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Searching for green solvents

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Academic research in the area of green solvents is focused on neither the industries that use solvents most nor the types of solvents that the research community believes have the best hope of reducing solvent-related environmental damage. Those of us who are primarily motivated by a desire to reduce such damage would do well to look at the major uses of solvents, to determine the problems that currently make those applications less-than-green and focus our research efforts on potential solutions to those problems. As a contribution to such efforts, I present four grand challenges in the field of green solvents: finding a sufficient range of green solvents, recognizing whether a solvent is actually green, finding an easily-removable polar aprotic solvent and eliminating distillation.

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11 Nov 2010
10 Dec 2010
First published
07 Feb 2011

Green Chem., 2011,13, 1391-1398
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Searching for green solvents

P. G. Jessop, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 1391
DOI: 10.1039/C0GC00797H

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