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How green is green chemistry? Chlorophylls as a bioresource from biorefineries and their commercial potential in medicine and photovoltaics

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Abstract

As the world strives to create a more sustainable environment, green chemistry has come to the fore in attempts to minimize the use of hazardous materials and shift the focus towards renewable sources. Chlorophylls, being the definitive “green” chemical are rarely used for such purposes and this article focuses on the exploitation of this natural resource, the current applications of chlorophylls and their derivatives whilst also providing a perspective on the commercial potential of large-scale isolation of these pigments from biomass for energy and medicinal applications.

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The article was received on 23 Nov 2014, accepted on 27 Jan 2015 and first published on 03 Feb 2015


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C4PP00435C
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Citation: Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015,14, 638-660
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    How green is green chemistry? Chlorophylls as a bioresource from biorefineries and their commercial potential in medicine and photovoltaics

    A. A. Ryan and M. O. Senge, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14, 638
    DOI: 10.1039/C4PP00435C

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