Do we need Green Analytical Chemistry?
There is very strong opinion that Green Analytical Chemistry is needed beside so-called common Analytical Chemistry. In this review it is attempted to convince people that there is no need for a separate branch of analytical chemistry. The science of Analytical Chemistry is developing new tools for providing high quality information that meets the needs and demands of end-users, and which is provided within a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost. An additional requirement in this development is that methods must fit their purpose in order to minimise unnecessary information and the additional cost of chemicals, solvents and energy this entails. It is very logical that research optimises analytical processes in order to provide the required information in a manner that is inherently safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly, and with the least possible consumption of materials and energy and less generation of waste. These are just changes in Analytical Chemistry according to the new principles in chemistry to become environmentally benign.
- This article is part of the themed collection: 3rd International Symposium on Green Chemistry