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Environ Sci Technol. 2003 Dec 1;37(23):5349-53.

Promoting green engineering through green chemistry.

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  • 1Green Chemistry Institute, American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, USA.


The decisions made by chemists in designing chemical products and processes directly impactthe options available to engineers. The physical and chemical properties of a material, for example, dictate the type of reactor that must be used in a given process. The task of the engineer is simplified when chemists design products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry provides a foundation on which to build green engineering. This paper highlights green chemistry technologies that minimize the need for engineering safeguards in the areas of feedstocks, reagents, solvents, and syntheses.

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