Green Chemistry

Green Chemistry

An Inclusive Approach

1st Edition - November 7, 2017

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  • Editors: Bela Torok, Timothy Dransfield
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128092705
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095492

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Green Chemistry: An Inclusive Approach provides a broad overview of green chemistry for researchers from either an environmental science or chemistry background, starting at a more elementary level, incorporating more advanced concepts, and including more chemistry as the book progresses. Every chapter includes recent, state-of-the-art references, in particular, review articles, to introduce researchers to this field of interest and provide them with information that can be easily built upon. By bringing together experts in multiple subdisciplines of green chemistry, the editors have curated a single central resource for an introduction to the discipline as a whole. Topics include a broad array of research fields, including the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere, water and soil, the synthesis of fine chemicals, and sections on pharmaceuticals, plastics, energy related issues (energy storage, fuel cells, solar, and wind energy conversion etc., greenhouse gases and their handling, chemical toxicology issues of everyday products (from perfumes to detergents or clothing), and environmental policy issues.

Key Features

  • Introduces the topic of green chemistry with an overview of key concepts
  • Expands upon presented concepts with the latest research and applications, providing both the breadth and depth researchers need
  • Includes a broad range of application based problems to make the content accessible for professional researchers and undergraduate and graduate students
  • Authored by experts in a broad range of fields, providing insider information on the aspects or challenges of a given field that are most important and urgent


Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students studying green chemistry within chemistry, biochemistry and biology, pharmacology, energy, physics, ecology, environmental sciences, and engineering programs; people working in industry, from researchers to public relations specialists to executives

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    1.1 Green Chemistry: Historical Perspectives and Basic Concepts

    2. Chemical Issues of Modern Society
    2.1 Environmental Chemistry, Renewable Energy and Global Policy
    2.2 Sustainable Synthesis
    2.3. Integrating the Principles of Toxicology Into a Chemistry Curriculum
    2.4 Effects of Environmental Factors on DNA: damage and mutations

    3. Green Chemistry in Practice
    3.1. The Natural Atmosphere
    3.2. Air Pollution and Air Quality
    3.3. Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and Recovery
    3.4. The Greenhouse Effect, Aerosols, and Climate Change
    3.5. The Chemistry of Natural Waters
    3.6. Water Contamination and Pollution
    3.7. Contaminants of Emerging Concern, with an Emphasis on Nanomaterials and Pharmaceuticals
    3.8. Pollution in the Coastal Zone: A Case Study of Wastewater on Cape Cod, MA
    3.9. The Composition of Soils and Sediments
    3.10. Heavy Metal Pollution and Remediation
    3.11. Application of Green Chemistry in Homogeneous Catalysis
    3.12. Heterogeneous Catalysis: A Fundamental Pillar of Sustainable Synthesis
    3.13. Phase Transfer Catalysis: a Tool for Environmentally Benign Synthesis
    3.14. Biocatalysis: Nature’s Chemical Toolbox
    3.15. Organic Solvents in Sustainable Synthesis and Engineering by
    3.16. Ionic liquids as novel media and catalysts for electrophilic/onium ion chemistry and metal-mediated reactions
    3.17. Solvent-free synthesis of nanoparticles
    3.18. Application of Microwaves in Sustainable Organic Synthesis
    3.19. Application of Sonochemical Activation in Green Synthesis
    3.20. Principles of Electrocatalysis
    3.21. Principles of Photochemical Activation toward Artificial Photosynthesis and Organic Transformations
    3.22. Biopolymers: biodegradable alternatives to traditional plastics
    3.23. Modern Applications of Green Chemistry: Renewable Energy
    3.24. From ethanol to biodiesel: a survey of green fuels
    3.25. Solar Energy Conversion
    3.26. Towards a Sustainable Carbon Cycle: the Methanol Economy
    3.27. Natural and Nature-Inspired Synthetic Small Molecule Antioxidants in the Context of Green Chemistry
    3.28. The Value-adding Connections between the Management of Eco-innovation and the Principles of Green Chemistry and Engineering
    3.29. The International Chemicals Regime: Protecting Health and the Environment

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1058
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 7, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128092705
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095492

About the Editors

Bela Torok

Dr Torok received his Ph.D. from the University of Szeged, Hungary in Organic Chemistry/Heterogeneous Catalysis in 1995. After receiving his Ph.D. he did postdoctoral training with the 1994 Nobel Laureate George Olah at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles working on the development of environmentally benign alkylate gasoline production. He has held various faculty appointments at Michigan Technological University and the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he is currently a Professor of Chemistry. In 2011/12 he was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working with the 2005 Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock on the development of new alkene metathesis catalysts. His main research focus is on the design of new green chemistry processes for the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The major tools applied in his research are heterogeneous catalysis (both metal and solid acid), catalytic hydrogenation, the application of aqueous medium in organic synthesis and unusual activation methods such as microwave and ultrasonic irradiation. He has published over 150 papers and book chapters, many of them in the journal Green Chemistry and Green Chemistry related books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Timothy Dransfield

Dr Dransfield is Associate Teaching Professor at Northeastern University. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Harvard University in 2002, working with James Anderson in the study of the gas-phase radical reactions of the lower atmosphere. He also did his post-doctoral work in the Anderson group studying the oxidation pathways of small organic molecules in the polluted troposphere. He then joined MB in 2004, where he served in various faculty positions.His research interests blend computational chemistry with gas-phase kinetics and mechanistic studies, and the use of infrared spectroscopy to identify gas-phase and aerosol species. He has experience teaching chemistry to all audiences, from graduate students to health science majors, and has developed a keen understanding of the differing needs of different students. He led the team-taught graduate course on Green Chemistry at UMB several times, and oversaw the integration of a wide array of topics into the survey of the field.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northeastern University, Boston

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