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Green Chemistry

SpecialChem / Edward M. Petrie & Edward Petrie – Feb 22, 2011

"Green chemistry" is considered to be a relatively new term but actually it has been around for quite some time. It is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous materials. All market sectors relying on chemistry are turning to the principles of "green chemistry" as a foundation for future development. The current state-of-the-art in green chemistry has been reached due to advances in research, implementation, and education over the past decade. However, the growth of green chemistry practices needs to increase at an accelerated pace if we are to meet the challenges of the future. This article reviews the origins of green chemistry and describes the basic principles involved. The factors that are driving the growth of green chemistry in today's adhesives and sealants industry are identified. The responsibilities of the raw material supplier and the adhesive formulator relative to green chemistry are also discussed in this review.

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