Green Chemistry

Catherine Howells

With many thanks to Mary Kirchoff, Paul Anastas and their collegues for much of the valuble information contained on this page.

Green chemistry encourages a change in perspective and thinking, and is extremely important for all areas of chemistry.

It looks at how the synthesis, processing and use of chemicals can be altered in order to reduce the risks to humans and the environment.  Green chemistry is basically the design of products and processes, which will reduce or completely eliminate the generation and use of hazardous substances.

Increased awareness in academia, industry and the general public has prompted the boom in green chemistry, although only a tiny amount of the full potential has been reached so far.


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