Green Chemistry Textbooks & Printed Resources

This page highlights several green chemistry textbooks, manuals and booklets for educators. These learning materials are available for purchase through ACS or other publishers and are written for audiences ranging from undergraduate non-chemistry majors to chemistry professionals.

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Green Chemistry Textbooks   

Green Chemistry Text Book Topics:

  • General Green Chemistry & Sustainability
  • Green Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry & Green Chemistry
  • Engineering & Green Chemistry
  • Environmental & Toxicological Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy & Green Chemistry


General Green Chemistry & Sustainability


Chemistry for Changing Times, 13th Edition

Authors: John W. Hill, Terry W. McCreary, Doris K. Kolb
Details: Textbook, 800 pages; published by Prentice Hall, 2012

Description: Introductory chemistry presented in an accessible textbook for liberal arts majors. The latest edition incorporates Green Chemistry content and up-to-date examples.

Level: Undergrad, non-chemistry majors

Chemistry in Context, 8th Edition

Editor: American Chemical Society
Details: Textbook, 608 pages, Published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2015

Description: This is an issues-based textbook that establishes basic chemical principles. Sustainability and green chemistry solutions are addressed along with issues such as global warming, alternate fuels, nutrition, and genetic engineering.

Level: Undergrad, non-chemistry majors; Intro to chemistry

Green Chemistry Fundamentals and Applications

Authors: Suresh Ameta and Rakshit Ameta
Details: Textbook, 385 pages, Published by Apple Academic Press, 2013

Description: Highly technical textbook that introduces the need, applications, and advantages of environmentally friendly chemical practice in industry. The book addresses such topics as ecologically safe products, catalysts, and solvents.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Green Chemistry: An Introductory Text, 2nd Edition

Author: Mike Lancaster
Details: Textbook, 344 pages, Published by Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013

Description: Introductory textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry students, based on clean chemical technology modules taught at the University of York in England. Includes case studies and current examples from industry.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Green Chemistry Laboratory Manual for General Chemistry Csm Lab Edition

Author: Sally A. Henrie
Details: Textbook, 384 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2015

Description: This book provides educational laboratory materials that challenge students with the customary topics found in a general chemistry laboratory manual, while encouraging them to investigate the practice of green chemistry.

Level: Undergrad

Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice

Authors: Paul Anastas and John Warner
Details: Educational book, 152 pages, Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 1998 (paperback 2000)

Description: This is the first book published on Green Chemistry and introduced the original 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Includes basic information on the design, development, and evaluation processes of Green Chemistry.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Handbook of Green Chemistry and Technology 1st Edition

Author: James H. Clark and Duncan Macquarrie 
Details: Textbook, 560 pages, Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2002

Description: This highly practical and rigorous book brings together reviews on the important aspects of green chemistry and technology, and is written by a team of world-renowned chemists spearheaded by leaders in the field.

Level: Undergrad through professonal 

Introduction to Green Chemistry, 2nd Edition

Authors: Albert Matlack
Details: Textbook, 599 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2010

Description: A comprehensive text which covers the basics of Green Chemistry and addresses up-to-date, highly technical areas of green chemistry research and application.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional


Green Organic Chemistry


Green Organic Chemistry and Its Interdisciplinary Applications

Author: Dr. Vera M. Kolb
Details: Textbook, 175 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2016

Description: Using a set of selected experiments, this textbook demonstrates how to optimize and develop green experiments. By focusing on both the interdisciplinary applications of green chemistry and the innovative thinking that has produced new developments in the field, this book provides a single and concise reference for chemists, instructors, and students learning about green organic chemistry and reinforces its great and ever-expanding number of applications.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Green Techniques for Organic Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry

Editors: Wei Zhang, Berkeley Cue
Details: Textbook, 768 pages, Published by Wiley, 2012

Description: This textbook presents an overview of established and emerging techniques in green organic chemistry. Highlights applications in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

New Trends in Green Chemistry

Authors: V. K. Ahluwalia and M. Kidwai
Details: Textbook , 263 pages, Published by Springer, 2004

Description: This highly technical textbook describes detailed methodologies and technologies to carry out green synthesis chemistry.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Sustainable Catalysis: Challenges and Practices for the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Industries

Authors: Peter J. Dunn, K. K. (Mimi) Hii, Michael J. Krische, Michael T. Williams
Details: Textbook, 440 pages, Published by Wiley, 2013

Description: Detailed green chemistry textbook focusing on fine chemistry and pharmaceuticals, including chemo-, bio-, and organo-catalytic approaches to C–H, C–N, and C–C bond-forming reactions. Offers a balanced perspective on current limitations, challenges, and solutions for industrial chemists dedicated to large-scale process development.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional


Biochemistry & Green Chemistry


Introduction to Chemicals from Biomass (Wiley Series in Renewable Resource) 2nd Edition

Editors: James Clark and Fabien Deswarte
Details: Textbook344 pages, Published by Wiley, 2015

Description: Overview of the use of biorenewable resources in the twentyfirst century for the manufacture of chemical products, materials and energy. 

Level: Undergrad through professional

Bioinspiration and Biomimicry in Chemistry: Reverse-Engineering Nature

Editor: Gerhard Swiegers; Forewards by Jean-Marie Lehn and Janine Benyus
Details: Textbook, 471 pages, Published by Wiley, 2012

Description: This book explores the chemistry of Nature and how we can replicate what Nature does in an a biological setting.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional




Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Pathway to Sustainability

Authors: Anne E. Marteel-Parish and Martin A. Abraham
Details: Textbook, 376 pages, Published by Wiley, 2013

Description: This texbook covers introductory concepts in chemistry and engineering while integrating sustainability concepts such as greenhouse gas potential, renewable energy, solvent selection, and ecotoxicity.Green chemistry features include case studies from Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge winners. 

Level: Undergrad chemistry and engineering majors

Green Chemistry & Engineering: A Practical Design Approach

Authors: Concepción Jiménez-González and David J.C. Constable
Details: Textbook, 675 pages, Published by Wiley, 2011

Description: This textbook for students and working chemists and engineers provides bottom-line thinking for green chemistry and engineering. Details methods of designing greener, safer chemical synthesis and manufacturing processes are presented with the intent of moving businesses towards more sustainable practices and products.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional


Environmental & Toxicological Chemistry


Fundamentals of Environmental and Toxicological Chemistry: Sustainable Science, 4th Edition

Author: Stanley E. Manahan
Details: Textbook, 614 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2013

Description: Textbook on environmental chemistry, with an emphasis on toxics. Newest edition covers sustainability and green chemistry and is organized based on spheres of Earth’s environment: water, air, solid Earth, life, and man-made environments.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional


Renewable Energy & Green Chemistry


Efficiency and Sustainability in the Energy and Chemical Industries, 2nd Edition

Editors: Krishman Sankaranarayanan, Hedzer J. van der Kooi, Jakob de Swaan Arons
Details: Textbook, 393 Pages, Published by CRC Press, 2010

Description: Case studies illustrate an emerging model of sustainability for industry. Recommended as a resource for those engaged in the transition from fossil-based fuels to renewable and sustainable energy sources using low-waste procedures.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Green Chemistry Lab Manuals

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute recommends the following green chemistry lab manuals for undergraduates:


Experiments in Green and Sustainable Chemistry

Editors: Herbert W. Roesky, Dietmar Kennepohl; Foreword by Jean-Marie Lehn
Details: Laboratory Manual, 307 pages, Published by Wiley, 2009

Description: Experts present more than 40 real-life teaching experiments, structured and grouped by green chemistry categories such as limiting waste and exposure.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Green Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory

Editor: Andres Dicks
Details: Laboratory Manual, 299 pages, Published by CRC Press, 2011

Description: This undergraduate level manual details published laboratory experiments and proven case studies from both lecture/seminar and practical perspectives.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Green Organic Chemistry: Strategies, Tools, and Laboratory Experiments

Authors: Kenneth Doxsee and James Hutchison
Details: Laboratory Manual, 256 pages, Published by Cengage Learning, 2003

Description: This lab text describes the tools and strategies of green chemistry, and the lab experiments that allow investigation of organic chemistry concepts and techniques in environmentally-benign laboratory experiments. Students acquire the tools to assess the health and environmental impacts of chemical processes and the strategies to develop new processes that are less harmful to human health and the environment.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Greener Approaches to Undergraduate Chemistry Experiments

Editors: Mary Kirchhoff and Mary Ann Ryan
Details: Laboratory Manual, 49 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society Educational Division, 2002

Description: Fourteen green chemistry experiments for undergrads are presented in this laboratory manual. Most of the experiments are green analogs of typical undergraduate organic chemistry experiments that highlight traditional chemical concepts with more environmentally friendly reactions and methods. (Also available in Spanish)

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors

Other Green Chemistry Reference Materials


Going Green: Integrating Green Chemistry into the Curriculum

Editors: Mary Kirchhoff and Mary Ann Ryan
Details: Laboratory Manual, 49 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society Educational Division, 2002

Description: This booklet offers a "how-to" introduction to green chemistry education for educators. An overview of the principles of green chemistry and the definition and importance of sustainability are presented along with several short essays by educators describing how they incorporated green chemistry into their classrooms.

Level: Teachers from middle school level up to undergraduate level

Innovations in Green Chemistry and Green Engineering: Selected Entries from the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology

Editors: Paul Anastas and Julie Zimmerman
Details: Reference Book , 333 page, Published by Springer, 2013

Description: This technical textbook covers fundamentals and cutting-edge developments in a sustainability. Spans chemistry, engineering, and environmental science. Experts present the latest developments on topics ranging from green catalytic transformations to green nanoscience.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

Introduction to Green Chemistry: Instructional Activities for Introductory Chemistry

Editors: Mary Ann Ryan and Michael Tinnesand
Details: Booklet, 68 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society, 2002

Description: Introductory booklet with activities, references, and resource materials on green chemistry. Instructional notes highlight the linkages between green chemistry and a regular chemistry curriculum. An accompanying CD-ROM contains PDF files of the activities and a PowerPoint presentation.

Level: High school and undergrad

Real-World Cases in Green Chemistry, Volume II

Authors: Michael C. Cann, Thomas P. Umile
Details: Reference Book, 86 pages, Published by the American Chemical Society, 2011

Description: Case studies of ten projects that received or were nominated for the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. These examples are applicable in courses such as general chemistry, organic, inorganic, biochemistry, polymer, environmental, industrial, toxicology and chemistry for non-majors.

Level: Undergrad chemistry majors through professional

ACS GCI's Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference

The 27th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference will be held June 13-15, 2023 in Long Beach, CA on the theme, Closing the Loop: Chemistry for a Sustainable Future.