A Royal Society of Chemistry campaign designed to reduce waste at source in the chemical industry is to target schools, universities and industry.
The campaign, The Green Chemistry Network, aims to widen the traditional objective of high yield to include environmental and safety targets.
It will recommend measures including the design of solvent-free processes; the replacement of volatile or noxious solvents with water or environmentally friendly supercritical carbon dioxide; wider use of better catalysts; the use of alternative or renewable resources; and safer design concepts.
The campaign, based at the University of York, will use educational material, training courses, conferences and technology transfer fairs. An awards programme will be launched to encourage more students and industry workers into environmental research.
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