3rd Edition

Introduction to Green Chemistry

By John Andraos, Albert S. Matlack Copyright 2022
    648 Pages 820 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    648 Pages 820 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Interest in green chemistry and clean processes has grown so much in recent years that topics such as fluorous biphasic catalysis, metal organic frameworks, and process intensification, which were barely mentioned in the First Edition, have become major areas of research. In addition, government funding has ramped up the development of fuel cells and biofuels. This reflects the evolving focus from pollution remediation to pollution prevention.

    Copiously illustrated with more than 800 figures, the Third Edition provides an update from the frontiers of the field. It features supplementary exercises at the end of each chapter relevant to the chemical examples introduced in each chapter. Particular attention is paid to a new concluding chapter on the use of green metrics as an objective tool to demonstrate proof of synthesis plan efficiency and to identify where further improvements can be made through fully worked examples relevant to the chemical industry.


    • Metal-organic frameworks
    • Metrics
    • Solid acids for alkylation of isobutene by butanes
    • Carbon molecular sieves
    • Mixed micro- and mesoporous solids
    • Organocatalysis
    • Process intensification and gas phase enzymatic reactions
    • Hydrogen storage for fuel cells
    • Reactive distillation
    • Catalysts in action on an atomic scale


    • Industry resistance to inherently safer chemistry
    • Nuclear power
    • Removal of mercury from vaccines
    • Removal of mercury and lead from primary explosives
    • Biofuels
    • Uses for surplus glycerol
    • New hard materials to reduce wear
    • Electronic waste
    • Smart growth

    The book covers traditional green chemistry topics, including catalysis, benign solvents, and alternative feedstocks. It also discusses relevant but less frequently covered topics with chapters such as "Chemistry of Long Wear" and "Population and the Environment." This coverage highlights the importance of chemistry to everyday life and demonstrates the benefits the expanded exploitation of green chemistry can have for society.

    1. Introduction

    2. Doing without Phosgene, Hydrogen Cyanide, and Formaldehyde

    3. The Chlorine Controversy

    4. Toxic Heavy Metal Ions

    5. Solid Catalysts and Reagents for Ease of Workup

    6. Solid Acids and Bases

    7. Chemical Separations

    8. Working without Organic Solvents

    9. Biocatalysis and Biodiversity

    10. Stereochemistry

    11. Agrochemicals

    12. Materials for a Sustainable Economy

    13. Chemistry of Long Wear

    14. Chemistry of Recycling

    15. Energy and the Environment

    16. Population and the Environment

    17. Environmental Economics

    18. Greening

    19. Metrics


    John Andraos earned a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry in 1992 from the University of Toronto. His current research is broadly defined as reaction optimization and discovery including: the application of reaction metrics for analysis of organic reactions and total syntheses of organic molecules; optimization of recycling and reagent retrieval protocols; discovery of new multi-component reactions by structural combinatorial techniques; unified mathematical analysis of green metrics; molecular and topological complexity and connectivity; and graph theoretical applications to sustainability research. He is the author of 70 peer reviewed journal articles, 11 book chapters, and 4 books on green chemistry.