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Introduction to Green Chemistry

Lesson Four: Bookcase of Green Chemistry Problems - Part One

Overview

Lesson 4 Bookcase The challenges that a green chemist faces are complex and broad. They touch a wide variety of fields and enterprises. Generally, two types of challenges lie before us: those that fit into our current economic paradigm, are shorter term, and are already being tackled. And those that are not being tackled and fall outside current business models, but still remain immensely important. Imagine each of the problems we face as a book on a bookshelf. In this lesson we discuss and explore the first three shelves of this "bookcase of challenges"—those that are shorter term and already being resolved. These include energy, efficiency and natural resources, or what chemists call feedstocks.