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Green Chemistry News

  • University of Minnesota forges way as plastics research leader.
    Most plastics share a common origin as fossil fuels drilled out of the ground. Now, equipped with a recently awarded federal grant, U of Minn. researchers are working to even the playing field between traditional plastics and more environmentally friendly alternatives.
  • Copying nature’s assembly line.
    Organic chemists have long admired nature for its ability to perform chemistry in an assembly-line style, wherein the same reaction or sets of reactions are carried out repeatedly to create a target molecule. Polyketide natural products, for example, are biosynthesized via such an assembly-line process.
  • Smarter purchasing reduces toxins in Oregon.
    Oregon state agencies will now use their collective buying power to purchase less-toxic products – making Oregon safer and providing opportunities for Oregon businesses. The state approved new guidelines to support the purchase of less-toxic products without compromising effectiveness or best-value.
  • Oregon moves to step up 'green' purchasing.
    Oregon state agencies plan to use their collective buying power to purchase less-toxic products – making Oregon safer and providing opportunities for Oregon businesses, officials said Wednesday.

Green Chemistry Drivers

  • The next green revolution.
    The genes of all living things on Earth consist of varying sequences of four chemical compounds. By identifying genes and manipulating them, scientists hope to create new crops that will help us face the challenges of global warming and population growth.
  • China, the climate and the fate of the planet.
    If the world's biggest polluter doesn't radically reduce the amount of coal it burns, nothing anyone does to stabilize the climate will matter. Inside the slow, frustrating — and maybe even hopeful — struggle to find a new way forward.
  • Carpeting presents complex health issues.
    Stain repellents, backing materials, and volatile organic compounds in carpeting can have health effects, but the industry has been innovative in dealing with issues.