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Innovations in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering

Paul T. Anastas, Julie B. Zimmerman

Hardcover, 333 Pages
1st Edition, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4614-5817-3


Processes that meet the objectives of green chemistry and chemical engineering minimize waste and energy use, and eliminate toxic by-products. Given the ubiquitous nature of products from chemical processes in our lives, green chemistry and chemical engineering are vital components of any sustainable future. Gathering together ten peer-reviewed articles from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Innovations in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering provides a comprehensive introduction to the state-of-the-art in this key area of sustainability research. Worldwide experts present the latest developments on topics ranging from organic batteries and green catalytic transformations to green nanoscience and nanotoxicology. An essential, one-stop reference for professionals in research and industry, this book also fills the need for an authoritative course text in environmental and green chemistry and chemical engineering at the upper-division undergraduate and graduate levels.

Editorial Review

There are numerous options available for industry to operate sustainably, as shown by the enormous (12,568 pages!) "Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology". This compendium does not even leave out such topics as "Nuclear Energy" and "Earth System Monitoring", and its scope and thematic breadth make it most suitable as a library acquisition. "Innovations in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering" offers an interesting and welcome choice for synthesis and process chemists - a selection of very readable articles from the complete work in a book that won’t break the budget.

A glance through the chapter titles shows that the topics are widely scattered, but they are narrowly focused and, if anything, representative. For example, the reader is introduced to detailed facts about "Gas Expanded Liquids", but gets only the briefest overview of other green solvents as an introduction to the chapter. Nevertheless, as a collection of topics of current interest, these chapters do make the book a good supplement to earlier textbooks on the subject of green chemistry. What is covered in the specific chapters is quite well done: detailed and readable explanations of novel polymers or organic batteries are presented, and the chapter on "Green Metrics" offers a valuable list of benchmarks and methods by which various synthesis pathways can be evaluated.

Anyone with an interest in green chemistry and wishing to become familiar with the state of the art through a few representative selected topics should consider buying this book.


1. Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Introduction
2. Gas Expanded Liquids for Sustainable Catalysis
3. Green Catalytic Transformations
4. Green Chemistry Metrics: Material Efficiency and Strategic Synthesis Design
5. Green Chemistry with Microwave Energy
6. Nanotoxicology in Green Nanoscience
7. New Polymers, Renewables as Raw Materials
8. Organic Batteries
9. Oxidation Catalysts for Green Chemistry
10. Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (CO2) as Green Solvent