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Green Chemistry Metrics: Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Processes

Green Chemistry Metrics: Measuring and Monitoring Sustainable Processes

Alexei Lapkin (Editor), David J. C. Constable (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-30543-2

Mar 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

344 pages


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.

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

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.