Panel 12: Green Chemistry and Sustainable Methods

Green Chemistry and Sustainable Methods

Chair: Uwe Rinner, IMC FH Krems

Co-Chairs:
Barbara Gepp, FH Technikum Wien
Dominik Schild, IMC FH Krems
Georg Sixta, IMC FH Krems

Presentations of current projects and discussion of their potential applications, formation of networks and collaborations between different groups, promotion of Green Chemistry and the utilization of renewable materials.

Topics

  • Green and sustainable chemical processes
  • Application of renewable resources in industry (large scale and special products)
  • Reduction and utilization of waste
  • Environmental remediation

Summary

Sustainable Chemistry, the utilization of renewables materials, and the development of sustainable methods rapidly gain importance as our society is facing problems arising from climate change, increasing emission of green house gases, the pollution of our planet and the decrease of available resources.

The concept of Green Chemistry has first been postulated by Paul Anastas and John Warner who summarized their ideas in a total of 12 principles. [1] Since the initial publication, many research groups became engaged in this topic [2-5] and over the years their effort resulted in the development of many environmentally benign processes. [6] Some of these achievements are listed below:

  • Industrial processes have been optimized in respect to the amounts of solvents necessary for individual operations
  • Novel catalysts have been developed which allow the production of certain products in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way
  • Toxic reagents were replaced by less harmful chemicals in certain processes
  • Renewable materials are replacing crude oil in the production of novel polymers and other important industrial products

Overall, great advances have been made but there is still a lot of room for further improvements. It is of utmost importance to advertise this field and to increase the interest in Green and Sustainable Chemistry in order to facilitate the implementation of more environmentally friendly processes in industry.

The panel should motivate researchers to present their activities in this important field and it should provide a platform for intensive discussion and further exchange of research ideas in this field.

Despite the importance of Green Chemistry for our future, and despite the great geographical advantage of Austria (our country is covered by large areas of forests and wood-based resources are readily available), we have only a small umbers of researchers working in this future-oriented field. The Umweltbundesamt (Austrian Environmental Agency) has only responded two years ago to the growing importance of Green Chemistry with the implementation of the “Plattform Grüne Chemie”. A panel with focus on Green Chemistry is thus highly needed to further promote research activities and to allow researchers from different institutions to connect and exchange ideas. With the implementation of this panel, we aim for a broader acceptance of Green Chemistry and we hope that we can motivate researchers to get engaged in this field.

Overall, we expect contributions in the area of waste treatment, [7] application and production of wood-based (cellulose-based) biopolymers, use of lignin, [8] and many other important fields with relevant to our environment. We furthermore expect to be able to motivate researchers from different types of institutions to contribute to this panel, hoping to create an interinstitutional platform for discussion.

 

References

[1] P. T. Anastas and J. C. Warner, “Green chemistry : theory and practice.” Oxford England ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1998,

[2]  M. Lancaster, “Green chemistry : an introductory text”, 3rd edition. ed. Cambridge, UK: Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016

[3]  S. E. Manahan, “Green chemistry : fundamentals of sustainable chemical science and technology.” Columbia: ChemChar Research, 2004.

[4]  S. E. Manahan, “Fundamentals of environmental chemistry”, 3rd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2009

[5]  S. E. Manahan, “Environmental chemistry”, 9th ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2010

[6]  S. Kaliaguine and J.-L. Dubois, “Industrial green chemistry” Berlin ; Boston: De Gruyter, 2021

[7]  M. A. Benvenuto, “Green chemistry: water and its treatment”, 1. ed. (Green chemical processing,, no. 7). Boston: De Gruyter, 2021

[8]  C. Xu and F. Ferdosian, “Conversion of Lignin into Bio-Based Chemicals and Materials”, 1st ed. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Springer2017

 

Alle Panels unterliegen den Einreichkriterien von Track 3.​​