47. Expansion of Topological Index Calculator: Incorporation of the Schultz Index, Irvin J. Levy and Andrew R. Luhrs, Abstracts of the 230th ACS National Meeting, CHED 0164, Washington, DC, August 2005.
  48. Topological Index Calculator III: Computation of the Hosoya Index using SMILES representation, Steven D. Granz & Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 229th ACS National Meeting, CHED 0902, San Diego, CA, March 2005.
  49. Analyzing green chemistry: A description of metrics with applications in academia and industry, Laura J. Hamel & Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 229th ACS National Meeting, CHED 1364, San Diego, CA, March 2005.
  50. Synthesis of a model antidepressant: A capstone lecture topic in undergraduate organic chemistry, Manuel Jusino and Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 228th ACS National Meeting, CHED 0125, Philadelphia, PA, August 2004.
  51. Topological Index Calculator II: Use in the classroom and in research, Steven D. Granz & Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 228th ACS National Meeting, CHED 0126, Philadelphia, PA, August 2004.
  52. Harnessing students’ idealism to disseminate the principles of green chemistry, Irvin J. Levy, Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, July 2004.
  53. Going Green—A Student-Motivated Environmental Odyssey, Irvin J. Levy, Aislinn Agnew, Jennifer Kerry, Amy Little and Allison Moore, Educators’ Veritas Forum, Lexington Christian Academy, Lexington, MA, 2004.
  54. Topological Index Calculator: A JavaScript application to introduce quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPR) in undergraduate organic chemistry, Irvin J. Levy & Steven D. Granz, Abstracts of the 227th ACS National Meeting, CHED 0079, Anaheim, CA, March 2004.
  55. National Chemistry Week outreach: Family-oriented soapmaking workshop, Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 225th ACS National Meeting, CHED 0092, New Orleans, LA, March 2003.
  56. Soap across the curriculum: Inspiring students with folk chemistry, Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 222nd ACS National Meeting, CHED 0088, Chicago, IL, August 2001.
  57. RetroSyn-Web: Learning retrosynthetic reasoning on the web, Irvin J. Levy, Chuck Bartholomew, and David C. Limmer, Abstracts of the 222nd ACS National Meeting, CHED 0089, Chicago, IL, August 2001.
  58. Student as textbook author: Learning by writing, Irvin Jay Levy, Abstracts of the 221st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2001.
  59. Ma Pearl's oatmeal soap: Country chemistry in the laboratory, Irvin Jay Levy, Abstracts of the 221st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2001.
  60. Use of the APL programming language for solutions to chemical graph theoretical problems in the undergraduate curriculum, Irvin Jay Levy, Adam T. Chevalier, J. O. Egan III, T. Jason Kratz, Elizabeth A. Pino, and Lydia M. Stetson, Abstracts of the 218th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 1999.
  61. "The Internet and College Teaching", NECCUM Science Conference, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, 1995.
  62. "Using the American Chemical Society's 'WonderScience' in the Elementary School Curriculum", Four College Conference, Danvers, MA, 1995.
  63. Microscale Synthesis of cis,cis,cis,cis-1,2,3,4-Cyclopentanetetracarboxylic acid.  A Multistep Organic Synthesis Experiment, Irvin J. Levy and Todd M. Allen, Abstracts of the 199th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, March 1990.
  64. Simulation of Rotational Spectra Using Lotus 1-2-3, Irvin J. Levy, Abstracts of the 194th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, August 1987. 

 

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