Sustainable technology: Green chemistry

  title={Sustainable technology: Green chemistry},
  author={Martyn Poliakoff and Peter Licence},
Modern life depends on the petrochemical industry — most drugs, paints and plastics derive from oil. But current processes for making chemical products are not sustainable in terms of resources and environmental impact. Green chemistry aims to tackle this problem, and real progress is being made. 

Aqueous microwave chemistry: a clean and green synthetic tool for rapid drug discovery.

The fundamentals and significant outcomes of microwave-assisted organic synthesis in aqueous medium are summarized in this tutorial review, which have resulted in the development of relatively sustainable and environmentally benign protocols for the synthesis of drugs and fine chemicals.

Sustainability in catalytic oxidation: an alternative approach or a structural evolution?

This Review documents some examples of recent innovations in the field of catalytic selective oxidation from an industrial point of view, highlighting innovative aspects for a better sustainability of the chemical industry.

Green Chemistry with Microwave Energy

Green chemistry utilizes a set of 12 principles that reduces or eliminates the use or generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture, and applications of chemical products [1]. This

Multicatalysis from renewable resources: a direct route to furan-based polyesters

A multicatalytic route to produce 2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)furan and the corresponding copolymers is introduced. This one-pot approach uses several commercial catalysts and allows to obtain two furan

Phyto-Synthesis of Nanomaterials

This chapter describes the synthesis of various nanoparticles based on the principles of Green Chemistry. The procedure and main steps in the nanoparticles synthesis using plant extracts are

Demonstrating Sustainable Biomass Utilization and Processing Using Ionic Liquids – An Introduction to Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratories

A more sustainable, greener chemistry aiming at the utilization of renewable resources is a main research focus to reduce human environmental impact. Unfortunately, there is a lack of powerful,

Are lignin-derived monomers and polymers truly sustainable? An in-depth green metrics calculations approach

This critical review first describes the preeminent approaches for the synthesis of biobased monomers and polymers from lignin-derived compounds and evaluates the “greenness” aspects of the 175 key monomer synthetic methods and 32 polymerization methods.

Overcoming barriers to green chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry – the Green Aspiration Level™ concept

“Green chemistry” refers to the promotion of safe, sustainable, and waste-minimizing chemical processes. The proliferation of green chemistry metrics without any clear consensus on industry standards

Zeolite-supported metal catalysts for selective hydrodeoxygenation of biomass-derived platform molecules

Key concepts and challenges of zeolite-supported metal catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation of selected biomass-derived platform molecules.

Green Chemistry Metrics for Environmental Friendly Processes: Application to Biodiesel Production Using Cooking Oil

In order to quantify the “greenness” of a reaction or process, several parameters have to be involved not to miss any of the principles of green chemistry like the prevention rather than the waste treatment, the use of less hazardous components, the safe design, the design for energy efficiency, theUse of renewable feedstock’s, and theDesign for degradation.