Green Chemistry….Heard of it?

Background

Chemistry has played a pivotal role in changing how humans

  1. Cook and Eat Food (Vessels and Cooking Gas)
  2. Travel (Electric Vehicles/Gas – Natural or Gasoline(Petrol/Diesel/Biodiesel))
  3. Store (Containers made from Plastic)
  4. Dress (Composite materials made using Cotton/Silk or Synthetic Materials like Nylon etc.)
  5. Decorate (Furnitures – Tables and Desks made from different composites)

The list is not exclusive nor exhaustive. It just gives an idea about how much our life has been impacted by one of the wings of pure sciences – Chemistry. The other wings being Physics and Mathematics

Applications of Green Chemistry Approaches in Environmental Analysis |  Bentham Science
Chemistry: Different Areas of Application

Background

According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), the term “Green Chemistry” was first coined by the US Environmental Protection Agency – Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxins around the 1990s.

What's the Definition of 'Green Chemistry?' - EHS Daily Advisor
Green Chemistry

Taking this approach ahead, two scientists named Paul Anastas and John C. Warner published in the year 1998, set of focus areas which is currently known as “Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry“.

Green Chemistry: 12 Principles

What is use now?

With the climate change going on rapidly, the use in the current decade is more than anything.

NOAA monthly U.S., global climate report call: August 19 | National Oceanic  and Atmospheric Administration
Climate Change brought about by human activities

To tackle the issue, scientists have turned their attention to

Biofuels

Biofuels in the EU: A Vision for 2030 and beyond - BiofuelsBiofuels
Biofuel Ecosystem

New Modes of Energy Storage – Fuel Cells

Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Basics — Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association
Fuel Cell: Energy Storage Device

New Modes of Transport – Electric Vehicles & Hydrogen Fuel Cell based Vehicles

How Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Can Help Drive the Clean Energy Transition
Electric Vehicle & Hydrogen Fuel Cell Based Vehicle

New Modes of Energy Generation – Solar Cells

PV Cells 101: A Primer on the Solar Photovoltaic Cell | Department of Energy
Solar Cells: Electricity Generation using Sunlight

Replacement of CFC and other deadly cooling agents

Institutions and governments can slow climate change by regulating and  reducing halocarbon refrigerant use - MIT Science Policy Review
Alternatives to CFC & HFC to deal with Global Warming

Scientists are striving to make progress in the areas listed which can bring dividends in the form of climate & human quality of life.

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References:

  1. https://zymvol.com/2021/05/19/why-is-green-chemistry-important-origins-and-industry-impact/
  2. https://ehsdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/08/whats-the-definition-of-green-chemistry/
  3. https://www.fchea.org/h2-day-2019-events-activities/2019/8/1/fuel-cell-amp-hydrogen-energy-basics
  4. https://www.biofuelstp.eu/
  5. https://www.noaa.gov/media-advisory/noaa-monthly-us-global-climate-report-call-august-19
  6. https://www.visualcapitalist.com/6-ways-hydrogen-and-fuel-cells-can-help-transition-to-clean-energy/
  7. https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/articles/pv-cells-101-primer-solar-photovoltaic-cell
  8. https://sciencepolicyreview.org/2020/08/institutions-and-governments-can-slow-climate-change-by-regulating-and-reducing-halocarbon-refrigerant-use/

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