392 pages, 175 b/w illustrations
Sustainable development, the circular economy and environmental issues are at the forefront of public and Government concern. The field of green chemistry aims to provide environmentally benign products from sustainable resources, using processes that do not harm people or the environment at the same time as helping solve key societal problems such as climate change. Updated throughout, this third edition features an expanded section on legislation, a revised chapter on measurement, and a completely re-written chapter on renewable resources, bringing readers the latest developments in this quickly-growing area. Case studies now include more recent examples of real-world applications from industry to demonstrate how the techniques of green chemistry work in practice. This fascinating textbook is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering green chemistry, and it encourages new ways of thinking about how products and processes are developed.
Green Chemistry. An Introductory Text
RSC Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2010, 340pp (HB) ISBN 9781847558732
Reviewed by Lucy Mitton
'... Lancaster was the former manager of the UK's Green Chemistry Network, and his book, Green chemistry: an introductory text, is a genuine introduction to the subject for undergraduate and postgraduate students, based as it is on clean chemical technology modules taught at the University of York. Much of the book should be understood by a general readership.
Starting from the 12 principles of green chemistry expounded by Paul Anastas in 1998, Lancaster, in a series of well written chapters, discusses such topics as waste minimisation, catalysis, solvents, environmental performance, renewable resources and alternative energy sources.
Lancaster's book is not just about green chemistry in the laboratory, but has several chapters on the industrial scene - developing greener technologies and processes as illust
- Principles and Concepts of Green Chemistry
- Waste: Production, Problems, and Prevention
- Measuring and Controlling Environmental Performance
- Catalysis and Green Chemistry
- Organic Solvents: Environmentally Benign Solutions
- Renewable Resources
- Alternative Greener Technologies and Alternative Energy Sources
- Designing Greener Processes
- Industrial Case Studies
- The Futures' Green: An Integrated Approach to a Greener Chemical Industry
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Mike Lancaster works for the Chemical Industries Association, UK. He has nearly 20 years' experience in the chemical industry, and set up the Royal Society of Chemistry Green Chemistry Network with the aim of enhancing research and fostering industry/academia partnerships.