By Ana Koperniku Introduction 25% of pharmaceuticals contain an amide bond and 55% contain an amine functionality (figure 1). Due to the prevalence of these functional groups, sustainable production methods of this class of molecules is necessary. There are already many chemical methodologies that produce these compounds. Nevertheless, there is always space for improvement, especially… Continue reading In pursuit of sustainable methods: a short tutorial
By: Kaitlin Lovering Damon Gilmour is a graduate student at UBC working under the supervision of Dr. Laurel Schafer. Green Chem UBC spoke with Damon about his research and interest in sustainable science. As pictured above, Damon loves working in the glove box. Damon’s research aims to develop catalytic methods to produce structurally diverse small… Continue reading Interview: Green Chemist explains his interest in nitrogen containing compounds
Petrol and petrochemical derivatives are pervasive and damaging pollutants in the world’s’ water, and with the use of modified biodegradable PLA, green chemists have provided plastic novel system for the separation of oli/water mixtures. New research has shown that this system can, in turn, be used to clean oil spills.
To efficiently break down lignocelluloses found in plant cell walls, a variety of enzymes are needed. Glycoside hydrolases, one such group of carbohydrate active enzymes, have proven to be very efficient in the hydrolysis of many complex polysaccharides for utilization in the production of bioethanol.
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