Cleaning up with Atom Economy

Cleaning up the environment and, more importantly, preventing pollution are important issues in today's world. The theme for the 2002 National Chemistry Week was "Chemistry Keeps Us Clean." While the chemical industry is traditionally viewed more as a cause than a solution to pollution, chemistry does offer unique solutions in the area of waste prevention. One of the most fundamental of these solutions is the application of the green chemistry principle of atom economy to chemical reactions. Atom economy moves the practice of minimizing waste to the molecular level. Traditionally, chemists have focused on maximizing yield, minimizing the number of steps or synthesizing a completely unique chemical. Green chemistry and atom economy introduce a new goal into reaction chemistry: designing reactions so that the atoms present in the starting materials end up in the product rather than in the waste stream. This concept provides a framework for evaluating different chemistries, and an ideal to strive for in new reaction chemistry.

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Cleaning up the environment and, more importantly, preventing pollution are important issues in today's world. The theme for the 2002 National Chemistry Week was "Chemistry Keeps Us Clean." While the chemical industry is traditionally viewed more as a cause than a solution to pollution, chemistry does offer unique solutions in the area of waste prevention. One of the most fundamental of these solutions is the application of the green chemistry principle of atom economy to chemical reactions. Atom economy moves the practice of minimizing waste to the molecular level. Traditionally, chemists have focused on maximizing yield, minimizing the number of steps or synthesizing a completely unique chemical. Green chemistry and atom economy introduce a new goal into reaction chemistry: designing reactions so that the atoms present in the starting materials end up in the product rather than in the waste stream. This concept provides a framework for evaluating different chemistries, and an ideal to strive for in new reaction chemistry.

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Keyword Atom Economy, Green Chemistry, Chemistry
Date Of Record Creation 2019-01-26 19:50:21
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Date Last Modified 12/29/2015 16:09
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Date Record Checked: 12/29/2015 16:07 (W3C-DTF)

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