Catalysis for Sustainability: Goals, Challenges, and Impacts explores the intersection between catalytic science and sustainable technologies as a means to addressing current economic, social, and environmental problems. These problems include harnessing alternative energy sources, pollution prevention and remediation, and the manufacturing of commodity products.
The book describes the nature of catalysis regarding sustainability and presents challenges to accomplishing sustainability as well as the significance of proven or potential success. The contributors have backgrounds in academia and industry to create a more integrated picture of the issues involving sustainability and catalysis.
Broad in scope, the book covers topics such as traditional metal-mediated catalysis, organocatalysis, biocatalysis, biomimicry, and heterogeneous catalysis. It includes chapters dedicated to specific research areas of catalysis as they pertain to their effectiveness, their economic and environmental benefits, and the challenges researchers face in actualizing solutions. It also contains a chapter on the application of life cycle analysis to catalytic processes, demonstrating the need to holistically consider the sustainable impacts of a process. The book can be read in a straightforward fashion or skimmed without forfeiting understanding of the narrative on the strategies and intentions of research and development.
Throughout the book the requirements of sustainability are measured by the triple bottom line of environmental, economic, and social impacts. It highlights real-world implementations of catalytic processes in drug development, manufacturing, polymers, and energy. Catalysis for Sustainability: Goals, Challenges, and Impacts is a strong and versatile text. It provides an introduction to the field and the issues with which it is concerned, as well as a detailed and far-reaching discussion on current achievements and future progress.
Table of Contents
Catalysts and Sustainability
Thomas P. Umile
Transition Metal Catalysis for Organic Synthesis
Jeremy R. Andreatta and Meghna Dilip
Application of Organocatalysis in Sustainable Synthesis
Craig Jamieson and Allan J.B. Watson
Learning from Biology: Biomimetic Catalysis
Thomas P. Umile and Ryan S. Buzdygon
Biocatalytic Solutions for Green Chemistry
Erika M. Milczek and Birgit Kosjek
Montmorillonite Clays as Heterogeneous Catalysts for Organic Reactions
Matthew R. Dintzner
Harnessing Solar Energy: Transition Metal Catalysts for the Water Oxidation Process
Margaret H. Roeder, Bryan C. Eigenbrodt, and Jared J. Paul
Life Cycle Thinking Informs Catalysis Choice and Green Chemistry
Thomas P. Umile joined the Division of Natural and Computational Sciences at Gwynedd Mercy University in 2014 as assistant professor of chemistry. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2006 at the University of Scranton, where he studied microwave-assisted organic reactions and green chemistry with Michael C. Cann. Afterward, he joined the laboratory of John T. Groves at Princeton University, receiving his PhD in 2012 for the development of chlorine dioxide-generating metalloporphyrin catalysts. Prior to his faculty appointment, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Villanova University, where he taught organic chemistry and worked with Kevin P.C. Minbiole to isolate and characterize bioactive small molecules from microbial sources. His academic interests include the isolation and characterization of natural products and infusing undergraduate courses with green chemistry and sustainability.