Chemistry for sustainable technologies: a foundation
Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry 2010 | 504pp | £62.99 (HB)
Reviewed by James Clark
Green chemistry in a wider context
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However, while specialist areas have helped to give substance to the concept, there perhaps still remains a need to see green chemistry in a wider context - historical (why did we need green chemistry?), intellectual (addressing serious complexities and challenges) and societal (how we can continue to consume limited resources but in a sustainable way?).
Neil Winteron's book sets out to do this in a way that will appeal to young chemists and others with an appreciation of the importance of reconciling our needs with those of the planet through better science. This an ambitious single author work that introduces its readers to chemistry and sustainability with generous use of illustrations, case studies and references, and with a personalised approach based on many years working in chemistry and the chemical industry.
In the first half of the book the topics covered are remarkably diverse and range from the very general such, as 'what is science', to the more specialised, such as 'green chemistry metrics'. The chapter on the chemistry of the environment is an excellent introduction to the subject that would be suitable for non-specialists. The chapter on waste is very welcome, although it might have benefited from the more modern 'closed loop' approaches and industrial symbiosis. The second half of the book is more appropriate for chemists wanting to know about the major topics in green chemistry and includes chapters on catalysis, processing, biomass and energy.
RSC members can purchase this book direct from the RSC for a 35% discount.
This unique book provides an interdisciplinary introduction to sustainability issues in the context of chemistry and chemical technology, including engineering.