Chemists Are Now Nature's Friends

30.03.2012

Most chemical processes held in laboratories or industrially are rather harmful for environment. However, there are ways to minimize this harm and make chemistry more eco-friendly.

Water can dissolve

Liquid environment is a must for most chemical processes. Most solvents are toxic, but chemists from Berkeley University suppose that they all could be replaced with water. Nanometer particles would raise efficiency of chemical reactions. Another advantage of this method is room temperature for most reactions, which would save energy.

Less reactions – less waste

Minimization of technological processes would also make production of chemical substances less harmful. For example, production of heparin requires over 50 stages, and every one of them ends with toxic waste as well. Polytechnic University of New York performed a study which could reduce the number of stages for heparin production down to 12, which is a lot safer for environment.