Chemistry for Sustainable Technologies
The importance of reconciling the
continuing needs of humankind with the protection of the environment and the earth's ability to provide for those needs is
now better recognised. Chemistry and chemical technology play an important role in this, though not on their own. Interdisciplinarity
and multidisciplinarity are, therefore, critically important concepts. This book, the first of its kind, provides an interdisciplinary
introduction to sustainability issues in the context of chemistry and chemical technology. The prime objective of this book
is to equip young chemists (and others) to better appreciate, defend and promote the role that chemistry and its practitioners
play in moving towards a society better able to control, manage and ameliorate its impact on the ecosphere. To do this, it
is necessary to set the ideas, concepts, achievements and challenges of chemistry and its application in the context of its
environmental impact, past, present and future, and the changes needed to bring about a more sustainable yet equitable world.
Covering aspects assumed, barely addressed or neglected in previous publications - it puts Green Chemistry in a much wider
(historic, scientific, technological, intellectual and societal) context and addresses complexities and challenges associated
with attitudes to science and technology, media treatment of scientific and technological controversies and difficulties in
reconciling environmental protection and global development. While the book stresses the central importance of rigour in the
collection and treatment of evidence and reason in decision-making, to ensure that it meets the needs of a wide community
of students, it is broad in scope, rather than deep. It is, therefore, appropriate to a wide audience including practising
scientists and technologists.
Scope of Book; Setting the Scene; Sustainability and Sustainable Development; Science
and its Importance; Measurement; Waste and Pollution; Chemistry and the Environment; Green Chemistry; Process Chemistry and
Reaction Engineering; Catalysis; Renewables; Energy Production; New Chemistry; The Chemist as Citizen
The message at
the beginning of Chapter 13 can be used to underline the point that the book is not written particularly to provide answers
but as a base (the 'foundation') for further inquiry to help understanding and awareness.