, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 241-242
Date: 25 Nov 2011

Herbert W. Roesky and Dietmar K. Kennepohl (eds): Experiments in green and sustainable chemistry

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According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, “Sustainable chemistry is the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes. Within the broad framework of sustainable development, government, academia and industry should strive to maximise resource efficiency through activities such as energy and non-renewable resource conservation, risk minimisation, pollution prevention, minimisation of waste at all stages of a product life-cycle, and the development of products that are durable and can be re-used and recycled” (OECD Workshop 1998).

Today “green” seems to be everywhere. Some journalists, writers, and scientists have described the increasing popularity of sustainable chemistry as a revolution similar to the agricultural and industrial revolutions of previous centuries. Inasmuch as revolutions involve a wholesale discarding of the old and replacing it with something new, Roesky and Kenne ...