Research Topics in Green Chemistry & Engineering

Green chemistry and engineering research is advancing chemistry and its application in many areas. Explore the topics below  for up-to-date research, reports, and resources.

Analytical Chemistry

Developing new methods, instruments, and other technologies to prevent and reduce harmful effects of analytical techniques.

Biobased Chemicals

Developing chemical feedstocks from sustainable sources and using catalytic chemistry to create high-value chemicals that drop-in or replace petrochemical products.


Moving from stoichiometric to homogenous and heterogeneous catalytic reactions using, organic, organometallic, inorganic, and biological catalysts.

Endangered Elements

Managing the extraction, use, reuse, dispersion, and alternatives development for elements in the chemical enterprise that are facing critical supply risks.

Green Chemistry & Engineering Metrics

Development and implementation of tools useful for analyzing the “greenness” of chemistries and processes. Metrics to assess the progress of green and sustainable chemistry.

Process Engineering

Designing processes, systems, and devices that minimize sustainability impacts of chemical products and/or reactions throughout their life cycle.

Rational Molecular Design for Reduced Toxicity

Deriving information from empirical, mechanistic, and computational methods to design chemicals that are less toxic.


Techniques and applications for solvent replacement and/or removal in various process conditions, as well as sustainability assessment of solvents.

Waste to Chemicals

Transforming wastes and residues (hundreds of megatonnes per year) to energy, fuels, and other useful chemicals.