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Our Sustainable Future
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- Beyond Hydrogen: The New Chemistry of Fuel Cells (Dec. 2007)
As gas prices and global temperatures continue to rise, discussions about the feasibility of fuel cell-powered vehicles intensify. Learn more about fuel cells and the various fuels that could be used in their operation.
- Chemistry Builds a Green Home (October 2006)
It seems that everything is turning “green” these days. When the concept is brought home, the results are impressive. Today’s homes can be both environmentally friendly and esthetically pleasing.
- Do You Want Biodiesel with That? (April 2005)
It’s the environmentally friendly alternative fuel made from almost any vegetable oil—even from old oil used to cook French fries.
- Bacteria Power (April 2004)
Stinky mud + water + graphite rod + wire = power?!!! That’s right. What’s missing is the amazing, naturally occurring bacteria that make it all possible.
- Building a Better Bleach: A Green Chemistry Challenge (April 2004)
Can chemists make a powerful bleach with the environmentally friendly byproducts, oxygen and water?
- Green Chemistry—Stopping Pollution Before It Starts (April 2003)
Can we have our products without hurting the environment? It sounds too good to be true, but chemists and manufacturers are finding that with a little planning, many items can be “benign by design.”
Focusing on the sustainability topic of alternative solvents, SciFinder®, a research tool produced by CAS (a division of the American Chemical Society), found 655 references published this year on the use of carbon dioxide as a solvent. Specifying the concept "supercritical carbon dioxide" as a solvent yielded 304 references for the same timeframe. A more general search in SciFinder for use of "supercritical fluids" as solvents found 339 references.
The CAS databases cover references from more than 10,000 major scientific journals and 57 patent authorities worldwide.
In the News
- Solar Decathlon stars sustainable designs
ES&T, Oct. 31, 2007
- Green chemistry gets the prize
ES&T, July 18, 2007
- Ensuring environmentally sustainable coal use
ES&T, July 11, 2007
- Model cities for sustainability
ES&T, June 13, 2007
- Sharing sustainable solutions
ES&T, April 4, 2007
- Sustainable agriculture delivers the crops
ES&T, Dec. 21, 2005
- Anastas, P.T., Warner J.C., 2000, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, USA
- Manahan, S., 2005, Green Chemistry and the Ten Commandments of Sustainability, 2nd edition, ChemChar Research Inc.
- McDonough, W., Braungart, M., 2002, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, North Point Press
- Edwards, A.R., Orr,. D.W., 2005, The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift, New Society Publishers
- Esty, D.C., Winston, A.S., 2006, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, Yale University Press
- Dresner, S., 2002, The Principles of Sustainability, Earthscan Publications, Ltd.
Sources for this podcast
- Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis and Transformations using Benign Reaction Media
- Alternative Fluoropolymers to Avoid the Challenges Associated with Perfluorooctanoic Acid
- Greener Nanoscience: A Proactive Approach to Advancing Applications and Reducing Implications of Nanotechnology
- Fusing green chemistry and green engineering: DesignBuild at the molecular level
- Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
- ACS Green Chemistry Institute
- Green Chemistry at the Environmental Protection Agency
- Green Chemistry Resource Exchange
- Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering at Yale University
- California Green Chemistry Initiative
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