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Green Chemistry Metrics: Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Processes

ISBN: 978-1-4051-5968-5
344 pages
October 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Quantifying the environmental impact of chemical technologies and products, and comparing alternative products and technologies in terms of their “greenness” is a challenging task. In order to characterise various aspects of a complex phenomenon, a number of different indicators are selected into a metric. This book outlines fundamental developments in chemistry and chemical technology that have led to the development of green chemistry, green chemical technology, and sustainable chemical technology concepts, and provide a foundation for the development of the corresponding metrics. It includes different approaches to metrics, and case study examples of their applications, and problems in practice.

Green Chemistry Metrics is aimed at graduate students and researchers, practitioners and environmental managers in industry, metrics developers, and governmental agencies and NGOs in the area of environmental protection and sustainability. The main focus will be on chemical processes, however the book will be relevant to other industry sectors such as energy, electronics, healthcare, food and consumer products.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction.

2 Incentives for Using Green Chemistry and the Presentation of An Approach for Green Chemical Design.

3 Green Product Design.

4 Application of Green Metrics Analysis to Chemical Reactions and Synthesis Plans.

5 Mass balances and life cycle assessment.

6 Process metrics.

7 Application of life cycle assessment in process development.

8 Tools and Strategies for Greening Chemical Inventories in Small Businesses

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Author Information

Dr Alexei Lapkin has been at the University of Bath, Department of Chemical Engineering, since 1997. He graduated from Novosibirsk State University, Russia in 1994. Dr. David J. C. Constable has been with GlaxoSmithKline in the Corporate Environment, Health and Safety Department since 1991. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA in 1986.

Dr David J.C. Constable is currently the Director of EHS Product Stewardship Team, Corporate Environment, Health and Safety, at GlaxoSmithKline.

Contributors to the book:

Dr Martin Abraham
Dr Nick D. Anastas
Dr John Andraos
Dr Bruno Bühler
Professor Enick M. Carreira
Dr James Clark
Dr Marco Eissen
Dr Christian Fischer
Dr Georg Geisler
Dr Lauren Heine
Professor Konrad Hungerbühle
Dr Conchita Jimenez-Gonzalez
Dr Dana Kralisch
Dr Alexei Lapkin
Ms Teresa McGrath
Dr Richard Miller
Professor Andreas Schmid
Dr Neil Winterton

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The Wiley Advantage

This is the first book to focus on metrics and their application to green chemical technology and sustainability. The topic is timely, having been the subject of considerable debate for the last 10 years.

Initial introductory chapters are of particular relevance to graduate students and educators, whereas “how to and how not to” chapters and well-documented case studies make the techniques accessible to industry practitioners.

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