Elements of Sustainable Chemistry (ESC) is an interdisciplinary research hub based at Deakin University, Australia. We are Chemistry and Education lecturers and researchers who have a shared passion and commitment to promote the vital role of chemical sciences in addressing global socio-scientific issues including sustainable development.

We collaborate with national and international partners to develop and test teaching and learning resources for primary, secondary and tertiary education settings.

We also facilitate professional learning workshops around themes such as systems thinking, the circular economy, life cycle analysis, sustainable development, and how these relate to chemistry education. Our range of professional learning opportunities is expanding.

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, we developed, organised and ran the Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements (PTSE) school outreach project. The Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements received grant funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

Financial support was also received through an interdisciplinary establishment grant from Deakin University’s Science and Society Network (SSN).


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Many of the outreach programs we have facilitated, such as the Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements and Future STEM Gen, would not have been possible without our excellent postgraduate and undergraduate student volunteers!

Periodic Table of Sustainable Elements – Elley Rudebeck, Kara Spilstead, Lekha Krishna, Elisha Moloney, Stefan Bos, Tim Harte, Telisia Smith, Mikayla Milanovic, Leah Cadzow, Teah Coate, Billie Murray, Mara Macs, Faith Ukpiebo, and Conner Rudebeck. Thank you as well to Alan Mainwaring (Deakin Uni) who also came to Brauer College, Warrnambool.

Future STEM Gen – , Tessa Faulks, Azra Sourjah, Marco Amores Segura, Federico Vallana and Tharani Dissanayake.

Contact us

Email: s.delaney(%20at%20)deakin.edu.au

Street address (School of Education):
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria, 3125

Street address (School of Life & Environmental Sciences):
75 Pigdons Road
Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216