Encyclopedia of Applied Electrochemistry

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerhard Kreysa, Ken-ichiro Ota, Robert F. Savinell

Green Electrochemistry

  • Jorge G. Ibanez
  • Alanah Fitch
  • Bernardo A. Frontana-Uribe
  • Ruben Vasquez-Medrano
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6996-5_132


Green chemistry (GC) has been defined as the utilization of a series of principles that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of dangerous substances during the design, fabrication, or application of chemical products [1].

Electrochemistry is naturally suited to conform to most of the principles involved in green chemistry. There are several environmentally favorable features of electrochemical transformations including [2, 3, 4] (a) electrons are intrinsically clean reagents; (b) most of the reactions may take place at room temperature which reduces energy consumption, the risk of corrosion, material failure, and the cost associated to temperature controls; (c) reactions may occur in low or null volatility reaction media (e.g., the use of ionic liquids), and this reduces accidental solvent releases to the atmosphere; (d) electrodes function as heterogeneous catalysts (they are easily separated from the products); (e) when the heterogeneous electron transfer is...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge G. Ibanez
    • 1
  • Alanah Fitch
    • 2
  • Bernardo A. Frontana-Uribe
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ruben Vasquez-Medrano
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and SciencesUniversidad IberoamericanaMéxicoMexico
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryLoyola UniversityChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química SustentableUAEMéx-UNAMTolucaMexico
  4. 4.Instituto de Química UNAMMexicoMexico