1st Edition

Catalysis for Sustainability Goals, Challenges, and Impacts

Edited By Thomas P Umile Copyright 2016
    214 Pages
    by CRC Press

    214 Pages 133 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.

    Catalysts and Sustainability. Transition Metal Catalysis for Organic Synthesis. Application of Organocatalysis in Sustainable Synthesis. Learning from Biology: Biomimetic Catalysis. Biocatalytic Solutions for Green Chemistry. Montmorillonite Clays as Heterogeneous Catalysts for Organic Reactions. Harnessing Solar Energy: Transition Metal Catalysts for the Water Oxidation Process. 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.