Synthetic chemicals improve and even save lives in countless ways. Yet, many can and do sicken and kill people and harm the environment. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. By practicing basic principles of green chemistry – design with systems in mind, include sustainability in performance criteria, use renewable feedstocks, and avoid producing toxic substances – chemists and engineers can develop new, beneficial molecules while avoiding the harm that characterizes many compounds in use today.
About the Authors
Julie Zimmerman, Paul Anastas, and Hanno Erythropel are researchers at Yale University. Walter Leitner is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim, Germany.
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