Green Chemistry News

  • Toward a greener chemistry.
    As a young graduate of the University of British Columbia’s doctoral program in chemistry, Philip Jessop’s first job was at Research Development Corp. in Japan. But when his boss, Ryoji Noyori, suggested he work on supercritical carbon dioxide, he says, “I had to go the library and look up what it was.”
  • ‘Green’ route to chromanols.
    Researchers have developed a “green” method for creating chiral chromanols, two-ring aromatic structures that can be elaborated into bioactive compounds such as tocopherols. The antioxidant and other properties of tocopherols and related compounds make them good prospects for drug discovery, but they are difficult to synthesize.

Green Chemistry Drivers

  • BP oil spill dispersants still in environment.
    A common ingredient in human laxatives and in the controversial dispersants that was used to break down oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is still being found in tar balls four years later along Gulf Coast beaches including Perdido Key.
  • Cleaning up contaminated lands a long, complex process.
    Cleaning up thousands of tons of illegally dumped contaminated material, such as that found at four sites in Islip and Babylon, can take months to complete -- and fill deposited in fragile wetlands presents an even more complicated challenge, experts said.