Issue 15, 2016

Metrics for green analytical chemistry


Green analytical chemistry, although not being a new concept, does not have a greenness metrics system. Green chemistry metrics are not suitable for analytical procedure assessment because they often refer to the mass of the product. Some efforts have been made to develop suitable metrics for analytical chemistry. Some are simple to use but do not cover all aspects of analytical methods’ environmental impact. Others are more comprehensive but may be difficult to be applied. The analytical reagents were not assessed but some clues about their greenness can be obtained from assessments from other branches of chemistry. New reagents and solvents applied in analytical chemistry require their detailed assessment in terms of greenness. Environmental issues have to be taken into consideration during reagent and solvent selection, analytical waste disposal practices, the energetic requirements of analytical processes and the development or selection of analytical procedures, and, for that reason, metrics systems are required.

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Article type
Critical Review
17 Feb 2016
03 Mar 2016
First published
04 Mar 2016
This article is Open Access
Creative Commons BY license

Anal. Methods, 2016,8, 2993-2999

Metrics for green analytical chemistry

M. Tobiszewski, Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 2993 DOI: 10.1039/C6AY00478D

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