By: Amanda Fogh “Chemical products should be designed so that at the end of their function they break down into innocuous degradation products and do not persist in the environment” In today’s day in age, it is a constant battle to be the best, as a person, but also in research and business. New novel… Continue reading Green Chemistry Principle #10: Design for Degradation
by Fennie Easton van der Graaf James Roberts is a Masters student in Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering. He investigated the application of primary microscreening and algae photobioreactors (PBR) as treatment processes in decentralized wastewater treatment. In general, wastewater treatment facilities mimic natural processes by following three main steps to remove organics and nutrients that would otherwise cause adverse effects to… Continue reading Talking Water Reuse Research with James Roberts
By Taniya Adak With mounting concerns over the state of our planet, a challenge that all scientists are struggling to address is how to increase quality of life while minimizing detrimental effects to human health, the environment and the biosphere. If Green Chemistry is not a panacea, it is certainly close to being one, as… Continue reading Green Chemistry Today
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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