Green alternatives to petrochemicals

July 20, 2008 at 9:44 pm Leave a comment

Last December, Drs. Martyn Poliakoff and Peter Licence from the the University of Nottingham sat down to chat about petrochemicals, sustainable technologies, and green chemistry. Their conversation was published in Nature (6 Dec 2007, 450, p. 810-812). Here are some of the questions that were asked (and answered):

  • Why is chemical manufacture becoming unsustainable?
  • What aspects of manufacturing does green chemistry address?
  • How can you tell if a chemical process is green?
  • Is it possible to quantify how green a process is?
  • Why not just replace all organic solvents with water?
  • Can the chemical industry break free from petroleum as a basic feedstock?
  • What is the real intellectual challenge for the future?
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